Newton Drafted No. 1
Heisman Trophy winner Cameron Newton was the first picked in the National Football League Draft, held April 28. Newton, the son of Cecil and Jackie Newton, was picked by the Charlotte Panthers after playing quarterback at Auburn and leading the Tigers to a national championship. Former Savannah State football coach Frank Ellis coached Cecil while he played for the Tigers and was happy for the entire Newton family. "This is one of the most memorable things that can happen to a young man. Despite the hiccups he went through, he has not only survived but is thriving. The entire Savannah State family should be proud," stated Ellis. Frank Kearse, the son of Frank Kearse and Sonja Braxton, was drafted on day two of the NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins. Kearse, who prepped at Savannah High School, was picked in the 7th round after a stellar career at Alabama A&M as a defensive lineman.
SSU Women Leads Nation In 3-Point Defense
For the second year in a row, the Savannah State women’s basketball team led the nation in 3-point field goal defense. During the season, SSU limited teams to make 90 of 347 3- point shots for a 24.1 shooting percentage. Savannah State was 8th in scoring defense (51.3 points a game) and 8th in field goal percentage defense (33.9%).
Tigers Run At Penn Relays
Savannah State triple jumper Shawn Sovnenir finished 6th at the Penn Relays, held April 26-30 with a leap of 14.78m. The SSU men’s sprint medley relay team of Darrius Baker, Eric Plump, Tyrone McCoy and Etchien Assinzo were 7th with a time of 3:28.62. Amber Hughes led the SSU women by finishing 22nd in the triple jump with a jump of 11.48m.
SSU Downs Sand Sharks
Emory Barkley and Matt Nowacki each drove in 2 runs to help Savannah State to a 7-5 win over USCBeaufort on April 26 in Hardeeville. Matt Oglesby added 4 hits for the Tigers. SSU lost at Norfolk State, 4-3 on April 29 as Dexter Kelley had a pair of hits but bounced back to split a double header with the Spartans on April 30, losing the opener 7-3 but winning the second game 5-3. Julius Green drove in all 2 runs in the opener and had 2 hits in the nightcap. Michael Allegretti struck out 6 batters to earn the win as SSU improved to 27-21. The Tigers play at Georgia Tech on May 10.