NASHVILLE --- Chris Rowland and Lachavious Simmons have been honored as BOXTOROW HBCU All-Americans. Rowland was selected to the first team as a wide receiver, while Simmons earned a spot on the honorable mention as an offensive lineman.
Rowland topped the HBCU FCS Single Season Reception mark with 104 catches, breaking the 103 set by Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State) in 1984. The total set a new Tennessee State single season record, shattering the previous amount of 72 by Tyrone Butterfield (1998) and Juan Hall (1996). Rowland also became just the second player in Ohio Valley Conference play to catch 100 passes in a season.
The senior closed out the year leading the FCS in receiving yards and receiving yards per game. Rowland accumulated 1,437 yards through the year, as he became the new single season record holder at TSU surpassing Golden Tate’s 1983 mark of 1,307.
Simmons started all 12 games this season and anchored an offensive line which averaged 400.1 yards per game. The unit finished third in the OVC in total offense and second in passing with 260.7 yards per game. The senior lineman started games at both left guard and left tackle.
A Simmons led line allowed the second least amount of sacks in the conference at 1.75 per game. The protection helped quarterback Cameron Rosendahl set a TSU record with 241 completions. Rosendahl also posted the second most passing yards in a season at TSU with 3,023 yards and the second best completion percentage at 61.2.
Simmons helped provide Rosendahl time in the pocket, as the signal caller was limited with mobility throughout the season. Rosendahl injured his leg on the first series during the second game of the year, which forced him to miss the start of the third game of the season and play a majority of the 2019 campaign with a knee brace.