Tigers Looking To Stop Losing Streak
Following a 65- 13 setback in their season opener, the Savannah State football team is looking rebound as they will travel to Akron this weekend. The Tigers had a bye this past weekend which gave them the chance to correct the mistakes they made against Colorado State as well as put together their game plan for Akron. “We will continue to get the guys to understand game situations” said head coach Earnest Wilson III on his plans during the bye week. “We will continue to work on fundamentals and techniques,” he added. Just like SSU, the Zips are also win-less after suffering losses to Oklahoma and Pitt. The Tigers, who have lost 22 straight games, will probably be without quarterback Tino Smith who suffered a hand injury against CSU. SSU may turn to freshman David Handler, who led the team to their only touchdown drive in the first game. Handler is not as mobile as Smith but has a strong arm.
Locals Hope To Help SSU
The Savannah State football team has over 100 members this season. Twenty-one of those are from Savannah which is a good sign that local kids are interested in playing for the program, despite not having a winning season since 1998. Five of the players come from Memorial (Deric Wright, Johronte Singleton, D’Qavis Douse, Gary Scott and Rodheem Greene) while Bible Baptist (William Campbell, Keynnard Campbell and Mulik Simmons) and Savannah High (Kevon Futch, Traynearious Dillard and Quaron Hillard) have three each. Windsor Forest (James Kicklighter and Esai Morrison), Bethesda (Raydell Martin and Warren Sweet) and Benedictine (Ellison Burns III and Sean Fogarty) have two each while Calvary (Derek Kirkland), Beach (Maurice Hunter), Savannah Christian (Javon Green) and Jenkins (Paris Baker) have one each.
Smith Inks New Contract
Former Savannah State basketball standout Jyles Smith has signed a new international professional contract. Slan Sports Management announced that Smith signed a one-year contract with Horsens IC in the Danish Ligaen. Smith, a 6’9’’ center, is coming off of his rookie professional season with the Copenhagen Wolfpack. Smith was named Eurobasket.com’s Denmark Ligaen Player of the Week four times, helping lead the Wolfpack to a 4th place regular season finish and a Quarter Finals appearance in their inaugural season in the Ligaen. He led the Ligaen in blocks with 1.9 per game and was 5th in rebounds at 8.9 per contest. Smith also averaged 12.5 points, 1.4 assists, and 1.7 steals in 28.9 minutes per game. He was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen 2nd Team. Smith played at SSU from 2010-14.
Former SSU Lineman Dies
Eric Lee, a member of the Savannah State football team from 1993-95 passed away on September 10. Lee played defensive end for the Tigers for three seasons before transferring to Fort Valley State to play his senior year in 1996. Lee, who was from Moreland, Georgia, played for two seasons under head coach Joe Crosby and one season under head coach Wendell Avery. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc. South Dekalb Chapel is in charge of arrangements.