Oops… TSU now eligible for postseason after recalculation of APR

Oops… TSU now eligible for postseason after recalculation of APR

Posted on 04 June 2015 by Allen


TSU made a big announcement last week about their APR being too low and were going to be banned from the postseason in football. Now it seems that they made a mistake and will be eligible afterall.

Here’s the release from TSU.

The Tennessee State Athletic Department received news, Thursday, that due to a recalculation of the football program’s multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR), the team is not subject to a postseason ban or Level I penalty for the upcoming season.

“Although many perceive the APR as purely academic, it is actually more complex than that with retention being an equal part of the calculation,” Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips said. “The athletics department, university and football staff will continue to work together in meeting and exceeding the standards established by the NCAA.”

On May 27, the NCAA published its annual report in which the Tennessee State football program’s rate was deemed to be below the benchmark set by the NCAA.

With Thursday’s news, the Tennessee State athletic program continues its stretch of exceeding the NCAA’s APR threshold for all sports and has never been issued a postseason ban or penalty of any level.

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TSU Football works to improve academic standing following NCAA Notice of Postseason Ban

TSU Football works to improve academic standing following NCAA Notice of Postseason Ban

Posted on 27 May 2015 by Allen


Tennessee State University has implemented new programs to improve academic performance of its football-student athletes. This comes following notification from the NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance that the program will be banned from postseason competition for the 2015 season. The notice states that the TSU football program failed to meet the academic standards required by the NCAA Academic Progress Rate. This year marks the first time that a TSU athletic program has ever been issued a post-season ban or Level I penalty since the NCAA started collecting APR data 11 years ago.

“While 14 of our athletic programs have scored at or above the NCAA’s APR benchmark, unfortunately, the football team fell short,” said Teresa Phillips, director of Athletics. “We take the academic progress of our student athletes very seriously and have implemented new processes and procedures for our coaches and students to address this issue and improve the overall administration of the football program. I am confident that these new measures will rectify the problem going forward.”

The sanctions against TSU are a result of the multiyear APR calculations—a four-year measurement covering the academic years 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14. The football team’s multiyear APR score was 915, falling short of the 920 benchmark set forth by the NCAA for limited resource institutions.

As a result, the football program will be subject to a Level I penalty. This penalty reduces the number of hours allowed for regular season athletic related activities – an amount that must be replaced with activities related to academics. Last fall, the TSU athletics department made serious and substantive modifications to the football program to address the APR score decline. Some of the measures include:

• Developing and submitting an improvement plan outlining future expectations;
• Increasing academic support for student-athletes, including the proposed addition of an advisor specifically assigned to football;
• Improving accommodations, support and access to student-athlete tutoring services;
• Relocating to an upgraded facility that includes a larger computer lab, tutoring room and quiet study area;
• Developing a new policy that requires increased study-hall hours for students with GPAs that are below standards;
• Implementing a zero-tolerance policy for class and study hall absences; and
• Requiring head football coach and key assistants to attend the yearly NCAA Rules Seminar

TSU President Glenda Glover issued the following statement regarding the NCAA’s announcement citing the university.
“Educating and graduating our student athletes is a top priority for all our programs, including football,” said Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover. “It is clear we should have done a better job monitoring the academic progress of our football student-athletes. However, recent changes within our (football) program have already had a significant impact in achieving the success we expect in the classroom. We will strive to maintain that standard as we move forward. Winning on the field is important, but the most important thing to all of us is for our student-athletes to obtain their degrees.”

All intercollegiate sports programs at NCAA member institutions receive an APR score during the academic year. Scores are compiled based on points given for eligibility and retention for student-athletes that receive athletic scholarships and financial aid each semester. Teams lose points when a scholarship player is not academically eligible to play at the end of a semester or transfers without a minimum 2.6 GPA.

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Davidson Joins TSU Football Staff as Ends Coach

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Davidson Joins TSU Football Staff as Ends Coach

Posted on 15 April 2015 by Allen


Tennessee State head football coach Rod Reed officially announced the hiring of Nick Davidson, Wednesday, to coach the defensive ends and take over as the team’s recruiting coordinator.

Prior to his arrival on campus in a full-time role, Davidson spent 2013 as a graduate assistant on the Tiger staff.

“We were really impressed with the job Nick did in 2013,” Reed said. “So we are excited to bring him back in a larger role. He is a young coach that brings enthusiasm and the ability to recruit south Ga. to the table.”

While at TSU, Davidson helped guide Big Blue to a 10-4 record and a top-10 nationally ranked defense.

Davidson coached five All-OVC players on the defensive front, including end Anthony Bass who was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year after recording 14.5 sacks. In addition, the Tennessee State defense ranked as one of the best in the country, only allowing 296 total yards per game. The unit also forced 32 turnovers and gave up just 18.1 points per contest.

Prior to arriving at TSU, Davidson worked as the defensive tackle coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2012 after an accomplished playing career.

Davidson played his first two years at the University of Alabama-Birmingham where he notched 33 tackles and saw action in all 24 games for the Blazers. He then transferred to UTC and was named Preseason 2nd Team All-SoCon as a senior.

Davidson currently resides in Nashville, Tenn. with his dog “Bear”.

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Blue Tops White in Spring Game, 48-28

Blue Tops White in Spring Game, 48-28

Posted on 11 April 2015 by Allen


The Blue Team defeated the White Team, 48-28, in Tennessee State’s annual Spring Game, Saturday. Over 2,500 Big Blue supporters were on hand to see the offense best the defense thanks in large part to quarterback Oshay Ackermann-Carter.

Despite throwing an interception on his first attempt of the day to Ty Law, Ackermann-Carter finished the game with 123 yards on 7-for-10 passing and a touchdown.

Senior tight end Joe Bowens was the beneficiary of Ackermann-Carter’s scoring toss, catching the bullet pass from 15 yards out. The touchdown was one of two receptions on the afternoon for Bowens who tallied 33 yards.

Fellow quarterback Ronald Butler was just 3-of-9 for 21 yards and he too was picked off by Law. Butler did make a couple of key plays with his legs however, including a 41-yard run that set up his touchdown from nine-yards out.

Butler’s performance on the ground was one of the many bright spots for the TSU’s run-game on the day, as Telvin Hooks had 69 yards and a score on seven carries while Marcus Deanes rushed 11 times for 43 yards.

Defensively, Vantavious Williams and Roc-M Nesbitt each had a tackle-for-loss and stopped many other run plays for minimal yardage.

Latrelle Lee was also tough to block from his defensive end position and registered a pair of sacks.

The Tigers will next suit up this fall in preparation of their first game on Sept. 6 against Alabama State in the John Merritt Classic.

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TSU Lady Tigers Honored at State Capitol with Resolution

TSU Lady Tigers Honored at State Capitol with Resolution

Posted on 08 April 2015 by Allen


On Wednesday, April 8, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team was honored at the State Capitol for winning the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship.

After roll call, opening prayer and the national anthem, the Lady Tigers were escorted into the House Chambers and celebrated with a standing ovation by the Tennessee House of Representatives. Once the team, coaches and administrators made it to the front of the room, Rep. Harold M. Love, Jr. presented the team with a Resolution for their accomplishments.

“When you talk about student athletes and the achievements that they make on and off court, I think it’s good for us to recognize them,” commented Love. “The Lady Tigers were not slated to win the OVC because of the other teams that maybe had better records or were presumed to be the champions but to have the determination to go into the tournament and not let the other teams intimidate them is a testament to how we should live our lives… Not being intimidated by the circumstances we’re faced with and to keep on striving and pushing to achieve our goals.”

After the Resolution was read and presented to the team. Head Coach Larry Inman addressed the House. “This is such a great honor. The ladies on this team are about more than just basketball. They are good students in the classroom and in life. They are all going to be very successful people serving the communities that they represent. And what representatives they were for Nashville and the state of Tennessee.”

As the Lady Tigers left the Capitol they were met by a number of Tennessee State supporters and alumni that congratulated them. Senator Thelma Harper and Representative Brenda Gilmore were on hand to show their appreciation and took photos with the team after the presentation.

“I’m very proud young ladies who have gone above and beyond the call of duty so to speak,” Inman added. “They’ve worked extremely hard and have been very successful. Their lives have touched so many and I’m so proud of them and what they’ve accomplished. I’m thankful to the Legislative body of Tennessee that recognized that.”

Tennessee State defeated UT Martin on March 7 in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship to claim the program’s first OVC crown in 20 years.

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TSU Legend Mason Passes Away

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TSU Legend Mason Passes Away

Posted on 28 February 2015 by Allen


Tennessee State men’s basketball legend Anthony Mason passed away due to heart complications, Saturday, at the age of 48.

Mason played for Tennessee State University from 1985-88 and left as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 2,076 points. The Miami, Fla. native also tallied 894 career rebounds, ranking him sixth in the school’s record book.

The forward was so dominant down-low during the 1987-88 season that he was fouled and put on the line a TSU record 247 times, making 191.

After becoming the school’s first All-Ohio Valley Conference Player in 1988, Mason was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the third round of the 1988 NBA Draft. He went on to play with the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat, averaging 10.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in his 13-year NBA career.

Mason really blossomed in New York, leading his team to the Finals in 1994 and winning the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award in 1995. He was named to the 1996-’97 All-NBA Third Team and to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. He led the league in minutes played in 1995-’96 (3,457), also setting a Knicks record with the number.

Mason’s oldest son, Anthony Jr., played for St. John’s while his other son, Antoine, plays at Auburn after transferring from Niagara.

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Jacksonville State edges out TSU 55-50

Jacksonville State edges out TSU 55-50

Posted on 22 February 2015 by Allen


The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team fell to Jacksonville State University 55-50 at Pete Matthews Coliseum on Saturday evening.

The Tigers (5-23, 2-11 OVC) saw the Gamecocks (12-17, 5-9 OVC) go on a last minute rally to win the game. It is the 10th win in the all-time series for JSU.

Demontez Loman put together a nice game, scoring 11 points (5-for-6), grabbing eight boards, and blocking three shots in 30 minutes of action.

DJ Felder and Jamal Hunter led the attack for JSU. Felder had a game-high 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting while Hunter scored 13 on 6-of-10 from the floor. Hunter added eight rebounds to his ledger as well as three blocks.

Both teams ramped up the offense, compared to their last matchup. When they played in Gentry, the score at halftime was 22-19. This time around, however, TSU led 23-20 with 6:29 still on the clock.

The advantage on the scoreboard changed hands only once through the first 15 minutes of the opening frame, but neither team built a lead larger than six. To that point, eight Tigers had touched the floor and all but two had registered at least one bucket.

JSU was able to take a one-point lead just before halftime on a layup by DJ Felder. The score was 28-27.

The close nature of the game continued inot the second half. JSU pushed their lead to five, early on, but the Tigers clawed back and tied it up at 37 heading into the second media break of the half. Charles Tucker made a nice pass into the paint to Loman who slammed it home for the equalizer, eight minutes into the half.

JSU retook the lead and the game became a back-and-forth skirmish with each basket by one team met quickly by a basket from the opposing squad.

With a little over four minutes left in the game, TSU employed a half-court trap defense that began to trip up JSU. Led by Loman up top, the defense stymied the Gamecocks and allowed the Tigers to grab the lead at the 3:50 mark at 48-47.

With 1:47 left to play, Malcolm Drumwright hit a pair of free throws to give JSU a one-point lead. For the few clicks remaining, the Gamecocks outscored the Tigers 6-2.

The result is the 16th loss on the road this year for TSU.

The Tigers will have a quick turnaround as they host Morehead State on Monday at 7:00 p.m. This is the makeup date that was set due to this past Thursday’s inclement weather.

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EKU thumps TSU, 69-41

EKU thumps TSU, 69-41

Posted on 15 February 2015 by Allen


The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team dropped a 69-41game to Eastern Kentucky University at the Gentry Center on Saturday night.

The Tigers (5-21, 2-9 OVC) never led in the game. The Colonels (15-9, 7-4 OVC) made the first basket of the game 1:49 in. TSU tied it up seconds later, the only time in the game that happened, but a trey by Ja’Mill Powell gave EKU a lead it would never give up.

The Colonels now hold a 30-25 series advantage.

Christian Mekowulu led all scorers with 16 points (5-for-6) while Jay Harris scored 10 (4-for-10).

After scoring over 20 for his last three games, Eric Stutz led EKU in scoring with 15 points (5-for-10).

The first half started out all EKU. They employed a trap defense that forced eight turnovers by TSU through the first eight minutes of the game. The Tigers trailed 18-5 heading into the second media timeout.

The Tigers came back over the next eight minutes, going on a 14-4 run to pull within three points. The Colonels ended the half on a run of their own, heading into the locker room with a 26-19 lead.

TSU cut back on the turnovers for the final 12 minutes of the half, but still ended the first 20 minutes having committed 12 turnovers.

90 seconds into the second half, the Colonels scored seven straight points putting the Tigers down 14 before they could blink an eye. TSU tried to stab at the lead, but unlike last Saturday in Richmond, EKU maintained a healthy advantage on the scoreboard, ranging from 10 to 14 points.

The Colonels kept the pedal to the floor, extending their lead to its largest at 19 with 8:08 to play. The Tigers’ offensive woes continued as they proceeded to shoot XX percent for the final 20 minutes of the game.

With only four games left on the slate, TSU will host Morehead State next Thursday night at the Gentry Center. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

With the win, EKU stays in first place in the OVC East Division. The Colonels are a half game ahead of Belmont with four games to play in the regular season.

The Colonels will be back in action Tuesday against Austin Peay in McBrayer Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Tennessee State’s Robert Myers Invited to NFL Combine

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Tennessee State’s Robert Myers Invited to NFL Combine

Posted on 09 February 2015 by Allen


Tennessee State offensive lineman Robert Myers was invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, which will take place in Indianapolis. Myers will compete on the first of the four-day event on Friday, Feb. 20.

The LaVergne, Tenn. native played in the 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl last month following a standout campaign at TSU.

Myers was the only offensive player to start all 12 contests and anchored a unit that did not allow a sack during the last four ballgames. The guard also helped protect a quarterback duo that threw for 3,268 yards and 23 touchdowns.

He led the OL-unit to a No. 18 ranking in FCS, giving up only 1.17 sacks per game, earning him a spot on the All-OVC Second Team for the second straight year.

Myers is the third former Tiger to be invited to the combine as Kadeem Edwards and AC Leonard represented TSU in 2014.

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Colonels top TSU for Third Straight Win

Colonels top TSU for Third Straight Win

Posted on 08 February 2015 by Allen


Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team survived a wild finish in McBrayer Arena Saturday, beating Tennessee State University 77-72.

With two minutes to go, Tennessee State (5-20, 2-8 OVC) junior guard Marcus Roper hit a three from the right wing to cut the EKU (14-9, 6-4 OVC) lead to three. On the ensuing inbound play, guard Jay Harris stole the ball and laid it in to bring the lead to just one.

An Eric Stutz backdoor cut and lay-up brought the Eastern lead back to three, but on the next possession Roper hit another three to tie the game at 72 with 39 seconds to go.

Two Corey Walden free throws made the lead two again in the Colonels’ favor. Roper missed a three-pointer at the other end with 24 seconds left that was defended by junior guard Tommy Matthews.

Matthews, a reserve guard, is averaging only 4.8 minutes per game.

“That’s the biggest thing, the fact that I trust him enough to put him in the game with 22 seconds left,” head coach Jeff Neubauer said.

EKU made three free throws after the miss to seal the win.

“The greatest skill you can have in life is knowing how to win,” Neubauer said. “And we did do enough here tonight to win.”

Senior guard Timmy Knipp finished with a career-high 23 points, shooting 6-of-8 from three-point land. Knipp scored 12 of the first 21 points for the Colonels, starting the game 4-of-4 from deep.

Eastern Kentucky also had huge contributions from fellow seniors Corey Walden and Eric Stutz. Walden finished with 22 points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals. Stutz contributed 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting and added four rebounds.

“I thought Corey Walden was really special tonight, he only ended up with five assists but had a dozen great passes.”

Roper was a star for the Tigers. The junior had 32 points and finished 7-of-13 from three-point land.

Both teams had success from the field and three-point range. EKU shot 50 percent from the floor and the Tigers finished at 49 percent. The Colonels made 10-of-25 from deep and Tennessee State had nine threes for the game.

The Colonels turned the ball over 13 times, but forced 16 Tiger turnovers.

EKU led 42-30 at the half, but was outscored 42-35 in the second half. Knipp, Walden and Stutz combined for 32 of the 42 points at the break.

The Colonels will play host to rival Morehead State on Wednesday for another nationally televised game. Tip-off at McBrayer Arena is scheduled for 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

EKU leads the all-time series 31-25. The Colonels are now 18-11 against the Tigers in Richmond. Eastern has won nine of the past 12 meetings overall and seven straight in McBrayer Arena.

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TSU signs 23 on National Signing Day

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TSU signs 23 on National Signing Day

Posted on 04 February 2015 by Allen


Tennessee State head coach Rod Reed announced the addition of 23 new Tigers on National Signing Day, Wednesday.
The class includes 18 incoming freshmen and nine players who call the Volunteer State home.
The 2015 group is tied for the largest in Reed’s tenure and features 12 offensive player, nine defenders and one specialist. The full list can be seen, below:

Jonte Broski – TE, 6’3”, 235lbs., Northmont HS, Clayton, Ohio

Played tight end and linebacker for Northmont HS in Ohio… Played in 10 games as a senior… Caught 30 passes for 308 yards… Averaged 10.3 yards per reception… Scored three touchdowns… Made 13 tackles as a senior… Caught a season-high six passes for 73 yards in a win at Fairfield… Selected to 2015 Ohio All-Star Game… Ranked number 8 in the JJ Huttle top one hundred football prospects… Saw action in nine contests as a junior… Made 14 receptions for 116 yards… Scored three touchdowns… Led team to an 8-4 record in 2013… Was a senior captain playing under Lance Schneider… Played in the Greater Western Ohio Conference… Had offers from Akron and Youngstown State… Is the son of Veronica Broski… Born July 17,1997…

Greg Harvey, Jr. – CB, 5’9”, 172lbs., Cordova HS, Cordova, Tenn.

Played cornerback at Cordova HS in Tennessee… Notched 52 stops as a senior (33 solo)… Had 2.0 tackles for loss… Intercepted three passes, returning them for 80 yards… Broke up seven passes… Returned six kickoffs for 130 yards… Had a long of 45 yards… Fielded six punts for 95 yards… Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds… Did the shuttle run in 4.26 seconds… Has a vertical leap of 32”… Received an offer from Jacksonville State… Played for Anthony Jones, Jr…. Son of Carolyn and Greg Harvey, Sr…

Shakur Jackson – CB, 5’9”, 165lbs., Roswell HS, Roswell, Ga.

Played wide receiver and cornerback at Roswell HS in Georgia… Led team to an 8-4 record overall and a 6-2 mark in region as a senior… Played in five games according to Maxpreps and caught15 passes for 109 yards… Scored a touchdown… Named First Team All North Fulton County 6A as a senior… Played in the 2014 Senior Chamber Bowl… Earned his team a playoff berth for the first time since 2010… Had offers from Air Force, Army, Austin Peay and Campbell… Son of Tabitha Hanes…

Andrew Knox – RB, 5’10”, 242lbs., Siegel HS, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Played fullback and middle linebacker at Siegel HS in Murfreesboro, Tennessee… Scored 12 touchdowns and 74 total points as a senior… Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds… Can bench press 325lbs…. Can squat 485lbs…. Has a twin brother, Andre who also played for Siegel HS… Played for the East Team in the eighth annual Toyota East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic… Ran for 106 yards against Blackman as a junior… Coached by Greg Wyant… Son of Andrea and Earl Knox…

Quintis Maddox – DE, 6’3”, 265lbs., Salem HS, Conyers, Ga.

Played reps at defensive end and middle linebacker for Salem HS in Conyers, Georgia… Led team to a 6-5 overall record and a 6-3 mark in the region as a senior… Had offers from Middle Tennessee State, Austin Peay, Western Kentucky and South Carolina State… Was also a member of the track and field team… Played for John Starr… Son of LaDonna Maddox…

Trevion Duncan – S, 5’10”, 180lbs., Lamar HS, Houston, Texas

Played in the defensive secondary at Lamar HS in Houston, Texas… Recorded four interceptions as a senior… Returned three picks for touchdowns… Recovered a fumble… Ran back the recovery 25 yards for a score… Averaged 31 yards per interception return… Notched 40 stops as a junior… Broke up four passes in 2013… Picked off three passes as a junior… Scored one touchdown in 2013… Led team to a 10-3 overall record and a 7-0 mark district play… Made it to the second round of the 6A State Playoffs in 2014… Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds… Can bench press 300lbs… Had offers from Lamar, Incarnate Word and Texas State… Coached by Tom Nolan…

Mahlon Medley – TE, 6’3”, 220lbs., Mallard Creek HS, Charlotte, NC

Lined up at tight end for Mallard Creek HS in Charlotte, North Carolina… Led team to a 15-1 record overall and a 7-0 mark in conference… Won the 4AA State Championship as the four seed… Defeated No. 1 seed Wake Forest, 25-14 in the championship game… Caught 49 passes for 538 yards and two touchdowns as a junior… Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.71 seconds… Named 2015 TE MVP by nucsports.com… Rated a three-star prospect by rivals.com… Had offers from Ball State, Hampton and Gardner-Webb… Was also a member of the track and field team… Coached by Michael Palmieri… Son of Devon Medley…

Gabe Scott – CB/WR, 5’11”, 165lbs., Trezevant HS, Memphis, Tenn.

Played in the secondary and at wideout for Trezevant HS in Memphis… Accumulated over 800 yards receiving during last two seasons… Caught 22 touchdowns and scored 27 total… Had 2,000 all-purpose yards… Picked off 12 passes… Broke up 25 passes… Forced four fumbles and recovered five… Returned one fumble for a touchdown… Notched 70 tackles… Had one sack… Ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns… Returned three punts for scores… Named team MVP as a junior and senior… Selected All-State as a receiver as a junior… Named All-State as a cornerback in 2014… Selected to the All-Metro and Rated a two-star prospect by 247sports.com… Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds… Has a 33.1 inch vertical leap… Had offers from Central Arkansas, McNeese State, Howard and Texas Southern… Coached by Teli White… Son of Claudine and Robert Scott… Born June 8. 1997… Plans to major in Biology…

Lachavious Simmons – DE/T, 6’4”, 270lbs., Selma HS, Selma, Ala.

Played on both sides of the line at Selma HS in Alabama… Also had offers from Jacksonville State, Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Samford and Savannah State… Led team to a 6-4 record as a senior… Coached by John Terrel… Son of Quincella Simmons… Born Sept. 26, 1996…

Akeem Granger – RB, 6’0”, 210lbs., Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Played running back at Flanagan HS in Pembroke Pines in Florida… Rushed for three touchdowns in a game against West Broward… Had 80 yards on only 6 carries versus Fort Lauderdale… Recorded 392 yards on only 61 carries and five touchdowns in 2013… Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds… Can squat 500lbs… Has a 30” vertical… Led team to a 12-1 record overall and a 7-0 district record as a senior… Lost to eventual State Champ Columbus in the semi-final at the 8A State Playoffs…Named to the 2015 Dolphins All-Star Game for Team Broward… Coached by Devin Bush…

Tyler Black – CB, 5’9”, 170lbs., Oakland HS, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Played running back, quarterback, wide receiver, safety and cornerback for nearby Oakland HS… Carried the ball 109 times for 736 yards as a senior… Averaged 6.8 yards per rush… Had three games with over 100 yards rushing… Notched 50 (30 solo) tackles in 2014… Had 3.0 tackles for loss… Intercepted six passes in his career, including three as a senior… Broke up a total of nine passes… Recovered a fumble and blocked a field goal in 2014… Caused a fumble as a junior… Scored three touchdowns as a sophomore… Led team to a 14-2 record and a berth into the Final Four of the 6A State Playoffs… Lost to state champions Maryville in the semi-finals… Coached by Thomas McDaniel… Teammate of Jack Jones (Tennessee), Kyle Oliver (Tennessee) and Josh Smith (Vanderbilt)…Rated a three-star prospect by 24/7 Sports and Rivals… Had offers from Eastern Michigan and Austin Peay… Member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Men of Distinction and Young Life… Had a 3.5 GPA and was on the Honor Roll… Son of Bridgette Black-Kertchaval and Kenneth Adams… Born Nov. 15, 1996… Plans to major in Business with a minor in Accounting…

Blair Edwards – LB, 6’1”, 192lbs., Gadsden City HS, Gadsden, Ala.

Played middle and outside linebacker as well as safety at Gadsden City HS in Alabama… Notched 133 stops… Recovered a pair of fumbles… Scored a touchdown of defense… Had eight tackles for loss… Was honored by the Alabama High School Association for his 16 tackle and two sack performance in the Titans’ 34-28 double overtime win over Auburn… Named Second Team All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a senior… Led team to a 10-3 overall record and 6-1 region record as a senior… Named Fox 6 2014 7A Defensive Player of the Year… Selected to the Pigskin Roundup All-star Team… Had offers from Jacksonville State and Alabama State… Coached by Matt Scott… Son of Freda and Rodney Edwards… Born Jan. 30, 1997…

Jacob Gray – T, 6’2”, 262lbs., Bolivar Central HS, Bolivar, Tenn.

Played tackle at Bolivar Central HS in Tennessee… Chosen as one of Brandon’s Beasts of the Week for Week 7 by The Jackson Sun… Won the 2014 Steve Young Award… Named 14-AA Offensive Lineman of the Year by Shelby Metro Sports… Had offers from Kennesaw State and Alcorn State… Played for Woodrow Lowe, Jr…. Nicknamed “Cowboy”… Son of Sharon Anderson…

Camren Jones – T, 6’4”, 295lbs., Ridgeway HS, Memphis, Tenn.

Played on the offensive line, specifically at tackle for Ridgeway HS in Memphis… Led team to a 12-2 overall record and a 6-0 mark in the district as a senior… Helped his team reach the semi-finals of the Division I Class 5A State Championship… Fell to eventual State Champ Hillsborough in the Final Four… Named First-Team 15-AAA All-District… Can bench press 395lbs…. Can squat 500 lbs…. Had offers from Southeast Missouri, Eastern Kentucky and Alcorn State… Played for Duron Sutton… Son of Vaniessa and Charlie Jones…

Deon Ragston – OL, 6’3”, 290lbs., Caney Creek HS, Conroe, Texas
Played mainly at guard for Caney Creek HS in Conroe, Texas… Named Offensive Lineman of the Week 5 times as a varsity OG starter in his sophomore year… Was a 7 time O-lineman of the Week in his junior season… Made the All-District team as a senior… Recorded 54 pancakes and 68 chop blocks as a junior… Credited with 29 pancakes and 45 chops… Carried a solid 3.5 GPA… Ranked 83rd out of 400 students in his class… Was on the A/B honor roll… Can bench press 300 lbs… Can squat 430 lbs… Had offers from Lamar, Grambling, Texas Southern and Sam Houston State… Played for Coach Vee… Son of Linda a Darrell Ragston Sr….

Robert Crawford – DL, 6’2”, 245lbs., Father Ryan HS, Nashville, Tenn.

Played outside linebacker and defensive end for Father Ryan HS in Nashville… Amassed 84 stops (52 solo) during his junior campaign… Had 6.0 tackles for loss… Sacked the quarterback 5.5 times in 2013… Recovered a fumble and forced four as a junior… Named Second Team All-Midstate by the Tennessean… Selected to the Division-AA All-Rutherford County Team… Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.88 seconds… Bench presses 365lbs… Can squat 460lbs… Had an offer from Tennessee Tech… Played for coach Bruce Lussier…

Roshea Grays – RB, 5’10”, 183lbs., Lavergne HS, Lavergne, Tenn.

Played running back at nearby Lavergne HS in Tennessee… Carried the ball 191 times as senior… Rushed for 1,491 yards… Averaged 7.8 yards per carry… Gained an average of 165.7 yards per game… Scored 17 touchdowns… Did not fumble once… Had offers from UT Martin, Tennessee Tech and Austin Peay… Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds… Rated a two-star prospect by 247sports.com… Coached by Stanton Stevens… Also ran track…

AJ Flowers – S, 6’1”, 200lbs., College of the Siskiyous, Miami, Fla.

Played in the secondary at College of Siskiyous in California… Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds… Can squat 400lbs… Picked off three passes as a JUCO… Forced and recovered one fumble… Notched 38 stops… Had three tackles for loss… Broke up three passes… Attended La Salle HS in Florida… Named Second Team All-Dade County… Participated in an All-Star Game showcasing Public and Private School Athletes… Played under Coach Roche… Son of Andrea Riley and Amp Flowers…Born Feb. 21, 1993…Plans on majoring in communications…

Geordie Bunn – P, 6’6”, 207lbs., Butte College, Queensland, Australia

Suited up as punter for Butte College in California… Friends with former TSU Australian punter Leon Holderhead… Was named all-conference in 2014… Led team to Junior College State and Co – National Champions in 2013… Selected MVP vs American River… Chosen as Butte College’s Special Teams Player of the Year in 2014… Played under Coach Jordan… Enters TSU as a sophomore… Son of Paul and Donna Bunn… Born July 11, 1992… Intends on majoring in Business… Relatives include Sam Thaiday – Australian Rugby League Player (Brother), Damariay Drew – Cal Berkeley Safety (Brother In-Law)…

Mid-Year Enrollees

Michael Hughes – QB, 6’2”, 215lbs., Hillsboro HS, Nashville, Tenn.

Played under center at Hillsboro HS in Nashville… Threw for over 1,300 yards and 14 scores in 2014… Led team to a 14-1 overall record, 7-0 in the district as a senior… Made it to the State Championship Game of Class 5A… Completed 104 passes for 1,694 yards as a junior… Threw 16 touchdowns in 2013… Completed 51 percent of his passes as a junior… Ran for a pair of touchdowns as a junior and two as a sophomore… Completed 63 percent of his passes… Named All-District and All-City in 2014… Selected All-State as well in 2015… Coached by Louis C. Clayton… Born May 8, 1996

Rodney Morris – TE, 6’3”, 220lbs., UAB, Alpharetta, Ga.

Spent last season redshirting at the University of Alabama-Birmingham… Played senior season at Alpharetta High School after attending 9th-11th years at Wesleyan High … Saw action at wide receiver, tight end, linebacker and defensive back … Caught 30 passes for 500-plus yards as a senior … Rated a two-star prospect by 247sports.com… Had offers from Alabama State, Appalachian State, Buffalo and Charlotte… Also played basketball at Alpharetta… Enrolled at TSU in Spring Semester of 2015…

David Kamara – CB, 5’10”, 199lbs., Ole Miss, Loganville, Ga.

Spent the last two seasons at Ole Miss… Played in 10 games in 2014… 2013: Played in four games on special teams … Posted a solo tackle in college debut… HIGH SCHOOL: Selected as a Semper Fidelis All-American … Rated the No. 70 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 85 by ESPN.com … A 3-star recruit according to Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com … Named to the Gwinnett Daily Post All-County third team as a senior after helping Grayson win the Region 8-6A championship … Helped Grayson win the Class 5A state title and compile a 15-0 record en route to a No. 4 ranking by USA Today his junior season when he posted 59 tackles and four interceptions … Coached in high school by Mickey Conn…PERSONAL: Son of Sorie and Alice Kamara … Born: Oct. 3, 1994 …

Duaron Williams – T, 6’3”, 289lbs., Iowa State, Orlando, Fla.

Spent the last three seasons at Iowa State, including redshirting in 2012… Was a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com … Ranked No. 29 among projected offensive guards in the class of 2012 by Rivals.com … No. 10 among prospects ranked in the Orlando Sentinel Central Florida Class of 2012 “Super 60”… 2010 second-team All-Orange County selection by Orlando Sentinel … Helped the Tigers earn a 10-2 record in his junior season … Played at left tackle for Jones in the 2010 season … Named top offensive lineman at the National Underclassmen Combine … coached in high school by Kenard Lang, who played 10 seasons in the NFL for Cleveland, Denver and Washington… Born Sept. 17, 1993 … Son of Angela Williams …

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TSU tops Jacksonville State University 45-43

TSU tops Jacksonville State University 45-43

Posted on 02 February 2015 by Allen


After trailing by 15 with 13 minutes left in the game the Tennessee State University men’s basketball team defeated Jacksonville State University 45-43 at Gentry Center on Saturday night.

The Tigers (5-18, 2-6 OVC) held the Gamecocks (9-15, 2-8 OVC) to four points over the final 12-plus minutes of the game to secure their first come-from-behind victory of the season.

This, along with the victory over Tennessee Tech, makes for the first back-to-back wins of the season.

TSU was led by Darreon Reddick and his 14 points (5-for-11). Demontez Loman (11) and Charles Tucker (11) gave the Tigers three double-digit scorers. Loman added eight rebounds on the night.

Darion Rackley led all scorers with 16 points (5-for-12) in a losing effort for JSU.

The first half saw a low-scoring affair. The Gamecocks went into the locker room with a 22-19 lead. The 19 points was tied for the second lowest first half point total of the season for the Tigers. They also scored 19 at TCU (Dec. 29).

TSU was held to 8-for-26 from the field (30.8 percent), 2-of-7 from behind the arc (28.6 percent) and made just 1-of-7 free throws (14.3 percent).

The Tigers offensive woes continued as they didn’t make their first bucket of the second half until a Demontez Loman jumper 9:59 into it. Despite over 13 minutes without a bucket, TSU was still within eight points after the made shot. A three-point play, the old fashioned way, by Xavier Richards brought the score to 36-31, Gamecocks ahead, with 8:16 remaining.

After Charles Tucker made it a four-point gap with a trey in the corner by the TSU bench, JSU called timeout with 7:38 to play.

With 4:45 left, Reddick drained a three-pointer to put TSU ahead 39-38. After making a crucial rebound and calling timeout to ensure possession, Jay Harris was met on the floor by head coach Dana Ford who fervently praised the senior leader’s effort.

TSU was able to close out its most dramatic win of the season.

Jacksonville State’s 43 points is the lowest total that the Tigers have held an opponent to since Tennessee Tech’s 42 in 1997-98.

The Tigers will take to the road next week as they travel to Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky. Game time with Eagles is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.

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Tigers top Tenn Tech 64-56

Tigers top Tenn Tech 64-56

Posted on 30 January 2015 by Allen


The Tennessee State University men’s basketball team got its first Ohio Valley Conference win of the season as they took down Tennessee Tech University 64-56 at Gentry Center, Thursday night.

The Tigers (4-18, 1-6 OVC) outlasted the Golden Eagles (10-12, 2-7 OVC) for the night. After building as much as a 13-point lead, TSU never let TTU get closer than eight points.

With the TSU win, the all-time series now stands at 29-28 with Tech still ahead.

Jay Harris was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points on 6-for-14 shooting. He also had five rebounds and three assists on the game. Charles Tucker gave the Tigers a pair of double-digit scorers, with 11 (3-for-6) while adding in three boards and two dimes.

Torrance Rowe paced the Golden Eagles with 16 points on 5-for-14 shooting.

Christian Mekowulu sparked the Tigers’ offense out of the gate, scoring the first six points of the game. Both teams proceeded to trade the lead multiple times for the next 17 minutes.

The Tigers made their move after the final media timeout of the first half as they began to pull away from the Golden Eagles. Each team had led by only one possession, when they had the lead, until TSU pushed their advantage to as high as 11.

The Tigers took a 32-22 lead into the locker room.

The Tigers were impressive in the first half, shooting 43 percent (13-for-30) while also forcing nine Golden Eagle turnovers. TSU held their opponents to 36 percent (9-for-25) from the floor and 15 percent (2-for-13) from beyond the arc. Jay Harris put up a cool 11 points during the first 20 minutes.

TSU continued to hold TTU at arm’s length through the first 12 minutes of the second half. At the 8:30 mark, the Tigers led the Golden Eagles 53-40 thanks to 60 percent shooting (9-of-15), up to that point.

Big Blue, after losing leads in multiple games this season, closed out this game with authority. The defense held Tech to 39 percent shooting for the game while forcing 17 turnovers.

All but one player who touched the floor for TSU scored four, or more, points.

The Tigers will look to turn this win into momentum for the coming games. They wrap-up this three-game home stand with a game this Saturday night against Jacksonville State. Tip-time is at 7:30 p.m.

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TSU to Honor 1995 OVC Championship Team

TSU to Honor 1995 OVC Championship Team

Posted on 28 January 2015 by Allen


On Saturday, Jan.31, Tennessee State athletics will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the 1995 Ohio Valley Championship Team.

Former Lady Tiger players, coaches and managers will return to the Gentry Center to be recognized for their accomplishments following the conclusion of the TSU vs. Jacksonville State women’s basketball game.

The 1994-95 Lady Tiger basketball team posted an overall record of 22-7 with an OVC mark of 12-4 on the way to the program’s second consecutive title. In addition to the OVC Tournament Championship, the Lady Tigers were the OVC regular season champs and earned an NCAA Tournament Berth.

In addition to the team accomplishments, the Lady Tigers also boasted many individual accolades.

The squad was led by All-OVC First team selection and TSU’s all-time leading scorer Connie Swift. Swift is a two-time OVC Tournament MVP and a member of the TSU Hall of Fame.

Standout Carolyn Aldridge, TSU’s second all-time scoring leader, also garnered OVC First-Team honors for the Lady Tigers in 1995.

Kim Graves (1992-96) held the record for most career assists fourteen consecutive years until her mark of 502 was passed by LaDona Pierce (505) in 2010. She is now second on the list while ranking sixth in career steals.

Tip-off for the TSU vs. Jacksonville State women’s basketball game is slated for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.

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