Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Georgia Southern QB, FB Honored

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Georgia Southern QB, FB Honored

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Georgia Southern quarterback Chaz Williams and fullback Jermaine Austin were selected yesterday to The Sports Network's 2003 Division I-AA Preseason All-America Team.

Williams and Austin, each second-team selections, were the only players chosen from their team and the only offensive players selected from the Southern Conference.

Williams rushed for 1,422 yards and 27 touchdowns, an NCAA record for a Division I-AA quarterback, last year to earn SoCon offensive player of the year honors and lead the Eagles to their sixth consecutive league title.

Austin, who replaced standout fullback Adrian Peterson, was the conference's freshman of the year after rushing for 1,416 yards and eight touchdowns.

He had seven consecutive 100-yard rushing games.

-- GOLF

ZOELLER WINS PAR-3 SHOOTOUT -- Two days after finishing tied for fourth in the U.S. Senior Open, Fuzzy Zoeller was the easy winner in the Par-3 Shootout, finishing with $330,000.

Fred Couples, last year's winner of the two-day, 18-hole skins event played at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Mich., finished with $90,000 as did Lee Trevino, who was shut out over the final nine holes. Phil Mickelson, who was bothered by a sore neck, won $30,000.

Each skin was worth $20,000, while the player closest to the pin on each hole collected another $10,000. A hole-in-one was worth $1 million.

GATES JR. WINS JUNIOR AMATEUR -- Robert Gates Jr. of Gainesville shot 66 at the Champions Club at Julington Creek and won the U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier by nine shots, at 10-under-par 134. Gates shot 68 in the first round.

The other qualifier for the Junior Amateur is Chase Macfarland of Savannah, who had a 72 to give him a total of 1-under 143. The four alternates, in order, are Kyle Simmons of Toronto, Canada (145), Mark Silvers III of Savannah (146), Toby Ragland of Jacksonville (149) and Cameron Hooper of Jacksonville (149). …

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