Marshall's Brandon Byrd --
Cumberland's football team picked up an offensive playmaker last week when transfer Brandon Byrd announced his commitment to the Bulldogs. Byrd will be eligible once he is admitted to school.
A native of Gibsonville, Fla., Byrd spent the last two seasons at NCAA Divison I Marshall University -- sitting out a redshirt in 2013 and playing behind three productive backs in 2014.
Byrd rushed 23 times for 94 yards and one touchdown, all in Weeks 2-5 of the 2014 season for the Thundering Herd.
He had a long run of 19 yards - his TD rush to finish the Herd scoring at Akron. Byrd scored a special teams touchdown one game later (Oct. 4) in the C-USA opener at Old Dominion.
He prepped at East Bay High School in Florida and finished his senior season with 470 yards on 85 carries, plus 191 yards on 11 catches -- scoring 12 TDs. He also returned six kickoffs for 114 yards and five punts for 163 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown return.
NAIA academic awards
Ten Cumberland squads received the NAIA Scholar-Team Award recognition this week, as announced by the national office.
Teams must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution to be eligible for the award, with all eligible varsity student-athletes factored into the team GPA.
Cumberland's women's golf squad posted the highest GPA during the 2014-15 academic year at 3.48, while men's tennis posted a 3.44 GPA, women's tennis and women's soccer recorded a 3.34 and women's cross country finished with a 3.33.
Men's cross country registered a 3.19 GPA, men's soccer posted a 3.15, softball and volleyball collected a 3.13 and wrestling ended the year with a 3.04.