Running Game Shines at Spring Game – Legends Show Their Spirit
Head Coach Rod Reed presided over the conclusion his first Spring drills with TSU running backs Preston Brown, Trabis Ward, Donte Thomas and Ryan Berry giving a glimpse of the Tigers’ future fortunes as a sun-drenched crowd over 3,000 enjoyed the TSU Spring Blue and White game and the Inaugural TSU Legends game at Hale Stadium, on Saturday, April 17th. The festive audience was treated to music by the TSU Aristocrat of Bands and the presentation of the new Tennessee State SGA officers and Miss TSU.
The Blue team (1st team offense and defense) topped the White team (2nd team offense and defense) 27-0.
Brown and Ward took turns running behind both the Blue and the White to rack up impressive totals on the day. Brown, an upcoming senior, rushed 21 times for 131 yards and 2 TDs (128 in Blue) and Ward, an upcoming sophomore, rushed 10 times for 65 yards. Junior Donte Thomas rushed for 58 yards in two carries, ripping off a 54 yard run in the game with sophomore Ryan Berry showed flashes of promise as he ripped off a 33 yard run in the game. The Blue passing game saw quarterback Dominque Grooms toss TD passes of 16 and 11 yards to wide receivers Jonathan Moore and Jeremy Pryor respectively. Grooms completed 8-of-13 passes for 104 yards.
Prior to the Blue and White Game, over twenty-five players from past TSU teams (1970’s-2000’s) returned to play in a spirited “Legends” flag football game in the “Hole” on the Hale Stadium turf. Fans saw the Blue team take a 23-6 win.
Legends’ QBs Brian Ransom (1979-82) and Derek Quarles (1995-96) guided the Blue team with Sam Coleman (1975-76) and Ken Biggles (1981-84) guiding the White team. Wide Receiver Avion Black (1997-99) scored two TDs for the Blue team and defensive back Gary Davis (1979-82) scored a Blue TD on an interception return. The lone score for the White team was a TD catch-and-run by Dwight Wheeler (1974-76).
At halftime of the Spring game, TSU recognized Super Bowl MVP and Pro-Bowler Richard Dent (1979-82) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (2004-06) who were in attendance, but did not play in the Legends game.