The Tennessee State offense benefited from not just one of the top receivers in the nation, but two. Chris Rowland produced a record breaking season in 2019 and combined with Steven Newbold for one of the ultimate one-two punch combinations in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Some would look at his season as being overshadowed, but the ultimate teammate looked at it as collaboration. Upon success of another Tiger, Newbold was always one of the first to congratulate and never wanted to miss a good celebration.
Newbold finished his final campaign with 59 receptions for 823 yards and six touchdowns. The year was one of the better seasons for a wide receiver in TSU history. The senior tied Tyrone Butterfield (1997) and Barry Collins (1984) for ninth for most receptions in a season and just missed out of cracking the top 10 in yards. The production was also a strong combination to go along with Rowland’s 104 receptions for 1,437 yards.
Newbold opened his career with the Big Blue with a season which earned him Freshman All-American honors. This season the Carol City, Fla. native eclipsed his personal best of 41 receptions and 784 yards set as a freshman, as well as matched his first year total of six touchdowns.
The wide out highlighted the season with a career best in receptions (10) and receiving yards (196) versus Jackson State at the Southern Heritage Classic. Newbold also made an appearance on Sports Center Top 10 List. The receiver made a spectacular one-handed grab against Southeast Missouri State. Newbold leaped up between two defenders and stretched out to snag a pass from Cameron Rosendahl out of the air. The play was No. 2 on Saturday night (11/2), before moving to No. 3 in the morning show on Nov. 3.
It was the second time Newbold had been featured on ESPN. The first came on Sept. 17, 2017, in the Tampa Classic versus Florida A&M in Raymond James Stadium. Newbold avoided 10 tackle attempts on a 44-yard touchdown reception from Treon Harris. A sophomore at the time, Newbold worked his way down the left sideline before cutting back across to the right sideline before cutting back to the middle and diving into the end zone.
Newbold left his mark at TSU and leaves in the top six on the career lists for receptions receiving yards. The receiver registered 162 catches and 2,534 yards in his four years with the Tigers. The impressive numbers were hindered by a limited junior season when Newbold was limited due to injuries.
Newbold’s reception total matched Golden Tate (1980-83) for fourth at TSU and was only behind Mike Jones (1979-82), C.J. Johnson (2000-03) and Rowland. His receiving yards is sixth best with the Big Blue and finished just shy of former teammate Patrick Smith (fourth) and Rowland (fifth).
Newbold capped off his time at Tennessee State by earning his degree this spring. The former Tiger still has hopes of continuing his career at the next level.