SSU Attends SIAC Football Media Day
If being snubbed by preseason predictions is a source of motivation, the Savannah State football team will have all it needs heading into the new season. The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference held their annual Football Media Day at the College Football Hall of Fame on July 9 and the Tigers were picked to finish sixth in the six-team Eastern Division.
Also, no SSU players were selected among those picked for the preseason all conference team.
Albany State was picked to win the SIAC Eastern Division followed by Benedict, Morehouse, Fort Valley State, Clark Atlanta and SSU.
In the SIAC Western Division, Miles is the predicted winner followed by Tuskegee, Central State, Lane and Kentucky State.
All votes were submitted by conference head coaches and sports information directors.
Savannah State is making their return to the conference following a 19- year stay in Division I and a eight year membership in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
SSU was a member of the SIAC from 1969 as a Division III member and in 1981 the Tigers made the move to Division II. Savannah State remained in the SIAC until 1998.
Washington Inks Baseball Contract
Former Savannah State baseball player Justin Washington recently signed his professional baseball contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Washington, who was selected in the 2019 baseball draft by the Dodgers in the 35 round, signed for $50,000. The slender outfielder has been assigned to the Dodgers rookie team that competes in the Arizona league, Dodgers Mota. So far, Washington has played in eight games and is batting .250. Washington has four hits, four RBI, two doubles, one home run, scored three times and has stolen three bases in three attempts.
SSU Athletes Make All- Academic Team
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference recently announced the 2019 Commissioner’s All-Academic Team. A total of 1,169 student-athletes from the conference’s 12 member institutions who achieved academic success during the spring 2018 and fall 2018 semesters were recognized. The team honors student-athletes, including sophomores to seniors, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Among those excelling in the classroom were 51 student-athletes from SSU with 32 men and 19 women.
Savannah State athletes earning academic honors were Jacquece Alston (women’s basketball), Shayna Byers (tennis), Tyran Chenault (volleyball), Oneillia Fuller (track), Salma Gonzalez (volleyball), Elizabeth Griffin (golf), Bryshea Jackson (track), Kayla Jones (golf), Kanani Lodge (track), Leiri Melendez (volleyball), Muskaan Ranjan (tennis), Sansriti Ranjan (tennis), Jamese Scott (volleyball), Jaylen Sewell (track), Sofii Shut’ko (tennis), Karissa Tatum (volleyball), Monique Veal (golf), Ekaterina Vorobeva (tennis), Tasneem Ward (golf), Austin Adams (baseball), Awni Alshafei (football), Garrett Bogart (baseball), Ian Concevitch (baseball), Turner Davis (baseball), Dwayne Franklin (baseball), John Grant (men’s basketball), David Handler (football), Christian Harkey (baseball), Tyrell Harper (men’s basketball), Kenneth Holder (football), Luis Lamarche (baseball), James Livingston (football), Giovanni Lugo (football), Yan Mastin (baseball), Cooper Morgan (baseball), Marquez Martin (football), Trey Odom (golf), Andrew Okorodudu (men’s basketball), Zach Otto (golf), Cameron Pack (track), Joseph Roberson (baseball), Aaron Robinson (football), Tyler Robison (baseball), Atakilti Sahlu (track), Matthew Shunk (baseball), Jeremiah Strain (football), Jaden Thiemann (golf), Matthew Thomas (golf), Luis Torres Lopez (baseball), Justin Washington (baseball) and Milton Woodward (football).
Tennessee State Makes Deal With Nike
University’s athletics teams will have a new look for the coming school year and beyond.
Nike will outfit all 15 of the school’s athletics programs through an agreement with sports apparel distributor BSN Sports. The deal, which is for five years, makes Nike the official apparel, footwear, accessory and equipment provider for TSU.
The partnership replaces the school’s previous deal with Adidas.