Tennessee State Head Football Coach Rod Reed stopped by my radio program “JR The Bossman Show” on AM 1100 Atlanta’s Sports & Entertainment Network yesterday to speak to myself and my co-host John Beckler about what’s been going on with the Big Blue Tigers from spring ball up until the opening of fall camp today.
Check out Coach Reed’s Interview here: http://ow.ly/zTqTZ
Tennessee State has improved its win total in each of Rod Reed’s first four seasons, reaching 10 overall wins and a playoff berth a season ago. The team was 6-2 in OVC play and earned an automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs, shutting out Butler 31-0 in the first round to snap the OVC’s 19-game postseason losing streak. Now in his fifth season as head coach Reed returns 58 players from last year’s team including six offensive and six defensive starters. The defense should once again be solid after ranking sixth nationally in total defense (296.9 yards/game) and scoring defense (18.1 points/game) and ninth nationally in turnovers gained (31) last season. That defensive unit is led by reigning OVC Defensive Player of the Year Anthony Bass who was also tabbed this year’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year; in 2013 Bass had 34 tackles, 14.5 tackles-for-loss, 10.0 sacks, four pass breakups, six quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, a blocked kick and a safety. Also back is senior defensive back Daniel Fitzpatrick who was named the National Defensive Back of the Year by the FCS ADA a season ago. Fitzpatrick led all Division I players (FBS or FCS) with eight interceptions as a junior and is on the Preseason Buck Buchanan Award Watch List. The offense will be led by senior quarterback Michael German who missed the beginning of last season but worked his way back in the lineup before the end of the season. In seven games German completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,168 yards and 13 touchdowns without throwing an interception.
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