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2017 Schedule
6-7, 8th in Sun Belt
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Sun Belt conference to split into 2 divisions

The new format for the 2018 season was announced Tuesday at the Sun Belt's annual spring meeting and will break up the 10 teams into East and West Divisions.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

TE Gerald Everett, the 44th overall pick, flew out to Los Angeles for a top-30 visit and for a private workout with the Rams, meeting Jared Goff along the way. On what he brings, Everett told local reporters, "I think I bring the complete package of a tight end. Definitely a vertical threat, but also being a willing blocker in the run game. And just being able to create that mismatch at any point in time in the game."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

No one got more out of tight ends last year than Sean McVay did with Washington. With Lance Kendricks released earlier this offseason, McVay needed another TE to pair with Tyler Higbee, a fourth-round pick from last season. Like Higbee, Everett has size, is a major threat in the passing game and needs to develop as a blocker. McVay hopes Everett is his new Jordan Reed.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

TE Gerald Everett had a good week at Senior Bowl workouts. Route running and open field ability after the catch. At 239 pounds, with 4.6 speed, Everett will play an H-Back/Slot role in the Rams offense.

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Rams add tight end Gerald Everett

Jared Goff gets a weapon in the South Alabma tight end, who had 717 yards receiving last season.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

With the 44th pick, the Rams have selected Gerald Everett, a tight end out of South Alabama. 6-foot-3, 239 pounds; forms a nice complement to their other pass-catching tight end, Tyler Higbee. Tight ends are crucial to Sean McVay, and he needs a second one.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Gerald Everett is another of these no-blocking TEs who function as dynamic receivers, which is something Jared Goff and the Rams very much need. Can help them create mismatches on offense.

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Gerald Everett draft highlights (1:03)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Senior Bowl: TE to watch -- Gerald Everett (South Alabama). H-Back at the NFL level with route running ability. Showed some speed and ball skills today. Can work underneath versus linebackers and press the middle of the field.

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Sun Belt rules the Group of 5

Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Troy and Idaho all earned victories to give the Sun Belt a 4-2 bowl record, the best among Group of 5 conferences.

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Air Force flies past South Alabama 45-21 (1:12)

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Air Force beats South Alabama 45-21 in Arizona Bowl. The ViewFromVegas is the Falcons covered as 14.5-point favorites and the game went over the betting total of 54.5. This was the second straight cover by a favorite in the bowl games, but underdogs are still dominating at 23-9 ATS (71.9 percent). Unders dip to 18-14 (56.3 percent).

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Schlabach confident in Air Force

Mark Schlabach describes 30 of this year's 40 bowl games as toss-ups. However, this isn't one of them. He expects Air Force to handily win the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl over South Alabama. Schlabach's bowl predictions

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Rittenberg favors Air Force

South Alabama has had its ups and downs, beating San Diego State and Mississippi State but struggling on the road. That inconsistency leads ESPN's Adam Rittenberg to favor Air Force in the Arizona Bowl. Bowl Predictions

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

South Alabama and Louisiana-Lafayette both won on Saturday to finish 6-6, so there will be only two 5-7 teams in postseason bowl games: North Texas and Mississippi State.

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Xavier Johnson extends South Alabama's lead late with 35-yard TD (0:34)
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Sub-.500 teams will be needed for bowls again

The door is now open for sub-.500 teams to play in bowls again this season. There are 80 bowl slots to fill, and Saturday's games brought the number of bowl-eligible teams to 74.