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Four Former Rangers Suiting Up in FBS Bowl Games
 December 6, 2012

SENATOBIA – Not only was Northwest successful on the football field this fall and played in the postseason, but also four former Rangers will be making appearances in FBS bowl games this December and January for Texas, East Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette and Ole Miss.

Former First Team All-American left tackle Donald Hawkins and Texas (8-4) will be playing in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 29 in San Antonio against Oregon State (9-3).

Former All-American return specialist and wide receiver Lance Ray will be taking the field for East Carolina (8-4) against UL-Lafayette (8-4) on Saturday, Dec. 22 against another former Ranger in offensive lineman Terry Johnson. The two teams will meet in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

Former Ranger tight end Jamal Mosley and Ole Miss (6-6) will meet Pittsburgh (6-6) in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday, Jan. 5. The Rebels are coached by former Ranger and Independence native, Hugh Freeze.

Second Team All-WAC wide receiver Myles White and Louisiana Tech ended their season 9-3 overall, but will not play in a postseason bowl game. Marcus Henry, who was injured and missed most of the season for MTSU, was second on the team in receiving before he went down. The BlueRaiders closed the year 8-4.

Kevin Buford, a former All-American placekicker for Northwest, helped Central Arkansas (9-3) to the second round of the FCS Playoffs before being upended by Georgia Southern.

Courtney Easterwood, a former Ranger offensive lineman, and West Alabama (9-4) made it to the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs before being knocked off by Valdosta State. The Tigers are coached by Will Hall, also a former standout quarterback for the Rangers who owns multiple school records.

A wide receiver turned defensive back, Camaren Harris and UT-Martin closed the year 8-3 overall and tied for the best winning percentage in the OVC before being snubbed for a playoff bid.

The success of Northwest football continues to show at the next level, with 37 former Rangers inking with four-year schools in the last five years alone.



























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