Former UWA coach Hall takes Division I OC gig

Will Hall departed Nov. 22, 2013 for West Georgia after three seasons at UWA. Wednesday, Hall left UWG for Louisiana-Lafayette to become the new offensive coordinator for the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Former University of West Alabama head coach Will Hall is joining the Division I ranks as an assistant. Hall, who went 25-11 in three seasons with UWA from 2011-13, accepted the offensive coordinator job with Louisiana-Lafayette of the Sun Belt Conference.

In heading for La-Lafayette, Hall leaves another Gulf South Conference school in West Georgia where he went 31-9 in three seasons with the Wolves.

The move to the Ragin’ Cajuns reunites Hall with ULL head coach Mark Hudspeth, who coached the Harlon Hill Trophy winner in 2003 at the University of North Alabama.

 

UWA announces 2015-2016 Cheerleader Squad

The University of West Alabama cheerleaders include: (front row from left) Abby Cook, Kelsey Davis, Hannah Davis, Quintana White, Michaela Cox, BreAnna Johnson, Libby Hankins, and Toni Wood. (Back row from left) Hunter Griffin, Tadie Phillips, Tasia Davis, Tanika Smith, Tia Lang, Nick Kosier, Maci Lankford, Elizabeth Jones, Kylee Koch, Bethany Harris, and Daniel Manning. The University's mascot LUie is Kevin Williams. (Contributed Photo)

The University of West Alabama cheerleaders include: (front row from left) Abby Cook, Kelsey Davis, Hannah Davis, Quintana White, Michaela Cox, BreAnna Johnson, Libby Hankins, and Toni Wood. (Back row from left) Hunter Griffin, Tadie Phillips, Tasia Davis, Tanika Smith, Tia Lang, Nick Kosier, Maci Lankford, Elizabeth Jones, Kylee Koch, Bethany Harris, and Daniel Manning. The University’s mascot LUie is Kevin Williams. (Contributed Photo)

LIVINGSTON, Ala.— The University of West Alabama has announced the 2015-2016 cheerleading squad, a talented slate of men and women who will make their sideline debut with the Tiger football team at the Sept. 5 season opener against Stillman.

Abby Cook of Woodland, Ala., is a junior elementary education major.

Michaela Cox of Russellville, Ala., is a sophomore athletic training major.

Tasia Davis of Madison, Ala., is a junior athletic training major.

Hannah Davis of Meridian, Miss., is a freshman athletic training major.

Kelsey Davis of Tuscaloosa, Ala., is a junior athletic training major.

Hunter Griffin of Caledonia, Miss., is a junior history education major.

Libby Hankins of Gordo, Ala., is a senior special education major.

Bethany Harris of Dora, Ala., is a freshman biology comprehensive major.

BreAnna Johnson of Ashville, Ala., is a freshman integrated marketing communications
major.

Elizabeth Jones of Ashville, Ala., is a sophomore elementary education major.

Kylee Koch of Gulf Shores, Ala., is a freshman integrated marketing communications major.

Nicholas Kosier of Lauderdale, Miss., is a junior athletic training major.

Tia Lang of Vernon, Ala., is a sophomore criminal justice major.

Maci Lankford of Jackson, Ala., is a sophomore integrated marketing communications
major.

Daniel Manning of Mobile, Ala., is a senior secondary education major.

Tadie Phillips of Mobile, Ala., is a sophomore athletic training major.

Tanika Smith of Boaz, Ala., is a junior athletic training major.

Quintana White of Tuscaloosa, Ala., is a junior biology comprehensive major.

Kevin Williams of Meridian, Miss., is a sophomore marine biology major.

Toni Wood of Corner, Ala., is a sophomore accounting major.

UWA’s cheerleader squad is lead by Libba McClendon of Greensboro, Ala. McClendon is also an admissions counselor at the University and cheered throughout her undergraduate career at UWA.

For more information on the University of West Alabama cheerleaders, please contact Libba McClendon at lmcclendon@uwa.edu or call 205-652-3878.

UWA falls to Midwestern State

Midwestern State gashed West Alabama for 348 yards and six rushing touchdowns on the way to a 42-27 victory over the Tigers in a matchup of NCAA Division II Top 20 teams Thursday at Tiger Stadium.

Midwestern State improved to 4-1 with the win. West Alabama dropped to 4-2.

Tailback Keidrick Jackson ran for 193 yards and three scores on 21 carries, while Mustang quarterback Brandon Kelsey added 117 yards and three more TDs against a UWA defense that came into the game allowing just 114 yards on the ground.

“That’s a good football team we played tonight that had a good plan,” UWA head coach Will Hall said. “Keidrick Jackson is a big time football player. He broke tackles and ran it hard. I tip my hat to him.

“We need to learn from this and then put it behind us,” Hall said. “We can still focus on winning the Gulf South Conference and work toward being a top two seed in the NCAA Playoffs.”

UWA opened the scoring on a 1-yard run by Danny Hobbs, capping an 11-play, 65-yard drive on the Tigers first possession. Hobbs finished with 109 yard rushing on 24 carries in his first start since a knee injury sidelined Tiger star runner Matt Willis.

Kelsey scored from 17 yards with 1:04 left in the first period to even the score at 7-7, but Gary Johnston hooked up with Marcus Brown on a 65-yard catch and run on the final play of the first quarter to put UWA up 14-7.

Kelsey scored again from 1-yard out to cap a nine-play, 83-yard drive with 4:06 to play in the first half to even the score at 14. Johnston connected with Tyler O’Neal on a 4-yard jump pass with 19 seconds left in the half, putting the Tigers up 21-14.

Keith Gibson forced a Chauncey Harris fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Shontral Ford recovered at the Midwestern 18, leading to a 40-yard field goal by Ryne Smith to give West Alabama a 24-14 lead at the half.

The second half belonged to the Mustangs from Wichita Falls, Texas. West Alabama’s only score came on a 33-yard field goal by Smith, extending his consecutive made streak to 22.

Jackson scored on a 9-yard run on the Mustangs first possession of the second half. The score was set up by a 54-yard punt return by Neiko Caldwell.

Pat Gardner recovered a Johnston fumble just past midfield on UWA’s next drive, setting up a 1-yard Jackson run to give the Mustangs a 28-24 lead with 3:27 left in the third quarter.

“I thought the momentum swung at that point and we never answered the bell,” Hall said. “We just couldn’t manage to get the ball in the end zone in the second half.”

Jackson scored his third touchdown, a 45-yard run on fourth-and-one to stretch the Mustangs lead to 35-27 with 8:00 left to play. After being hemmed up in the backfield, Jackson several tackles on the way to the end zone. Kelsey got in from the one with 59 seconds left to finish the scoring.

Johnston completed 7-of-14 for 106 and the two touchdowns, while Kyle Caldwell was 6-of-7 for 70 yards for the Tigers. Brown caught three passes for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Otha Foster and Deon Lacey were credited with seven tackles each for West Alabama. Taiyon Jackson had 11 tackles to lead Midwestern State.