Local College Awards
Christopher Birozes #49
WINGATE UNIVERSITY | KICKER/PUNTER
Chris Birozes is a punter and finance major at Wingate who excels not only on the football field, but also in the classroom. Birozes is deeply committed to his academic excellence and since 2014 has been on the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
As of October 2017, Birozes has racked up nine punts inside the 20-yard line and two punts for 50 yards or longer. He is currently averaging 37.4 yards per punt this season.
During the 2016 season, Birozes was redshirted and was able to focus on his recovery from a successful liver transplant.
As the highlight of his 2015 season, Birozes was named to the Academic All-America® Division II football second team with a perfect 4.000 GPA. Chris was also named the SAC Special Teams Player of the Week following a stellar performance in a road win over Shaw University. Over the course of 2015, Chris landed 13 punts inside the 20-yard line, six punts over 50 yards, and averaged 40.3 yards per punt that season.
In 2014, Chris recorded a punt inside the 20-yard line and a 46-yard boot in a home win over UNC Pembroke.
Born to Anthony and Mary Birozes, Chris is part of a large family with three brothers and two sisters. He attended Pinecrest Academy in Georgia where he holds the school record for the longest punt (68 yards) and longest TD reception (74 yards). At Pinecrest, Chris was a multi-sport athlete where he lettered all four seasons on the swim team.
Terrance Ervin #4
JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY | QUARTERBACK
Starting quarterback for the Golden Bulls, Terrance Ervin is one of the newest additions to the Johnson C. Smith University team. Ervin played his 2016 season with Louisburg College where he averaged 189.8 yards per game with only three interceptions for the season. Following the conclusion of the season, Ervin traded in his number 12 Hurricane jersey for a number 4 Golden Bulls jersey.
On September 2nd of this year, Ervin saw his first action as a Golden Bull against local rival Wingate University. In that same game, Ervin had a season high of 228 passing yards and rushed for 57 yards. Later in the season on October 7th, Ervin rushed for career-high 58 yards against Winston-Salem State University. At the end of his first season with JCSU, Ervin racked up over 1,500 total yards and completed 46% of his passes.
Ervin is an Interdisciplinary Studies Major, from Richmond, Virginia and is the son of Charnetta Lee and Michael Ervin.
Brandon Samuel Floyd #77
CATAWBA COLLEGE | OFFENSIVE LINEMAN
Offensive linemen typically don’t get much recognition, but Brandon Samuel Floyd, who started in every game in 2017, has been a key contributor for the 8-2 Indians. Catawba racked up over 4000 total yards, averaged more than 150 rush yards per game and only allowed 10 sacks for the season.
In 2016, Floyd was on the field for nine games as a right tackle. In 2015, Floyd was medically redshirted due to an unfortunate season ending injury, but continued to support his team throughout the year.
Floyd started all 11 games in 2014 and averaged two knockdown blocks per game. He began his college football career in 2013 with playing time in 10 with seven starts for the Catawba Indians at right tackle.
Brandon Samuel Floyd is the son of Shirley Floyd and was born on January 30, 1995. He attended South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Floyd is currently pursuing a degree in Sports Management and achieved an impressive 3.05 GPA in the spring semester of 2016.
Jacob Henderson #80
GARDNER-WEBB UNIVERSITY | WIDE RECEIVER
Jacob Henderson has been the most reliable punt returner for the Runnin’ Bulldogs special teams since 2014 with deceptive speed, quickness and a willingness to block, even though his main position is wide receiver. So far in 2017, Henderson is averaging an impressive 16 yards per catch.
In 2016, Henderson caught a career-high 15 passes for 162 yards, a 38-yard touchdown reception and carried four punts for a career-best 8.5 yards average per return.
Henderson played in 10 games in 2015 and started as a slot receiver in five of them. He played a crucial role in special teams during the season, where he returned three kickoffs for 50 yards and brought back six punt returns.
During his career at Gardner-Webb, Henderson has accumulated 41 catches for 439 yards with one touchdown and has returned 18 punts for 108 yards, two of which were 20 yards or longer.
Originally from Waxhaw, NC, Henderson attended Marvin Ridge High School where he returned a combined 10 kickoffs and punts for touchdowns during his career and he was a three-time All-Conference selection.
Karrington King #50
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE | LINEBACKER
Former walk-on turned record-holder, Karrington King broke the 49ers all-time record with 267 career tackles. King was a key component in the UNCC defense before a dislocated knee sidelined him for the remainder of this season. At the time of his injury, King ranked fourth in tackles in Conference USA averaging 8.9 tackles per game. The senior started all seven games prior to his injury and had eight or more tackles in every game.
King began at linebacker in every game in the 2016 season. He was tied for the second most tackles for the 49ers with 73 total tackles, including 28 solo tackles.
In 2015, King made it on the field for all 12 games and started three games in place of an injured linebacker. He had a fumble recovery in his first-ever Conference USA game at Middle Tennessee State.
King played in all 11 games in 2014 and was a starting linebacker for eight of them. He finished the season with 79 tackles and an impressive 44 solo tackles. During the 2013 season, King was redshirted and spent the season observing his new team.
The Charlotte native was born on April 26, 1995 to Rotarsha King and is majoring in Management Information Systems. By focusing on his studies during the off season, King made the Athletic Director’s list in spring of 2015 and the Dean’s List in spring of 2016.
Ben Rowell #7
DAVIDSON COLLEGE | SAFETY/PUNT RETURNER
As one of the team captains, Ben Rowell has been a consistent performer for the Wildcats in 2017. He had a season-high seven tackles in the game against Western Carolina and returned a season-high six punts for 30 yards against Brevard in September.
Rowell saw action in seven games in 2016, averaging nine tackles per game for a total of 19 solo and 27 combined tackles. He also returned 13 punts for 298 yards and eight kickoffs for 114 yards.
Upon completion of the 2015 season, Rowell had returned 17 kickoffs for a total of 483 yards and tallied up 40 tackles. With stats like these, Rowell easily made the All-Pioneer Football League Second Team for return specialist. He was also named to the College Football Performance Awards FCS Watch List in 2015.
The Wildcats utilized Rowell’s talent in 2014 and he played in every game that season. He recorded 44 tackles and averaged 21.5 yards per kick return.
Born on January 25, 1996 to Jeff and Vanessa Rowell in Woodstock, Georgia, Ben attended Etowah High School. Ben is a political science major.