BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb’s Football Stars Ty French and Narii Gaiter each earned a spot on the 2022 preseason All-America Stats Perform FCS team on Monday.
Considered the gold standard among All-America teams in the football championship subdivision, the 2022 version represents 57 schools and 105 different players from across the country.
French (Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt County HS) has been one of the most feared pass rushers in the nation since arriving on campus in 2020. He was the Big South Defensive Freshman of the Year after the spring season in 2021, and followed that up with another All-Big South first-team nod last fall.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior was a Hero Sports Freshman All-America in the spring and a Sophomore All-America in the fall. The Frenchman has 22.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks in just 14 career games so far, disrupting opposing defenses to the tune of 132 yards shed.
Last season, the Frenchman totaled 61 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He was dominant against Big South foes, recording seven of his sacks in the last four games he played.
Gaither (Rock Hill, SC / Rock Hill HS) added to a growing list of pre-season honors, earning a spot as a versatile defenseman. The 5-foot-10, 181-pound Dynamo is one of the nation’s top dual threats, capable of dominating a game on the ground or in the air.
He is one of only two returning guards for 2022 who have led their team in rushing yards and receptions. Gaither, who played just nine full games, carried 178 times for 991 yards and seven touchdowns — while leading the Deep South with 5.6 yards per carry. He also led GWU with 42 catches for 351 yards and five scores, and had two games with at least 10 receptions late in the season.
Gaither recorded a pair of 150-yard rushing games, doing it in just over half the action against Campbell. He recorded back-to-back titles in the Deep South and had 1,454 career yards in just 26 games – much of that damage having come in the last 12 games.
The two are part of a promising group returning for Gardner-Webb for the upcoming season. The Runnin’ Bulldogs welcome back 24 men with starting experience on offense and defense and 62 winners.
The team opens preseason training Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at Spangler Stadium. The season opener is scheduled for Thursday, September 1 against Limestone. Tickets are available online at GWUSports.com or by calling the Sports Department at (704) 406-4340.