Jacksonville State Gamecocks football

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Jacksonville State Gamecocks
2014 Jacksonville State Gamecocks football team
First season 1904 (1904)
Athletic director Warren Koegel (retiring)
Head coach John Grass
1st year, 10–2 (.833)
Home stadium Burgess–Snow Field at JSU Stadium
Stadium capacity 24,000
Stadium surface Fieldturf
Location Jacksonville, AL
League NCAA Division I (FCS)
Conference Ohio Valley Conference
All-time record 531–391–40 (.573)
Postseason bowl record 0–0 (–)
Claimed national titles 1 (D-II)
Conference titles 19
Division titles 0
Heisman winners 0

Red and White

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Marching band Marching Southerners
Rivals Troy Trojans(Battle for the Ol' School Bell)
Samford Bulldogs
Website JSUGamecockSports.com
For information on all Jacksonville State University sports, see Jacksonville State Gamecocks

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Jacksonville State University located in the U.S. state of Alabama. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Ohio Valley Conference. Jacksonville State's first football team was fielded in 1904. The team plays its home games at the 24,000 seat Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium in Jacksonville, Alabama. The Gamecocks are coached by John Grass.[1]


Jacksonville State University's first football team, the Eagle Owls, was formed in the late 19th century. During the first half century of play, Troy University and Samford University became their rivals. Before the start of the 1947 season, not only did the team change their colors from blue and gold to red and white but the mascot changed to the Fighting Gamecocks.[2]

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:

Year-by-year results[edit]


National championships[edit]

Jacksonville State has made four appearances in the NCAA Division II National Championship Game. The Gamecocks were defeated in their first three championship game appearances, losing 33–0 to Lehigh in 1977, 3–0 to Mississippi College in 1989 (later vacated), and 23–6 to Pittsburg State in 1991. The next year, the Gamecocks defeated Pittsburg State 17–13 in 1992, reversing the results in a rematch of their 1991 championship game.

Year NCAA Division Coach Record National Championship Game Opponent PF PA Location
1992 II Bill Burgess 12–1–1 1992 Division II National Championship Game Pittsburg State 17 13 Florence, AL
Total national championships 1

Conference championships[edit]

Conference affiliations:

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1962 Alabama Collegiate Conference (Co-Championship) Don Salls 4–3–2  ?
1963 Alabama Collegiate Conference (Co-Championship) Don Salls 4–4–1  ?
1964 Alabama Collegiate Conference Don Salls 4–4–1  ?
1965 Alabama Collegiate Conference Jim Blevins 7–2–0  ?
1966 Alabama Collegiate Conference Jim Blevins 8–2–0  ?
1970 Mid-South Conference Charley Pell 10–0–0  ?
1974 Gulf South Conference Clarkie Mayfield 7–4–0  ?
1977 Gulf South Conference Jim Fuller 11–3–0  ?
1978 Gulf South Conference Jim Fuller 7–3–0  ?
1981 Gulf South Conference Jim Fuller 8–3–0  ?
1982 Gulf South Conference Jim Fuller 10–2–0  ?
1988 Gulf South Conference (Co-Championship) Bill Burgess 10–2–0  ?
1989 Gulf South Conference Bill Burgess 13–1–0  ?
1991 Gulf South Conference Bill Burgess 12–1–0  ?
1992 Gulf South Conference Bill Burgess 12–1–1  ?
2003 Ohio Valley Conference Jack Crowe 8–4–0 7–1–0
2004 Ohio Valley Conference Jack Crowe 9–2–0 7–1–0
2011 Ohio Valley Conference (Co-Championship) Jack Crowe 7–4–0 6–2–0
2014 Ohio Valley Conference John Grass 10-2–0 8-0–0
Total conference championships 19


Active rivalry[edit]

Samford Bulldogs[edit]

This unnamed rivalry started in 1904[3] back when Jacksonville wore blue and gold as the Eagle Owls and Samford University was still named Howard College.

Jacksonville State/Samford: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting JSU wins JSU losses Ties Win %
46 1904 (?) November 30, 2013 (won 55–14) 23 21 2 50.0%

Inactive rivalry[edit]

Troy Trojans[edit]

Jacksonville State used to play Troy in the annual Battle for the Ol' School Bell. The schools first played in 1924 and was one of the fiercest rivalries for both schools. The game hasn't been played since 2001 after Troy joined the FBS.

Jacksonville State/Troy: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting JSU wins JSU losses Ties Win %
63 October 9, 1924 (won 14–9) November 17, 2001 (lost 3–21) 32 29 2 50.8%

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Title
John Grass Head Coach
Jimmy Ogle Assistant Head Coach, Running Backs
Trey Clark Offensive Line
Larry Smith Quarterbacks
Nick Williams Wide Receivers, Special Teams Assistant
J.R. Sandlin Tight Ends, Recruiting Coordinator
Brandon Hall Co-defensive Coordinator, Safeties, Cornerbacks
David Blackwell Co-defensive Coordinator, Inside Linebackers
Todd Bates Defensive Line
Nick Gentry Outside Linebackers


Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
at Chattanooga at LSU vs Chattanooga vs Chattanooga [5]
at Auburn
Mississippi Valley State


External links[edit]