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UNA Athletic Hall Of Fame To Induct Jeff Surbaugh As Part Of Class Of 2017

July 12, 2017
Wetzel Chronicle

Florence - The twenty-eighth class of inductees for the University of North Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame has been selected and includes former Magnolia high school standout and new Martinsville, native Jeff Surbaugh.

Joining Surbaugh in the the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017 are football All-American Blake Farris, women's basketball standout Becky Mauck Gentry and men's golf All-American Billy Pomeroy.

The group will be formally inducted into the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 7 as part of UNA's 2017 Homecoming celebration.

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Following its creation in 1990, the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame inducted four members each year through 2005. From 2006-2014 that number was expanded to six. Beginning in 2015 the induction class returned to four honorees per year.

This year's induction brings the total number of inductees into the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame to 130.

Jeff Surbaugh (Football 1990-93)

A four-year Letterman and three-year starter on North Alabama football teams from 1990-93, Jeff Surbaugh helped lead UNA to three NCAA Division II Playoff appearances in his four seasons at the school and a combined 32-14-1 record.

After playing his first two seasons on the defensive line, Surbaugh moved to the offensive line as a junior in 1992 and started there in 1992 and 1993.

Surbaugh had a strong freshman season at defensive end in 1990, earning Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts against Tennessee-Martin. He finished the season with 24 tackles, two tackles for loss and two and a half quarterback sacks for 15 yards. He started at defensive end again as a sophomore in 1991 and made 51 tackles He had two tackles for loss, caused three fumbles and recovered two and added a pass break-up.

In 1992 he started all 12 games as UNA went 7-4-1 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division II Playoffs with a new triple-option offense. As a senior he was selected first-team All-American by the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors and the Football Gazette in 1993, was a second-team pick by the Associated Press and a third-team selection by C.M. Frank. He was also chosen first-team All-Gulf South Conference and All-South Region and later selected to play in the inaugural Snow Bowl NCAA Division II All-Star Game.?A native of New Martinsville, W.V., Surbaugh helped lead the way for a UNA offense that powered to more than 70 school records in 1993. The Lions went 14-0, winning the GSC and NCAA Division II National Championships. UNA rushed for 5,196 yards, averaged 371.1 yards rushing per game and 481.0 total yards per game to set UNA and GSC records. The team's 63 rushing touchdowns were 20 more than any team in GSC history and the Lions averaged 7.0 yards per play for the entire season.

Surbaugh was selected for the 50th Anniversary UNA Football Team for 1949-98 and was named to Gulf South Conference Team of the 1990s.

A 1993 UNA graduate with a degree in Marketing, Surbaugh currently resides in Hickory, N.C., with his wife Melissa and they have three sons, Nathan, Jacob and Noah. He works in product development and sales with Tailored Foam, Inc.?

Information used with permission from the University of Northern Alabama's Athletics,



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