JACKSON STATE ATHLETICS
JSU and Tennessee State Square Off at Southern Heritage Classic
Sept. 7, 2016


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JACKSON, Miss. - The Jackson State University football team and the Tennessee State Tigers square off again for the 51st time in the 2016 Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis, Tenn.

Story Lines

-       The Jackson State Tigers and the Tennessee State Tigers square off on the gridiron for the 51st time in the 2016 Southern Heritage Classic.
-       Saturday’s contest marks Head Coach Tony Hughes’ second career game as the JSU Tigers head coach.
-       The JSU Tigers look to end their four game losing streak to TSU. JSU last defeated TSU in 2011 behind the strong right arm of signal caller Casey Therriault. Therriault accounted for four TDs and he connected with WR Marcellos Wilder on five pass completions for 114 yards and a TD. RB B.J. Lee ran for a game high 70 yards and LB Joseph LeBeau posted nine tackles and a sack.
-       The Tigers offensive line played well in the Tigers’ season opener against UNLV.JSU allowed only one sack during the game.
-       Despite losing the season opener, the Tigers had several bright spots during the game. JSU’s lone touchdown drive covered 75 yards on 14 plays.
-       JSU has worked on eliminating mistakes on the defensive end (tackling) - the Tigers gave up five explosive plays that directly led to UNLV touchdowns.
-       The Tigers were perfect in red zone scores. The Tigers were 3-3.
-       Head Coach Tony Hughes, who is a Mississippi native, concentrated his recruiting efforts on the magnolia state and three-hours in all directions of Jackson (the capital city of the state).
-       Senior LB/DE Javancy Jones is on virtually all FCS preseason watch lists, including the Buck Buchannan Defensive Player of the Year Award Watch List.
-       Spirit of the Team – players believing in each other to develop a winning program – is the theme of the Tigers program under Tony Hughes.


  
The JSU FB Radio Call-in Show will air each Thursday during the season live from the Last Call Sports Bar and Grill at 7 pm. Rob Jay and head coach Tony Hughes will answer fan questions about the Tigers’ last game and give an outlook for the following week.
  
JSU vs. TENNESSEE STATE
The Tigers of Jackson State and Tennessee State meet for the 51st time on the gridiron and TSU holds a 28-20-2 series advantage.

JSU vs. TENNESSEE STATE IN THE SOUTHERN HERITAGE CLASSIC
JSU and Tennessee State have a rivalry that pre-dates the SHC, such as sharing coaches (John Merritt helped re-establish both programs). The first SHC game was played in 1990 with TSU beating JSU 23-14. During the classic JSU has a 9-15 overall record and TSU has a 15-11 mark. TSU has won the last four straight SHC games and eight of the last 10 contests. JSU last posted a win over TSU in 2011 with a 35-29 victory.

JSU vs. OVC
JSU has a 20-30 record against the OVC. Other than Tennessee State, JSU has faced Eastern Illinois (0-1) and Eastern Kentucky (0-1).

CHAMPIONS IN ALL WE DO
Head Coach Tony Hughes is instilling the philosophy of Champions In All We Do – meaning that he wants the Tigers to win on the field, in the classroom, in the community and ultimately in life.

MOST PHYSICAL TEAM IN THE NATION
The Tigers, through recruiting and player development, are building towards becoming a football team that will out work and out grind the opponent. In addition the defense will play with a fast, relentless effort.
  


 
  


  
The JSU FB Radio Call-in Show will air each Thursday during the season live from the Last Call Sports Bar and Grill at 7 pm. Rob Jay and head coach Tony Hughes will answer fan questions about the Tigers’ last game and give an outlook for the following week.
  
-       The Jackson State Tigers and the Tennessee State Tigers square off on the gridiron for the 51st time in the 2016 Southern Heritage Classic.
-       Saturday’s contest marks Head Coach Tony Hughes’ second career game as the JSU Tigers head coach.
-       The JSU Tigers look to end their four game losing streak to TSU. JSU last defeated TSU in 2011 behind the strong right arm of signal caller Casey Therriault. Therriault accounted for four TDs and he connected with WR Marcellos Wilder on five pass completions for 114 yards and a TD. RB B.J. Lee ran for a game high 70 yards and LB Joseph LeBeau posted nine tackles and a sack.
-       The Tigers offensive line played well in the Tigers’ season opener against UNLV.JSU allowed only one sack during the game.
-       Despite losing the season opener, the Tigers had several bright spots during the game. JSU’s lone touchdown drive covered 75 yards on 14 plays.
-       JSU has worked on eliminating mistakes on the defensive end (tackling) - the Tigers gave up five explosive plays that directly led to UNLV touchdowns.
-       The Tigers were perfect in red zone scores. The Tigers were 3-3.
-       Head Coach Tony Hughes, who is a Mississippi native, concentrated his recruiting efforts on the magnolia state and three-hours in all directions of Jackson (the capital city of the state).
-       Senior LB/DE Javancy Jones is on virtually all FCS preseason watch lists, including the Buck Buchannan Defensive Player of the Year Award Watch List.
-       Spirit of the Team – players believing in each other to develop a winning program – is the theme of the Tigers program under Tony Hughes.