SSU Athletes Graduate
24 former Savannah State student-athletes received their undergraduate degrees on May 7 at Tiger Arena. Earning bachelor degrees were Perry Lambert II (football), Joshua Marshall (football), Ameretta Gaskin (cheerleader), Ebony Griggs (track), Marcus Stallworth (track), Chris Reed (football), Mark Sherrod (baseball), Javon Randolph (basketball), Jesse Davis (football), Simone Andrews (track), Netice Brimball (track), Wansley Harrison (track), Joe Jackson (baseball), Emery Williams (football), Sara Wilson (softball), Dan Johnson (football), Luis Justiniano (football), Tyrone McCoy (track), Shawn Souvenir (track), Tyisha Butler (track), Glen Izevbigie (basketball), Simeo Smith (football), Danita Moses (track), and Roy Irby (football).
Jones Sets Track Record
Amara Jones won the women’s 200m race at the Florida State Twilight Track Meet and at the same time set a new Savannah State record with her time of 23.67 on May 7. Also winning first place was the SSU’s women’s 4x400m relay team (Aleah Hordges, Jazy Seay-Blane, Amber Hughes and Jones). Earning third place finishes were Jones (400m) and Sharonda Redfield (triple jump). Ruben Isreal-McBee led the SSU by finishing 6th in the 5000m race.
Another Newton Drafted
Four days after his brother was the top pick in the NFL Draft, Cecil Newton, Jr. was drafted by the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League on May 2. Newton was picked in the third round and was the 11th overall selection. Newton has been on the practice squad of the Jacksonville Jaguars since signing as an undrafted free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft. A four-year letterman at Tennessee State, Newton was part of an offensive line which helped the program lead the OVC in rushing for two straight seasons.
Wheeler Leaves SSU
Emanuel Wheeler, who served as equipment manager and assistant baseball coach at Savannah State has left the University. Wheeler, 31, came to SSU in 2007. The Chicago State grad was the athletic department equipment manager for all five years and was a baseball assistant from 2007-10. Before coming to SSU, Wheeler spent the 2006 season as an baseball assistant at his alma mater. Wheeler said he is going to pursue other baseball opportunities.
SSU Men Ranked In Defense
The Savannah State men’s basketball team ended the year ranked 14th in the country in scoring defense, surrendering 60.3 points a game. SSU was 31st in field goal percentage defense (40.3) and 33rd in 3-point field goal defense (31.5).