NASHVILLE --- The Sports Network has named two Tennessee State University football players as first-team preseason All-Americans. Charles Anthony has been selected to repeat as an All-American and is joined on the team by senior defensive end Paul Thomas.
The TSU players represent two of the three players chosen as first team All-Americans. Receiver Efrem Hill from Samford is the other first team selection and five players were second team members.
Anthony, from Orlando, Fla., rushed for more than 100 yards in all but one game last season for TSU. He led the OVC in rushing (1,708) and all-purpose yardage (172.5 ypg), and scored 13 touchdowns.
The senior running back added 29 pass receptions for 362 yards and a pair of TD's. He was also chosen first team on the American Football Coaches Association's I-AA All-American, Associated Press, and Black College Football All-American teams. Already the Tigers' all-time leading rusher, Anthony enters the 2004 campaign with more than 3,000 yards.
Thomas led the OVC in quarterback sacks (12) and tackles for loss (20) in his first season with the Tigers after transferring from Tinity Valley Community College in Texas. Thomas, from Orange Texas, finished the season with 56 total tackles.
TSU will open the 2004 season at home in the John Merritt Classic on Sept. 4 against Alabama A&M.