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August 20, 2014

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JSU football: Seven Gamecocks graduate into school record book

JACKSONVILLE — Before the first ball is snapped in anger for the season, the 2014 Jacksonville State University Gamecocks have a spot in the record book. Lining up for head coach John Grass this season will be seven college graduates — the most in JSU history.

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Saturday 08/16/2014
Mark Edwards: Lineman is steady star for Jax State
Updated: August 16, 2014 - 8:22 pm

One of the strengths of Jacksonville State’s football team this year will be its defensive line.

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JSU football: Defense shines early, offense shines late in Saturday scrimmage
Updated: August 16, 2014 - 8:14 pm

JACKSONVILLE — After an 87-play scrimmage that lasted about 1 hour, 25 minutes Saturday afternoon, Jacksonville State’s football team got the rest of the weekend off — Sunday, too.

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Friday 08/15/2014
Barge plays in memory of his dad, tries to honor his ‘awesome mom’
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 5:31 pm

JACKSONVILLE — Judging by the numbers and the accolades, Josh Barge is a sports hero.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Transfer receiver Ruben Gonzalez finds up-tempo JSU offense to his liking
Posted: August 14, 2014

JACKSONVILLE — In Football Championship Subdivision programs like Jacksonville State, there is a fairly steady stream of athletes who transfer from Football Bowl Subdivision schools. Some, like Ryan Perrilloux, bring big reputations with them.

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Tuesday 08/12/2014
JSU football: James holds up under weight of heavy accomplishments
Updated: August 12, 2014 - 8:01 pm

JACKSONVILLE — Outside Jacksonville State University, everyone calls him DaMarcus James. Inside the Gamecocks’ athletics department, nobody calls him by that name — instead, it’s “Heavy.”

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Sunday 08/10/2014
JSU scrimmage: Defense shines in scrimmage
Updated: August 16, 2014 - 5:49 pm

JACKSONVILLE — Last year, all the talk about Jacksonville State football throughout the country was about its offense, after several record breaking performances.

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Saturday 08/09/2014
JSU football: Grass reflects on his preparation for becoming Gamecocks' head coach
Updated: August 09, 2014 - 10:27 pm

JACKSONVILLE — After being a volunteer assistant during his time in college at Jacksonville State and an assistant coach at his alma mater — Ashville High — John Grass’ wait to become a head coach wasn’t long. He took over as head coach at Ashville at only 27-years-old and hasn’t looked back since.

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Friday 08/08/2014
JSU football: Eli Jenkins thrives on competition for QB job
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 7:22 pm

JACKSONVILLE — Suppose you were a freshman All-American, a preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference selection and quarterback for a record-setting team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs – and you’re one of four guys getting first-team snaps in preseason camp. You’d be disappointed, right?

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Joe Medley: Change comes to NCAA, but we’d like to feel better about it
Updated: August 07, 2014 - 4:58 pm

The Big 5 conferences getting their way on autonomy might have been the best possible compromise for conferences big and small. It might have been a necessary preemptive change in the face of litigation that could force bigger change.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Gamecocks LB Endress expecting big things after spending most of last year on special teams
Updated: August 07, 2014 - 1:30 pm

JACKSONVILLE — Linebacker Ben Endress is a team player. He believes in setting an example for his fellow Jacksonville State Gamecocks to follow. A year ago, the Ashland native and Clay County High graduate put those beliefs into practice.

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Tuesday 08/05/2014
JSU football: Grass pleased with first full-pads workout
Updated: August 06, 2014 - 9:47 am

First-year Jacksonville State head coach John Grass put his squad through its first practice in full pads today, and he came away impressed with the effort.

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Landrum brings maturity to Jacksonville State defense
Updated: August 05, 2014 - 2:56 pm

JACKSONVILLE — Off the football field, it’s hard to catch Chris Landrum without a smile on his face. On the field, it’s hard for opposing offensive linemen to catch him at all — and that brings a smile to Jacksonville State’s coaches.

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Monday 08/04/2014
JSU sits at No. 8 in FCS coaches poll
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 9:52 pm

Jacksonville State is No. 8 in the preseason FCS coaches poll, which was released on Monday.

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Aussie punter thriving at college half a world away from home
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:18 pm

JACKSONVILLE — As the crow flies, if that crow had superpowers and could flap its way across the Pacific Ocean, it’s 5,582 miles from Jacksonville to Hamish MacInnes’ hometown. Needless to say, he doesn’t make weekend visits to see the folks.

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Saturday 08/02/2014
JSU football: Pair of transfer players adjusting life with Gamecocks
Updated: August 02, 2014 - 6:37 pm

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville State has built a decent pipeline from FBS programs to the FCS Gamecocks.

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JSU football: Holcombe looks to follow up big year with even better season
Updated: August 02, 2014 - 4:41 pm

JACKSONVILLE — Max Holcombe had a big year in 2013. He graduated with a degree in exercise science at Jacksonville State University, although he did miss out on walking the stage to receive his diploma because he was busy with the Gamecocks in an NCAA playoff quarterfinal game at Eastern Washington that weekend.

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Friday 08/01/2014
JSU football: Gamecocks open preseason workouts with night practice
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 11:09 pm

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville State opens its regular season in four weeks against Michigan State, its first FBS opponent since closing the 2012 season with Florida. Before the Gamecocks can kick off that game, they will go through preseason camp, and that began Friday night on campus.

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JSU's Merrill ready to play without pain of injury
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 5:18 pm

JACKSONVILLE — When Markis Merrill went down with a hip injury during Jacksonville State’s game against Tennessee State last year, it didn’t look good.

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Thursday 07/31/2014
Joe Medley: Gamecocks: Please pass expectations and gravy
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 3:20 pm

JACKSONVILLE — It wasn’t the red football field or Eastern Washington’s black-and-red uniforms that resonated with Ben Endress. The Clay County alum never much liked Linville colors, anyway.

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JSU QB battle begins with plenty of faces
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 6:30 pm

JACKSONVILLE — If Jacksonville State began its football season today, Gamecocks head coach John Grass likely would turn to sophomore Eli Jenkins as his starting quarterback.

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