NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On Wednesday, Tennessee State head coach Rod Reed announced that tight end Archie Dennard from Itawamba Community College will transfer and join the Tigers next season. The addition coincides with the conclusion of National JUCO Signing Day.
In one season for the Indians, Dennard appeared in nine games and made two catches for 23 yards in his very first collegiate contest. Dennard averaged 11.5 yards per reception and helped lead Itawamba to a 6-4 record in 2013.
Prior to attending community college, Dennard starred at Simmons High School playing both defensive end and tight end. In three years, he totaled 134 stops (122 solo), 13 quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles.
Offensively, Dennard caught 13 passes in two seasons for 178 yards and one touchdown. He averaged 13.7 yards per grab and even recorded a 45-yarder.
Dennard’s athletic ability earned him Best Defensive Lineman honors in 2011 and 2012 while being named MVP and First-Team ALl-State in baseball team in 2012.
Dennard will be called upon to replace senior Wesley Samuels who caught 24 passes for 235 yards and six touchdowns last year.
Itawamba has a strong pedigree of producing tight ends as former Indian Wes Saxton had 50 receptions for 635 yards this past season playing for South Alabama of the FBS.