NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State football alumni Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Ty Allen (Warner Robbins, Ga.) will be taking their talents to the next level after inking professional deals. Ogundeko will begin his professional career with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League, while Allen has signed to suit up for Alliance Memphis from the Alliance of American Football league.
Ebenezer "Ebo" Ogundeko | Defensive Line | BC Lions
A three-time First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference performer, Ogundeko terrorized opposing quarterbacks with 14.5 sacks in his three-year TSU career. Making his way to Nashville by way of Clemson University, the New York native racked up 143 tackles for Tennessee State. During his senior season in 2017 Ogundeko helped TSU’s defense rank seventh in total defense among FCS programs.
“It’s a blessing of course,” Ogundeko said. “I thank the Lord for the opportunity. I’m glad to be playing ball in a good league and have every day to get better.”
Ty Allen | Offensive Line | Alliance Memphis
Allen played a major role in TSU’s offensive success after transferring from Merced Community College. In his two seasons in Nashville, Allen appeared in 20 games with 15 starts on the offensive line. A versatile player, Allen started 11 career games at right guard and four games at center. As a junior, Allen helped the offensive line give up a league-low 14 sacks. With Alliance Memphis, he will be reunited with his TSU teammate Terrell Bonds.
“First I want to thank God for this opportunity to continue to do what I love,” Allen said. “My goal isn’t done yet. Next steppingstone is the NFL. I want to thank the Alliance and my supporters.”