Football seniors introduced at annual luncheon
Saturday, August 21, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University Department of Athletics, along with Big Blue supporters, alumni, sponsors and local media saluted the Tigers' football seniors at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel early this afternoon.

The annual luncheon, hosted by 104.5 The Zone's George Plaster, featured an introduction of the Tiger Football seniors in front of a crowd of more than 300 people.

The day included remarks from TSU President Dr. Melvin N. Johnson, Athletic Director Teresa Phillips and Head Coach Rod Reed, with performances by the Aristocrat of Bands and Tiger Cheerleaders.

"It's a great time to recognize our seniors before the start of the school year and season. I would like to thank our supporters and sponsors for attending. They are one of the reasons why we work so hard to prepare," said head coach Reed. "We applaud our seniors for their efforts on and off the field. It's not hard to mention the struggles that I have watched some of them overcome in order to finish out their careers with the Big Blue."

The seniors who attended the luncheon include: Brandon Bather, Preston Brown, Marcus Broxie, Taylor Cisneros, Eugene Clifford, Malcolm Crawford, Jamal Coleman, Alex Davis, Dominic Grooms, Marquez Hall, Frederick Henderson, Joseph Hills, Johnnie Poole, Charles Sparkman, Sidney Tarver, and Terrence Wright.

On Saturday, August 21st, TSU Football will hold a full scrimmage to mark "Fan Appreciation Day".

The event will mark the halfway point of football camp while Coach Reed will put the Tigers through a full scrimmage slated for 6:15 p.m. on the turf of Hale Stadium.

Beginning at 5:00 p.m., Coach Reed will highlight Saturday's scrimmage for a public "Meet the Tigers" for fan appreciation event. The team will be available for the public to meet them up close and personal. Fans can take photographs and receive signed schedule posters. TSU paraphernalia will also be available for purchase.

"This will be the only full scrimmage we will have in this year's camp," says Reed. "They have been working real hard these last two weeks, and we want to see where we stack up in our positions." The scrimmage will also include OVC officials who are also in training for the upcoming season."

The Tigers will open the 2010 campaign when they host Alabama A&M in the John Merritt Classic on September 4th at LP Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.