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13 December 2007
JSU's Hallford an All-American

JSU kicker Gavin Hallford, seen here against Eastern Kentucky, was named a third-team FCS All-American on Wednesday. Photo: Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star/File

From Staff Reports

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JACKSONVILLE Jacksonville State kicker Gavin Hallford has always said individual honors aren't a big thing to him. Whether it's leading the nation in field goals or making an All-American team, the junior puts team goals ahead of himself.

Although Hallford put his name in the school and conference record books and will lead the nation in field goals this season, he's gained only one All-American honor so far this postseason.

That came Wednesday when he was named third-team kicker on The Associated Press' Football Championship Subdivision All-America team.

Hallford, described many times by JSU coach Jack Crowe as a kicker with a linebacker's competitive spirit to the point that he's not afraid to stick his head in to make a tackle set the JSU school record and tied the Ohio Valley Conference record for field goals in a season, hitting 22 of 29 this season.

Unless Delaware kicker Jan Striefsky, the first-team AP pick, kicks nine field goals in Friday's FCS national championship game, Hallford will finish the season as the national statistical champion with a 2.0 field goals per game average.

He will become the Gamecocks' fifth NCAA statistical champion and first since Craig Agee led the nation in punt returns in 2004.

"It feels good to be ranked nationally No. 1," Hallford said when he first climbed to the top of the field goal chart earlier this season. "It's real cool to be ranked No. 1 nationally at any point in the year."

Hallford's 22 field goals bailed out a struggling JSU red-zone offense many times and broke a 33-year old JSU record. His 29 attempts also set a school record. He also set the school record by making four field goals in a game three different times during the season.

He becomes the 44th player to earn All-America honors in school history, and the seventh since the Gamecocks joined the OVC in 2003.

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