Savannah State began its 2009 football camp on August 3. Head coach Robby Wells addressed the team that same night and tabbed this season’s theme as “All Out All In”. Wells stated the meaning behind the theme was “I want an all out effort from everyone and everyone has to be all in when it comes to what we’re doing. We have to be together.” 85 players reported to camp with the wide receiver Antonio Proctor (5’4″) and defensive back Brent McCall (149-lbs.) being the smallest while offensive linemen Jonathan Clowers (6’6″) and Jared Brunson (332-lbs.) being the largest.
Lady Tigers Add
Cedric Baker, head women’s
basketball coach at Savannah State has added two more coaches to his staff. Joining the SSU family are Sonya Wilson and Billy Hamilton. Wilson, a South Carolina State grad, was a volunteer assistant at Orangeburg- Wilkerson High School last season while Hamilton, a Albany State alumnus, was a volunteer assistant at Tallahassee Community College a year ago.
The Savannah State volleyball team welcomed back 10 lettermen from last year and hope to improve on last season’s 10-win season, a school record. SSU lost six players but head coach Malik Jones has added five freshmen to the roster. Brittany Lewis and Whitney Bullock will be the 2009 team leaders. SSU starts the season on August 29 by hosting Edward Waters (12 noon) and Columbia (4 pm) at the Willcox-Wiley Gym.
Rams Eye Another
Albany State will rely on their defense as they try to make the Division II playoffs for the seventh straight year. ASU finished 7-4 a year ago and was second in the SIAC. The Rams defense returns eight starters to a team that led the conference in fewest points and yards allowed. The offense lost coordinator Donald Pittman to Fort Valley State in the off-season but do return quarterback Kisan Flakes who threw for 1,198 yards and 13 touchdowns. The ASU ground game led the league in rushing. The Rams begin the season August 27 on the road at Chowan.