Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 12:29
NASHVILLE — Tennessee State has high expectations coming off its best season in almost 30 years, thanks largely to a very stingy defense that takes after the Tigers' best tradition.
The Tigers, who have produced such NFL players as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Richard Dent and Ed "Too Tall" Jones, ranked in the top 10 nationally in 2013 for total defense, scoring defense and turnovers gained.
Coach Rod Reed said preseason Ohio Valley Conference defensive player of the year Anthony Bass and defensive back Daniel Fitzpatrick both deserve such an honor. Bass had 10 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss, and Fitzpatrick led all of Division I nationally with eight interceptions.