NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State football camp completed its first two-a-day on day six of Camp 2016. The Tigers took advantage of the evening session focusing predominantly on special teams.
In the morning, the Big Blue continued to strengthen their fundamentals before heading into head-to-head drills. The offense continues to make noise as the days progress, connecting big plays including an 80-yard pass play from O’Shay Ackerman-Carter to freshman wide out Steven Newbold.
The Tigers added depth to the receiving corps in the offseason to go along with their nine returners, including redshirt-junior Patrick Smith. The Memphis, Tenn. product, an All-OVC Preseason selection, led all TSU receivers with 10 touchdowns as he completed his inaugural season with 996 yards on 54 receptions.
The Tigers are hoping for breakout seasons from seniors Chris Sanders-McCollum and Dantwaun O’Neal along with redshirt-junior Quindell Cousin. The Big Blue will count on newcomers, Ronnie Killings, Chris Rowland and Steven Newbold, to make an impact in the passing game.
At tight end, returners Rodney Morris, Mahlon Medley and Larry Haralson will have the task of replacing Joshawn Bowens and Archie Denard. Bowens was the quarterbacks’ second favorite target and capped off a strong career with 28 catches, 253 yards and three touchdowns.
Freshman Aaron Cauthen will look to make an impact at tight end, while a familiar face could see time with the receivers. Senior quarterback Ronald Butler will add speed and athleticism to any already skilled group.
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Redshirt-Junior Tight End, Rodney Morris
- On the Improvement of the Offense
“I think the group of tight ends we have are really athletic. We can do a lot of different things. Last year we did not run the ball well we are really looking to help improve on that this year.”
Redshirt-Sophomore Tight End, Larry Haralson
- On the Tight End Unit
“I think we have potential to be deep threats at tight end we are really deep and have some people who can make plays at the tight end position.”
Freshman Wide Receiver, Steven Newbold
- On the Receivers Status
“Nobody has a spot locked in at the wide receiver position. We have to go out every day and compete versus each other. I just want to help this team win a championship.”
Freshman Wide Receiver, Chris Rowland
- On Learning His Role
“It is tough having to learn two different positions at the same time as I am going through my first camp. Things are getting better and my coaches are helping me when I mess up.”