Hawks' Cooley named to NAIA "Super Six"

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A.J. Cooley will add to his many Shorter rushing records in 2009

A.J. Cooley will add to his many Shorter rushing records in 2009

July 14, 2009

Grand Island, Neb. - Shorter College senior running back A.J. Cooley has been named one of the 2009 NAIA Football "Super Six" as announced by College Fanz Sports Network on Monday afternoon.

Cooley, a native of Bowdon, Ga., joins University of Sioux Falls defensive back Trevor Holleman and lineman T.J. Wendt, University of Saint Francis (Ind.) running back Daniel Carter, Saint Xavier University linebacker Mike Lally and Saint Ambrose wide receiver Mike Hayward as recipients of the preseason honor.

"This is an outstanding group of small college football players," said Jason Dannelly, director of college relations for College Fanz. "Each of these student-athletes has a great chance to lead their squads into the postseason."

Cooley, who was named to the NAIA Preseason All-America team by Sporting News several weeks ago, returns to the Hawks' backfield after finishing 2008 as the country's second-leading rusher.

Last season, he rushed for 1,558 yards and 21 touchdowns, both Shorter records, and rushed for over 200 yards on three separate occasions. Cooley averaged 6.0 yards-per-rush and just shy of 130 yards-per-game (129.8).

For his career, Cooley has rushed 515 times for 2,682 yards and 33 touchdowns in 34 games. Those numbers, in addition to his career average of 5.2 yards-per-carry, are all Shorter records.

This is the seventh season of the NAIA Super Six, which headlines the top football players in the NAIA.

Victory Sports Network is now part of College Fanz Sports Network, the world's largest online college sports community, with students, alumni and other fans of college sports. College Fanz boasts over 22,000 web pages devoted to more than 1,450 colleges and universities competing in over 225,000 NCAA and NAIA athletic events.

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