Published on November 27, 2017 by Joey Mullins
Samford University junior quarterback Devlin Hodges and junior defensive lineman Ahmad Gooden were named the Southern Conference's 2017 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.
It was the first time since 2013 that Samford swept the player of the year honors.
Hodges is a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the top offensive player in all of the Football Championship Series division. Gooden is a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award for the top defensive player at the FCS level.
The awards will be celebrated at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation, scheduled for Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas, on the eve of the national championship game.
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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.