NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State football team continues to garner recognition as three members were named to the 2017 BOXTOROW Preseason All-America Team. Wide receiver Patrick Smith, defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko and kicker Lane Clark were all honored as selections on Friday.
Smith has been named as the Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year by the OVC and Lindy’s. Ogundeko has also been named to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch, while Clark earns his third All-American team selection.
The Tigers open the season on Thursday, Aug. 31 in Atlanta, Ga. versus Georgia State. The game marks the first meeting between the two programs.
2017 BOXTOROW Preseason All-America Team
QB: DeVante Kincade, Grambling, Sr., Dallas, Texas
RB: Trenton Cannon, Virginia State, Sr., Hampton, Va.*
RB: Anthony Philyaw, Howard, Sr., Los Angeles, Calif.
RB: Martez Carter, Grambling, Sr., Monroe, La.*
OL: Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T, r-Sr., Kannapolis, N.C.
OL: Sam Baptiste, Alabama State, Sr., Waycross, Ga.
OL: Leeward Brown, Tuskegee, Sr., Miami, Fla.*
OL: Justin Evans, South Carolina State, Sr., Florence, S.C.*
OL: Darriel Mack, North Carolina A&T, Sr., Clio, S.C.
OL: Trenton Scott, Grambling, r-Sr., Huntsville, Ala.
TE: Dillon Beard, Southern, r-Sr., Baton Rouge, La.
WR: Elijah Bell, North Carolina A&T, Soph., Wheeling, West Va.
WR: Patrick Smith, Tennessee State, r-Sr., Memphis, Tenn.
DL: Keontre Anderson, Jackson State, Jr., Canton, Miss.
DL: Antonio Brown, North Carolina Central, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
DL: Ebenezer Ogundeko, Tennessee State, r-Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.
DL: Aaron Tiller, Southern, Sr., Columbus, Ohio
LB: Darius Leonard, South Carolina State, r-Sr., Lake View, S.C.
LB: Jeremy Taylor, North Carolina A&T, r-Sr., Kinston, N.C.
LB: Osband Thompson, Tuskegee, Sr., Miami, Fla.
DB: Danny Johnson, Southern, Sr., East Feliciana, La.
DB: Carlo Thomas, Johnson C. Smith, Jr., East Orange, N.J.
DB: Jonah McCutcheon, Tuskegee, Sr., Mobile, Ala.
DB: Aldon McClellon, North Carolina Central, Jr., Lake Butler, Fla.
P: Nathaniel Tilque, North Carolina Central, Sr., Charlotte, N.C.
PK: Lane Clark, Tennessee State, Jr., Hays, Kan.
RS: Martez Carter, Grambling, Sr., Monroe, La.