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Gardner-Webb Duo Included On College Football Performance Awards Watch Lists
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          Release: May 29, 2013
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DAVIDSON, N.C. – Two of Gardner-Webb's primary offensive weapons heading into the 2013 season are included on their respective positional Preseason Watch Lists by College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).

Redshirt junior Kenny Cook (Clinton, S.C. / Clinton HS) was named to the watch list for receivers by CFPA and returns for his second season with the Runnin' Bulldogs after leading the team in receptions and yardage last season. The 6-foot-4, 216-pounder remains one of the Big South's most physically imposing and dynamic receiving threats, both over the middle and down the field.

Cook earned All-Big South Conference honors in 2012 after posting 48 catches for 666 yards and seven touchdowns – all team highs. His 31 receptions in league play mark the top returning total for the 2013 season. Cook is one of 33 receivers nationally from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to earn a spot in this year's watch list – and one of only two from the Big South Conference.

Redshirt junior Seth Cranfill (Sherrill's Ford, N.C. / Bandys HS) enters the 2013 season as an All-America candidate at tight end and as one of the best receiving threats at his position nationally.

An athletic, 6-foot-4, 235-pound, All-Big South Conference selection, Cranfill set new single-season receptions records for Gardner-Webb and the Big South Conference in 2012. He paced the league's tight ends with 37 catches for 366 yards and two touchdowns – finishing as the only player at his position in the top-10 in the league stats for receptions. Cranfill also ranked among the national leaders in tight ends receptions last season.

Both Cook and Cranfill enjoyed strong spring practice seasons under new head coach Carroll McCray, adjusting quickly to the new spread offense. Returning redshirt junior quarterback Lucas Beatty (Charlotte, N.C. / Olympic HS) led the Big South Conference in passing yards per game in 2012, and a third returning receiving threat – redshirt junior Deonte Swinton (Phenix City, Ala. / Central HS) – hauled in 41 passes to finish among the top-10 in the league in receptions.

The quartet forms a strong nucleus expected to provide Gardner-Webb one of the top aerial attacks in the Big South Conference in 2013.

The Runnin' Bulldogs open the 2013 season on Saturday, August 31, at home against Furman. Kickoff is set for 6:00 pm in Ernest W. Spangler Stadium / Coach Norman Harris Field.



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