With last season’s starting quarterback in trouble, the Tigers of Tennessee State are looking for someone to replace him and things got more difficult for head coach Rod Reed as both quarterbacks took advantage of their playing times.
Senior Holt Clairborne and sophmore transfer Ryan Turnage III both ran the offense well for the Tigers. Turnage in his first action since transferring from North Carolina Tech Prep, completed 11 of 16 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. Clairborne one upped him in yardage going 14 for 28 for 165 yards and a touchdown as well.
The favorite target on the afternoon for TSU was tight end Wesley Samuels who finished with six catches for 58 yards.
The defense which returns all 11 held up well in the second half but Reed afterwards said “Nobody out there has a job, we want them to compete.” This is something to keep the players focused and has fueled the backups during the spring. One notably was Mike West at linebacker who took over when Nick Thrasher went down with a knee injury. Like one reporter said, its not a problem having too much depth. Something the Tigers will gladly face.