Preseason camp is always tough on college football players. The next one might be the toughest, says Al Johnson, the strength coach for the East Tennessee State football team.
“I’m just trying to beat the odds, just trying to prove everybody wrong. I feel like I’m always playing with a chip on my shoulder.”
Quay Holmes has always seemed mature beyond his years, so his actions during the coronavirus pandemic shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Vanderbilt needed just 13 seconds to quash any hopes East Tennessee State had of an upset.
ETSU and Vanderbilt face off Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Nashville. The SEC Network is televising the schools’ first meeting on the football field.
Will ETSU go with freshman Trey Mitchell, who has started most of the season, or Tyler Riddell, who completed 8 of 12 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in last weekend’s 38-33 win over Mercer?
“It was great to do it in this fashion, to be able to run the ball, record-breaking, but we got a conference win. This was our last chance to get it. We got a win for these seniors. Now they got a good memory to think about.”
Quay Holmes rushed for a school-record 255 yards, scored three TDs and reached a couple of other milestones in ETSU’s 38-33 Southern Conference win over Mercer on Saturday.
ETSU’s final chance at a Southern Conference win comes Saturday at 1 p.m. against Mercer at Greene Stadium.
“Our team plays hard. The effort is there, the intensity is there, but sometimes it’s our attention to detail, doing it every single play.”
Watch an East Tennessee State football game these days and you’d swear you’ve seen it all before.
Running back Quay Holmes had a career day, but ETSU lost to Western Carolina in overtime on Saturday, a 23-20 decision that ensured a first-to-worst season.
Saturday’s Southern Conference football game between ETSU and Western Carolina is important to exactly two teams.
East Tennessee State’s offense hasn’t been very efficient this season and that better change if the Bucs are to have any chance against The Citadel on Saturday at Greene Stadium.
East Tennessee State football coach Randy Sanders is channeling his inner Journey while trying to keep his team motivated.