NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State enters the upcoming season needing to replace a pair of graduated running backs. Telvin Hooks and Tom Smith depart after handling the majority of the carries over the past two seasons.
The Tigers will turn to a group of young runners to carry the load, led by Erick Evans. The redshirt-junior led the TSU over the final four games of 2015, carrying the ball 65 times, gaining 372 yards and averaging 5.7 yards per carry, 93 yards per game while crossing the goal line for five of his team leading six rushing touchdowns. Evans also proved to be another option out of the backfield over the final two games, catching 11 balls for 84 yards.
Marcus Deanes is vying for more touches after carrying the ball 10 times a year ago. Redshirt-freshman Tyler Black will also be added to the game plan, along with fullbacks Terence Harris, EJ Junior and Andrew Knox. Newcomers Earl Harrison and Sabree Curtis, Jr. will provide additional options as explosive threats.
|Running Backs||Ht.||Wt.||Yr.||Games Played||Attempts||Yards||TDs|
|E.J. Junior IV||6-0||240||R-Sr.||8||3||6||0|
|Terrence Harris II||6-1||242||R-Jr.||11||0||0||0|
|Sabree Curtis, Jr.||5-10||175||Fr.|
Freshman Running Back, Tyric Reid
- On Transition to Offense
“I feel like it is going great, transitioning from defense to offense is all physical and all football. I’m still learning the footwork and the skill parts of the position. It’s all football, it’s all physical.”
- On Playing Opportunities
“I try to do every job the best I can. If I can help on special teams the most, then that’s what I’ll do.”
Freshman Running Back, Sabree Curtis, Jr.
- On Making the Jump to College
“The transition is difficult. You have to pick up the tempo, the formations and the different plays; it is just a huge difference from high school to college. Coach is always on us to help us with our technique, really any type of way they can help us get better.”
- On the Running Back Unit
“We’re pretty good, but we are not where we want to be. We can get better. We have a lot of talent we are going to come together and make big plays for the team this year. What’s most important is when you have the opportunity; you need to keep making plays.”