PHILADELPHIA, Penn - Tennessee State tight end Joe Bowens has been selected to the College Sports Journal Freshman All-American Team.
Bowens is one of only two tight ends on the team and one of only three players from the OVC to make the 63-man
squad that represents the only all-freshman team in the FCS. The 63
players are representative of the 63 scholarships allowed to teams
that compete in FCS.
The freshman from Greenville, S.C., had 28 catches, 348 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was also selected to the OVC All-Newcomer Team in November.
All-Freshman team was selected by a blue ribbon panel of FCS experts
put together by College Sports Journal executive editor David Coulson
and CSJ publisher and managing
editor Chuck Burton. Coulson
has 36 years of experience covering college football, including 21
seasons of following FCS and has served as the executive editor and
managing partner of College
Sporting News and the executive director for The Sports Network,
running its national awards program from 2007-2009. He
has had a hand in selecting honors teams at the FCS level since 2002
and is in the process of writing and compiling the first FCS
During the 2012 season
TSU went 8-3, the most wins in an 11 game schedule since 2001. The
Tigers placed fifth in the OVC with a 4-3 record and were ranked as high
as 17th in The Sports Network FCS Poll.