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Savannah State Tigers
2014 Savannah State Tigers football team
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First season 1912
Athletic director Sterling Steward Jr.
Head coach Earnest Wilson
1st year, 0–1  (.000)
Home stadium Ted Wright Stadium
Year built 1967
Stadium capacity 8,000
Stadium surface Grass
Location Savannah, Georgia
League Division I - FCS
Conference MEAC
All-time record 364–358–3 (.504)
Postseason bowl record 0–0–0 (–)
Consensus All-Americans 3
Current uniform
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Colors

Burnt Orange and Reflex Blue

          
Marching band Savannah State Marching Tiger Band
Website SSU Tigers Football

The Savannah State Tigers football team represents Savannah State University in college football. The Tigers are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).[1] The football team is traditionally the most popular sport at Savannah State and home games are played at Ted A. Wright Stadium in Savannah, Georgia.

Since moving to NCAA Division I - FCS in 2000, the Tigers have compiled a 48-57-0 record as of the 2009–2010 season. Prior to moving to Division I - FCS the team compiled a 108-100-1 record in NCAA Division II (1981–2000), a 15-20-0 record in NCAA Division III (1973–1980) and a 1-1-0 record as a member of the NAIA.[2][3]

The program's largest margin of victory was 81 points against Miles College in 1992 (Savannah State, 87 – Miles College, 6). The largest margin of defeat was 88 points against Bethune-Cookman College in 1953 (Bethune-Cookman 98, Savannah State 10).[4] Prior to a game against the Florida State Seminoles in 2012, the Seminoles were installed as 70 1/2 point favorites, reportedly making Savannah State the biggest underdogs in any college football game ever.[5]

The team regularly participates in one or more black football classics each season including the CSRA Football Classic and the Joe Turner Classic. The team has previously participated in the Gateway Classic, the Miami Classic, the Palmetto Capital City Classic, and the Circle City Classic.

Head Coach[edit]

On January 7, 2011, Savannah State University named Steve Davenport as its new head football coach. Davenport replaced Robert "Robby" Wells who left the program before the 2010 football season. Davenport, the former offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, is the 22nd head football coach at Savannah State. Davenport was relieved of his duties as head football coach on April 17, 2013.[6] Corey Barlow, the Tiger's cornerbacks coach, was named the interim head coach.


Conference affiliations[edit]

  • 1915–1928 Independent
  • 1929–1961 Southeastern Athletic Conference
  • 1962–1968 Independent
  • 1969–1999 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
  • 2000–2001 Division II Independent
  • 2002–2009 Division I-AA Independent
  • 2010–Present Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

No Team: 1924, 1943–1945

On September 8, 2011, Savannah State University was confirmed as a full member of the MEAC Conference, making the Tigers eligible to participate in all conference championships and earn the conference's automatic berth to NCAA postseason competition in all sponsored sports.[7]

Conference championships and NCAA Playoff Appearances[edit]

The Tigers were Southeastern Athletic Conference champions in 1938, 1948, 1950 and 1956.[8][9] The team's only NCAA playoff appearance occurred in 1992. The Tigers, led by Head Coach Bill Davis, were defeated by Jacksonville State University in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs, 41-16.[3]


Season-by-Season Records[edit]

     NCAA I-AA MEAC      NCAA I-AA Independent      SIAC (NCAA Division II)      NCAA Division III      NAIA Southeastern

Notable players and coaches[edit]

Some notable Savannah State football players and coaches include:

Name Class year Position Notability Reference(s)
Steven Aycock 1993 Offensive lineman Head football coach at Johnson C. Smith University [33]
Eric Brown 1989 Cornerback/Safety former National Football League player with the Dallas Cowboys [34]
Chadrick Cone 2006 Running Back Signed by the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League in 2006 and the Columbus Lions of the American Indoor Football Association in 2009 [35][36]
Bobby Curtis 1987 Linebacker former National Football League player with the Washington Redskins and New York Jets [35]
Ken Dawson 1981 Running Back 10th round pick by the Seattle Seahawks; #252 overall pick [34][37][38]
Roy Ellison 1987 Guard/Center National Football League official and umpire during Super Bowl XLIII [39]
Aaron Fields 2000 Defensive End former National Football League player with the Dallas Cowboys [34]
Troy Hambrick 2000 Running Back former National Football League player who averaged 4.1 yards per carry in his 5 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (2000–2003) and the Arizona Cardinals (2004). [34][35]
Britt Henderson 1996 Defensive Back 1996 First Team All American [12]
Patrick Jackson unknown former United Indoor Football player who played with the Rock River Raptors [35]
Jonathan Johnson unknown former United Indoor Football player who played with the Rock River Raptors [35]
Lemuel Ligdon unknown former NFL Europe player who played with the Rhein Fire [35]
Wesley McGriff 1990 Outside Linebacker current defensive backs coach and defensive recruiting coordinator for the Vanderbilt Commodores. Former defensive backs coach for the Miami Hurricanes and former interim coach and defensive coordinator at Savannah State University. [40][41]
Ernest "The Cat" Miller Linebacker All-American linebacker and former professional wrestler [42]
Andrew Mitchell unknown former Arena Football League player who played with the Arizona Rattlers [35]
Tahj Mowry Running Back former child actor from the sitcom "Smart Guy", played football at SSU for 1 season
Wes Phillips 1979 Offensive Tackle former National Football League player with the Houston Oilers [34]
Shannon Sharpe 1986-89 Wide Receiver / Tight End 1989 First team All American, former National Football League player with the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens, three-time Super Bowl champion, and former NFL's all-time leader in receptions (815) by a tight end (record now held by Tony Gonzalez). He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. [12][34][43]
Tim Walker 1980 Linebacker 1979 First Team All American and former National Football League player with the Seattle Seahawks [12][34]
Steven Wilks 1999 Head Coach the current defensive backs coach of the Chicago Bears [14]

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