Season tickets for the 2015 Tennessee State football season go on sale Wednesday, July 1. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the TSU Ticket Office (615-963-5841). The Big Blue Tigers open the season on Sunday, September 6 against Alabama State in the 17th annual John A. Merritt Classic. TSU will face Eastern Illinois on October 17 for Homecoming before hosting Austin Peay (10/31) and Murray State (11/7) in Hale Stadium. Last season, TSU ranked fourth in the nation in passing defense and 11th in total defense. The Tigers also had two offensive players drafted into the NFL. Season tickets are $70 and season parking passes are $30. The season parking package will include the games at LP Field and Hale Stadium. More information is on the website: www.tsutigers.com.
The Tennessee State football team wrapped up its annual Lil’ Tiger Camp, Thursday, June 11, bringing an end to another fun and successful week. At the Lil’ Tiger Camp, approximately 40 kids from around the area worked on the fundamentals of football including throwing, catching, blocking and defensive positioning while receiving instruction from TSU coaches. The campers performed agility drills that included running around cones and over blocking pads. They also scrimmaged using flags instead of tackling. The TSU coaches passed out free t-shirts and snacks and all campers posed for portraits with head coach Rod Reed.
Previously, former Tennessee State offensive linemen Robert Myers (No. 176) and Anthony Morris (No. 218) were both selected in NFL Draft. Myers was the last pick of the fifth round and is headed to Baltimore, while Morris was the first choice of the seventh round by Oakland. Tennessee State has now had 22 offensive lineman taken in the NFL Draft and four in the last two seasons. Myers and Morris become the 120th and 121st NFL Draft choices in school history, which is second-most all-time among FCS schools.
We will report more about TSU after the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Football Media Day,, which will be held Monday, July 20. Recently the program appeared to be in danger of not having the opportunity to participate in postseason playoff appearances following the upcoming season. This was due to an erroneous miscalculation of a formula by the NCAA. That situation has been corrected, and now the Tigers will be fully in contention for the NCAA FCS Championship this fall.
The 2015 TSU Fall Football Schedule
John Merritt Classic
Sept. 6 — Alabama State, Nashville, Tenn. 6:00 pm
Southern Heritage Classic
Sept. 12 – Jackson State, Memphis, Tenn. 6:00 pm
Sept. 19 — Jacksonville State,* Jacksonville, Ala. 1:00 pm
Sept. 26 — Florida A&M, Tallahassee, Fla. TBA
Oct. 10 – UT Martin,* Martin, Tenn. 2:00 pm
Oct. 17 — Eastern Illinois,* Nashville, Tenn. 6:00 pm
Oct. 24 — Eastern Kentucky,* Richmond, Ky. 2:00 pm
Oct. 31 — Austin Peay,* Nashville, Tenn. 2:00 pm
Nov. 7 – Murray State,* Nashville, Tenn. 2:00 pm
Nov. 21 — Tennessee Tech,* Cookeville, Tenn. 1:30 pm
ALL TIMES CENTRAL
* Conference Games