SSU Athletes Enter Transfer Portal
Several Savannah State football players have entered their names in the NCAA Transfer Portal.
Among those who have entered is running back D’Angelo Durham.
According to his twitter account, the Augusta native will enter the portal as a graduate transfer. “Thank you to the coaching staff at Savannah State University for giving me the opportunity to further my academic and athletic career and to my teammates that became brothers I’ll cherish everything that we’ve experienced together. Thank you to the SSU fans for their support throughout the years. With that being said I’ll be entering the transfer portal as a graduate transfer with 1 year remaining.”
Durham was second on the team in rushing yards during the 2021 season with 558 yards on 128 carries. He scored eight touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 28 yards.
Other SSU players who have entered the transfer portal, via their social media posts are wide receiver Brent Carr, linebackers Christon Johnson and Brendan Jackson, defensive backs Kiwan Harris and Noah McBride, offensive lineman Conner Vasher and defensive linemen Bernard Brown, Sekou Dioubate, Salik McRae and Houston Robinson.
Carr, who is from Dublin, had three receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown and also ran the ball twice for 12 yards. Johnson played in eight games and had 23 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two pass breakups, one quarterback hurry, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. Johnson hails from Jacksonville, Florida. Jackson led SSU in tackles with 37. The Statesboro native who has three years of eligibility remaining also contributed four tackles for loss, one sack, one fumble recovery, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups.
Harris, a Jacksonville, Florida native with two years of eligibility left, played in nine contests and finished the season with 17 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery. McBride was red-shirted this year and the Florence, South Carolina native has four years to play. Vasher earned First team All-SIAC honors this past season, helping the Tigers average over 300 yards of offense per game. Brown transferred to SSU from St. Andrews and finished the season with 28 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Dioubate saw action in three games this past season. The Milton, Georgia native had one tackle and a pair of quarterback hurries. McRae had 16 tackles and three tackles for loss while Robinson played in five games and the Claxton native ended the season with two tackles and one quarterback hurry.
Jackson signed with Gardner-Webb during the December signing period and McRae verbally committed to also play for the Bulldogs of Gardner Webb.
Tigers Defense Ranked Sixth
The final statistics have been released and the Savannah State defense finished the 2021 season ranked sixth in Division II in total defense, surrendering
249.8 yards per game. SSU was also ranked in passing yards allowed (9th), rush offense (15th) and scoring defense (19th). The Tigers gave up 145.2 passing yards per game, ran for 219.3 yards per game, and allowed just 17.6 points per game. During the season, SSU blocked four punts which ranked them third in Division II and allowed 147 first downs which was good enough for sixth in Div. II.
Individually, Ny’em Bozeman led Div. II in punt returns for touchdowns with three and was seventh in blocked kicks with two. Kenneth Lockhart averaged 42 yards per punt which ranked him 19th in Div. II and Einaj Carter’s punt return average of 10.3 ranked him 24th in the nation.
Savannah State finished the season with a 8-2 overall record which was good enough to finish 8th in the BOXTOROW HBCU Football Media Poll.
Turner Makes All Conference Team
Nine University of Hawai’i football student athletes were recognized by the Mountain West on the all-conference teams as selected by a panel of media and head coaches.
One of those was Savannah native Calvin Turner, Jr. who earned second team honors as a wide receiver. It was Turner’s second consecutive year of receiving second team honors.
Turner ranks fourth in the league in all-purpose yards (1,523) and touchdowns (12) and is sixth in receptions (73) and receiving yards (876). He was the team’s fourth-leading rusher (316) and scored at least one touchdown in nine of 13 games.
The New Hampstead High School grad rushed for a season-high 94 yards against New Mexico State, had two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown against Oregon State and had 110 receiving yards against Utah State.
Clark Atlanta Athletic Director Announces Leadership Change
Clark Atlanta University Athletic Director Dr. J Lin Dawson has announced a leadership change in the Panther football program as Tim Bowens, head coach for the past three years, has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately.
Bowens compiled a 2-18 record over the past three years, including a 2-8 record this past season.
“I appreciate the hard work that Tim Bowens has put in the past three years,” said Dawson. “As head of this Department, I pledged to make sure that we meet and exceed high expectations on the field and off, and sometimes that requires some hard decisions. Bowens is a very high-character leader and I appreciate his service and commitment to Clark Atlanta University athletics. I wish the best for Tim and his family in the future.”
A national search will begin immediately to identify the next head coach of the football program.
“The Clark Atlanta University football program is one of the most attractive and tradition-clad programs in our conference and among all HBCUs. I look forward to identifying the next coach to lead this program forward,” Dawson said.