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  03/09/21 - Antonio ZitaSr/2022, Tennessee State, 5-09, 170 (DS#999 K) + More +

  MARCH 8 OVC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Antonio Zita, K, 5-9, 170, Jr., Fayetteville, Tenn., Tennessee State,...Zita was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals, connecting from 36, 41 and 47 yards in Tennessee State's 38-16 loss to No. 10 Jacksonville State. The junior also added an extra point to finish with the 10th double-digit scoring performance of his career. His 47-yard field goal in the third quarter was into a strong wind. For the season Zita is 5-for-6 on field goals, which is tops in Conference play. Others Nominated: Matt Judd, Eastern Illinois; Alen Karajic, Jacksonville State; Dresser Winn, UT Martin. - Ohio Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 K) Sr/2022 K Antonio ZitaTennessee State
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  Texas A&M junior defensive back Derrick Tucker announced Tuesday on Twitter that he will opt out of the 2020 season, citing support of Black Lives Matter. "There is a lot going on in the world and in my life right now," Tucker said in the tweet. "I want to do my part, when it comes to making a difference and taking initiative in one's personal health. I have chosen to sit out this season in support to BLM. If 2020 has taught me anything so far, it is that life is bigger than football. We can't keep pushing past the fact that there is so much injustice in our world." Tucker is the second Aggie in as many days to opt out of the season with cornerback Elijah Blades announcing he will sit out Monday. Quarterback James Foster also will not play in 2020. Both Blades and Foster did not give a specific reason for sitting out the season. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#999 SS) rSr/2022 SS Derrick TuckerTennessee State
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  Marshall football is 45 days away from its scheduled season opener with East Carolina on Aug. 29. If that game does indeed take place as planned, the Thundering Herd will take the field with a new starting quarterback. On Wednesday, Marshall's athletic department confirmed that quarterback Isaiah Green has entered the NCAA transfer portal. The department said it would have no further comment on Green's departure. Green exits the program after two years as the starting quarterback. During his two seasons, Green played in 23 games, starting 22 of them. Marshall posted a 15-8 record in games in which Green appeared. Green threw for 4,897 yards with 30 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in thohse 23 games. He had a 56.5 completion percentage (376 for 666). While Green started every game last year, consistency issues down the stretch of the 2019 season were costly as he failed to complete 50 percent of his passes in each of his last three games. - Charleston Gazette

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2022 QB Isaiah GreenTennessee State
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  The University of Kentucky football program gained a new football commitment Friday. Shortly after, it lost two of its building blocks already on campus. Kahlil Saunders, a defensive end out of Huntsville, Ala., announced his commitment to the Wildcats at 2:25 p.m. Friday. Sixteen minutes later, at 2:41 p.m., defensive lineman Cavon Butler shared that he is entering the NCAA transfer portal. A little more than an hour after that, redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Davoan Hawkins also entered the NCAA transfer portal. Butler, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound Toledo native, was listed as a nose guard. As a true freshman last season he made one appearance, recording a tackle in UK's 50-7 win over Tennessee Martin. Hawkins, a 6-2, 282-pounder from Hollywood, Fla., played in nine games and made three tackles and forced a fumble last season. Two of those tackles were for a loss, including a quarterback sack. - Herald Leader

(DS#999 DT) rJr/2023 DT Davoan HawkinsTennessee State
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  01/05/20 - Chris RowlandSr/2020, Tennessee State, 5-06, 185 (DS#59 WR) + More +

  2019 AFCA FCS COACHES' FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: WR Chris Rowland, Sr., Tennessee St.,...Rowland set single season records at Tennessee State with 104 receptions and 1,437 yards. The senior finished with eight touchdown receptions, including a 96 yarder at FBS opponent Middle Tennessee. Rowland totaled 68 points off 11 touchdowns and a two-point conversion. The wide out was the only player in NCAA D-1 and D-II to register a touchdown via receiving, rushing, punt return and kickoff return. Rowland ended the regular season leading the nation in receiving yards and receiving yards per game. He also finished third in reecptions per game. - Tennessee State Football

(DS#59 WR) Sr/2020 WR Chris RowlandTennessee State
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  12/22/19 - Chris RowlandSr/2020, Tennessee State, 5-06, 185 (DS#59 WR) + More +

  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Chris Rowland, Tennessee State,...Rowland excelled all season long at wide receiver as well as a return specialist. The redshirt senior set new standards at TSU with single season records after catching 104 passes for 1,437 yards. The receiving yardage is the most by a receiver in FCS play this season, while his receptions total allowed him to become just the second player to pull down 100-plus passes in a season in OVC history. - Tennessee State Football

(DS#59 WR) Sr/2020 WR Chris RowlandTennessee State
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Lachavious Simmons, Tennessee State,...Lachavious Simmons and Thomas Burton started all 12 games this season and anchored an offensive line that averaged 400.1 yards per game. The unit finished third in the OVC in total offense and second in passing with 260.7 yards per game. The line also allowed the second least amount of sacks in the conference at 1.75 yards per game. - Tennessee State Football

(DS#48 OG) rSr/2020 OG Lachavious SimmonsTennessee State
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  12/22/19 - Chris RowlandSr/2020, Tennessee State, 5-06, 185 (DS#59 WR) + More +

  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RS - Chris Rowland, Tennessee State,...Rowland averaged 25.0 yards per kickoff return, ranking 21st in the nation, and 11.9 yards per punt return, good for 10th in FCS. Rowland scored on a 96 yard kickoff return against Jackson State and returned a punt for 56 yards against Eastern Illinois for a touchdown. - Tennessee State Football

(DS#59 WR) Sr/2020 WR Chris RowlandTennessee State
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  12/22/19 - Josh GreenrJr/2023, Tennessee State, 6-0, 180 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  2019 OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM (COACHES): SAF - Josh Green, Tennessee State,...Green moved into the starting lineup in week six due to injuries. The redshirt freshman entered in the fifth game of the season and registered nine tackles, six solo, and one for loss in limited action. Green recorded 11 tackles in a game on three occasions and finished third on the team with 66 tackles. - Tennessee State Football

(DS#999 FS) rJr/2023 FS Josh GreenTennessee State
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  12/22/19 - Antonio ZitaSr/2022, Tennessee State, 5-09, 170 (DS#999 K) + More +

  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): K - Antonio Zita, Tennessee State,...Zita produced one of the better seasons for a kicker in FCS play this season. The sophomore finished with a conference high 20 field goals, which tied for the fifth most in a single season in OVC history and set a new TSU record. Zita ranked sixth in the nation and led the conference averaging 1.67 field goals per game. The kicker also ranked seventh in the FCS and topped the OVC in field goal percentage (.833). Zita scored double digit points in four contests and finished with 91 points on the season. - Tennessee State Football

(DS#999 K) Sr/2022 K Antonio ZitaTennessee State
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): C - Thomas Burton, Tennessee State,...Lachavious Simmons and Thomas Burton started all 12 games this season and anchored an offensive line that averaged 400.1 yards per game. The unit finished third in the OVC in total offense and second in passing with 260.7 yards per game. The line also allowed the second least amount of sacks in the conference at 1.75 yards per game. - Tennessee State Football

(DS#50 C) rSr/2020 C Thomas BurtonTennessee State
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  12/06/19 - Chris RowlandSr/2020, Tennessee State, 5-06, 185 (DS#59 WR) + More +

  2019 BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Chris Rowland, Wide Receiver and Return Specialist, Tennessee State University, Senior, 2019 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Offensive Player of the Year...1st Team All-OVC as a wide receiver and return specialist...Led OVC in receptions (104), receiving yards (1,437) and all-purpose yards (2,110)...The 104 receptions in a season set a new HBCU record...Only Division I player (FBS or FCS) to score a touchdown via kick return, punt return, reception and rushing...Had six games with 200-plus all-purpose yards during the season...Selected to participate in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. - The Black College Football Hall of Fame

(DS#59 WR) Sr/2020 WR Chris RowlandTennessee State
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  11/26/19 - Chris RowlandSr/2020, Tennessee State, 5-06, 185 (DS#59 WR) + More +

  2019 OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Chris Rowland (WR/RS), Tennessee State,...Despite being limited in one and a half games in November due to injury, Rowland ranked first nationally in total receiving yards (1,437) and receiving yards/game (119.8), second in all-purpose yards (175.83 yards/game), third in receptions/game (8.7) and 22nd in kickoff returns (25.0 yards/return). Rowland missed the second half of the Eastern Illinois game on November 9 and was unable to play wide receiver in the following game against UT Martin, although he did perform his normal role and hold on field goal attempts. Had he not participated in that game (where he did not play offense and recorded zero all-purpose yards) he would have led the FCS in receptions/game.

Named first-team All-OVC as both a wide receiver and return specialist, Rowland became just the second player in OVC history to catch 100 passes in a season (joining Eastern Illinois All-American Erik Lora who accomplished the feat in 2012 and 2013). As a return specialist he is one of just two FCS players to return both a kick return and a punt return for a touchdown this season. His kickoff return score went for 96 yards against Jackson State in the Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis while his punt return score came in the first half against Eastern Illinois, as it went for 57 yards. Rowland was the only Division I player (FBS or FCS) to score a touchdown via kick return, punt return, reception and rushing in 2019. He had six games with 200-plus all-purpose yards during the season, including a season-high 267 against Jackson State. - Ohio Valley Football


(DS#59 WR) Sr/2020 WR Chris RowlandTennessee State
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  11/23/19 - Chris RowlandSr/2020, Tennessee State, 5-06, 185 (DS#59 WR) + More +

  Chris Rowland had 148 receiving yards and a touchdown on 12 receptions and Tennessee State rallied to shock Tennessee Tech 37-27 on Saturday. Tennessee State (3-9, 2-6 Ohio Valley Conference) overcame first-half deficits of 20-0 and 27-10 and used the final quarters to stage the comeback. Down 17 at the half, Te'kendrick Roberson ran it in from 14 yards to complete an 11-play, 81-yard drive to start the third quarter. The two-point conversion failed. Later, Rowland threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Rosendahl and reduced the deficit to 27-23. More than midway through the fourth, DeMarco Corbin made it 30-27 after his 3-yard TD run. On the Golden Eagles' next drive, Seth Rowland got free and blocked Luke Maynard's punt that Jordan Bell recovered in the end zone with 4:44 left. The Tigers entered with three straight defeats and had been beaten in nine of their last 10 games. It's the second straight year the Tigers have beaten Tennessee Tech (6-6, 3-5). Tennessee State ended the season with consecutive defeats. - AP College Football

(DS#59 WR) Sr/2020 WR Chris RowlandTennessee State
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  11/12/19 - Chris RowlandSr/2020, Tennessee State, 5-06, 185 (DS#59 WR) + More +

  NOV 11 OVC CO-SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Chris Rowland, RS/WR, 5-8, 180, Sr., Nolensville, Tenn., Tennessee State,...Rowland returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown and finished the game with 131 all-purpose yards, two total touchdowns and a two-point conversion against Eastern Illinois. All of that game in the first half, as the senior did not play in the second half due to injury. Rowland, who also has a kick return for a touchdown this season, is the only FCS player to return both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown this season. He also caught three passes for 86 yards and a 36-yard touchdown. Despite missing the second half Rowland still ranks first nationally in receiving yards (1,289), receiving yards/game (128.9) and receptions/game (9.2) and second in all-purpose yards (194.9/game). - Ohio Valley Football

(DS#59 WR) Sr/2020 WR Chris RowlandTennessee State
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