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TSU's 1998 OVC Football Championship Team to be Honored During Saturday's Game
Monday, November 5, 2018
TSU's 1998 OVC Football Championship Team to be Honored During Saturday's Game

NASHVILLE  --- Tennessee State’s 1998 Ohio Valley Conference Championship football team will be honored during halftime of Saturday's game versus Jacksonville State at Hale Stadium.

This season marks the 20th anniversary of TSU’s first OVC title, which resulted in an FCS playoff berth.

Posting a 9-3 overall record including a 6-1 mark in OVC games, the 1998 team was guided by OVC Coach of the Year L.C. Cole. The team’s high-powered offensive attack led by quarterback Leon Murray, the OVC Offensive Player of the Year, posted 30 or more points in eight of the 12 games.

In a season with a dominant stretch that helped the Tigers reel off eight-consecutive victories, Murray, as well as wide receiver Tyrone Butterfield and offensive tackle Bennie Anderson took home First Team All-OVC accolades on the offensive side of the ball. Linebacker Lamar Carter and defensive back Jarrick Hillery were First Team All-OVC selections for the defense.

Earning Second Team All-Conference honors was running back DeJuan Marshall, wide receiver Corey Sullivan, return specialist Avion Black and defensive back Darrell Hinton.

The Nov. 10 game versus Jacksonville State is slated for a 2 p.m. start. As Saturday also serves as Kid's Day, kids K-12 get into the game for free. Tickets for the OVC showdown can be purchased in the TSU Box Office or on Call (615) 963-ROAR for more information.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Nov. 9

  • Meet and Greet
    • WKND (1703 Church Street)
    • 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10

  • Players and Coaches Tailgate Party (invite only)
    • Indoor Practice Facility
    • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • TSU vs JSU Football Game
    • Hale Stadium
    • 2 p.m.
  • 1998 OVC Championship Team Halftime Presentation
    • Hale Stadium Field
    • Halftime
  • Fair Well Mixer
    • Four Points Sheraton Brentwood