Looking back at the three keys:
Last season, Tennessee State had one of the top defenses in FCS ranking sixth nationally in total defense (296.9 yards/game) and scoring defense (18.1 points/game) and ninth nationally in turnovers gained (31) last season. That defensive unit is led by reigning OVC Defensive Player of the Year Anthony Bass…
The TSU defense looks poised to be even better in 2014 after a stout performance against Edward Waters. The unit only allowed 76 yards of total offense, five first downs and did not give up any points. The TSU defense was impregnable in the opening 30 minutes, only allowing 18 yards of total offense, including negative-one on the ground, and only one first down. Anthony Bass was named the game’s Defensive MVP after recording four stops, two sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and an interception. His performance earned him OVC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Who’s Got the Rock?
One player’s dream of being the starting running back for TSU will come true on Saturday after Tim Broughton graduated and Telvin Hooks was sidelined with an injury last winter…
Tennessee State used all of its running backs in the victory, but the one that stood out was Tennessee transfer Tom Smith. Smith had 151 yards on 12 carries and added four touchdowns en route to being named the Offensive MVP of the game. Martine Stevenson (92 yards) and Greg White (98 yards) were effective as well and Stephen Hopkins had the longest run of the night with a 48-yard dash. Sophomore Tevin Spells had a rough first career start, fumbling twice, but head coach Rod Reed remained positive about Spells’s future after the contest.
Last season, Mike German completed 60 percent of his passes and tossed 13 touchdowns without a single interception…
The rain at LP Field made throwing the ball nearly impossible on Saturday night and both teams’ quarterbacks struggled. The starters were a combined 7-for-32 for 85 yards and five interceptions. German did throw a touchdown to Je-Marc Sears in the first half, but his six-game streak without a pick ended. Better weather should lead to better passing in the future.
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