TSU Continues Road Swing with Trip to EKU
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
TSU Continues Road Swing with Trip to EKU

The Tennessee State University football team continues its three-game road trip, while looking to extend a two-game win streak on Saturday, Oct. 22 as the Tigers visit Eastern Kentucky.  Kickoff against the Colonels is scheduled for 2 p.m. (CT) at Roy Kidd Stadium in Richmond, Ky.

TSU (3-4, 2-2 OVC) is coming off a 42-40 victory at No. 19 Tennessee Tech, while Eastern Kentucky (3-3, 2-1 OVC) is also riding a two-game win streak. The Colonels have won back-to-back games over Eastern Illinois (48-16) and Southeast Missouri (41-17).

EKU and Tigers are meeting for the 24th time on Saturday, with Eastern Kentucky holding a 19-to-4 advantage. However, TSU has won the last two contests including a 20-17 victory in Richmond on Oct. 10, 2009.

The Tigers offense has picked up as of late, tallying at least 34 points or more in the last three games. TSU ranks 17th nationally in offense, averaging 426 yards per game.

Quarterback Michael German was added to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List on Tuesday for his outstanding performance. The award given by The Sports Network honors the Football Championship Subdivision's most outstanding freshman.

German, the OVC Newcomer of the Week for the third consecutive week, has completed 76 passes for 1,115 yards and eight touchdowns in six games this season. He has not thrown an interception in 131 pass attempts, which ranks second in the FCS behind Cal Poly's Andre Broadous (148).

The duel threat of running backs Dante' Thomas and Trabis Ward have created a rushing offense that ranks 22nd nationally with 194 yards per game. In seven games, Ward leads the team with 583 yards and seven touchdowns. Thomas, a senior from Dallas, has 96 carries for 526 yards and five touchdowns.

Thomas needs just five yards to move into TSU's all-time Top-5 list for rushing. He has amassed 1,636 yards during his four-year career and is just five away from passing Lee Derricks' (1953-55) total of 1,641 yards.   

The Tigers continue to pose a triple threat at the wideout position. Devin Wilson, Calvin McNairl and Travis James have combined for 75 receptions totaling 1,180 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Defensively, Tennessee State has made a stronger impact with linebacker Rico Council leading the way. The senior has a team-best 55 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. Sophomore lineman Antonio Harper was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week after recording a career-best nine tackles, four tackles-for-loss, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

EKU quarterback T.J. Pryor has completed 67 passes for 773 yards and seven touchdowns. Colonels' tailback Matt Denham has carried the pigskin 66 times for 452 yards and four touchdowns. Ichrio Vance leads the Colonels with 47 tackles and eight tackles-for-loss.

The Aristocrat of Bands will make a special halftime performance on Saturday. Kickoff at EKU is slated for 2 p.m. (CT) at Roy Kidd Stadium in Richmond, Ky.