This is a bess beetle, Odontotaenius disjunctus. This particularl species is commonly known as the patent-leather beetle. It is also known as the Jerusalum beetle. The great thing about common names? There's no shortage of them... Heh. The little trooper was scampering under a log in Grand Bay WMA. Look closer and check out the little red organisms around the head! Mites, perhaps? Indeed! [jansonjones http://dusttracks.com]
Kudos to KalinayKrazies and Mandy Hollman for pointing me toward Odontotaenius disjunctus!