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2014 Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle Football News

October 23, 2014
GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Golden Eagles look to knock off another ranked opponent
The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle football team will journey to Alabama Saturday, looking to knock off a second consecutive ranked opponent when they visit No. 7 Jacksonville State for a 3 p.m. OVC contest.

October 21, 2014
More national honors for Marty Jones, plus recognition for Vanlier and Rudwall
Tennessee Tech safety Marty Jones has been named the National Defensive Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA), Ladarius Vanlier the National Punt Returner of the Week and an honorable mention nod goes to linebacker Jay Rudwall.

October 20, 2014
NATIONAL HONORS: Marty Jones named by two services as FCS National Player of the Week
Tennessee Tech senior safety Marty Jones was named Monday as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week by both The Sports Network and College Sporting News.

October 19, 2014
Stone, Jones and Vanlier earn weekly honors from OVC
Three Tennessee Tech players earned honors from the OVC Sunday: Darian Stone was named the OVC Offensive Player of the Week, Marty Jones captured the league’s Defensive Player of the Week honor, and Ladarius Vanlier was voted the Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season.

October 18, 2014
Huge fourth quarter, key plays lift Tech to 39-31 win over No. 12 Eastern Kentucky
Trailing by 21 points entering the fourth quarter, Tennessee Tech outscored No. 12 Eastern Kentucky 29-0 over the final stanza to grab a shocking, 39-31 victory over the Colonels. Ladarius Vanlier accounted for 264 all-purpose yards and two scores, Brock McCoin caught two fourth quarter TDs, and Marty Jones tied an OVC record with four interceptions.

October 15, 2014
GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Blackout III set as Golden Eagles host No. 12 EKU Colonels
Tennessee Tech hosts 12th ranked Eastern Kentucky University Saturday night in a game to be aired by ESPN3 from Tucker Stadium.

October 14, 2014
Golden Eagle Blackout III set for Saturday's game with No. 12 Eastern Kentucky
Tennessee Tech will host Golden Eagle Blackout III Saturday night when coach Watson Brown’s team hosts No. 12 Eastern Kentucky in Tucker Stadium. Fans are encouraged to wear black, and the first 2,500 fans receive free t-shirts.

October 13, 2014
First of two ESPN3 productions at Tucker Stadium Saturday when Tech hosts No. 12 Colonels
Saturday's Ohio Valley Conference game between Tennessee Tech and the twelfth-ranked Eastern Kentucky Colonels will be aired by ESPN3, the first of two productions this year in Tucker Stadium by the worldwide leader in sports.

October 9, 2014
Four Golden Eagle players earn weekly FCS honors from USA Football
John Arnold, Austin Tallant, Trey Thompson, and Ladarius Vanlier have each received a weekly FCS honor from USA Football for their part in Tennessee Tech's 30-27 victory last Saturday night over Murray State. The four will be in action again Thursday night at UT Martin.

October 9, 2014
Two-hour weather delay overshadows tough, 17-10 loss at UT Martin
MARTIN, Tenn. – Just when the Tennessee Tech offense seemed destined to find the endzone for the first time of the night, the skies broke wide open, all but ending any chance the Golden Eagle football team had for a come-from-behind victory against the UT Martin Skyhawks Thursday evening.

October 7, 2014
GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Golden Eagles take flight to face UT Martin Skyhawks
Tennessee Tech takes flight for a Thursday night OVC contest at UT Martin. Tech looks to continue its success from an overtime win last weekend while the Skyhawks are in search of their first conference win of the season.

October 7, 2014
Arnold, King and Vanlier receive nods from College Football Performance Awards
Ladarius Vanlier has been selected the National Kickoff Returner of the Week, while placekicker John Arnold and punter Jonathan King received CFPA Honorable Mentions for their roles last week in Tech's thrilling win over Murray State.

October 5, 2014
Arnold, Thompson voted OVC Players of the Week after overtime victory
Kicker John Arnold and linebacker Trey Thompson, both redshirt freshmen for Tennessee Tech, have been selected winners of two of the league's four Player of the Week honors for their huge roles in the 30-27 Golden Eagle overtime victory Saturday.

October 4, 2014
Clutch plays, Arnold kick lead Tech to overtime victory over Murray State
Big plays when they were needed most, plus a gutsy performance by redshirt freshman John Arnold, proved to be just enough for the Tennessee Tech football team Saturday evening, as the Golden Eagles (2-3, 1-1) took down Ohio Valley Conference rival Murray State (1-4, 0-2), 30-27, in overtime at Tucker Stadium.

September 30, 2014
GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Fans can welcome Golden Eagles back home after five weeks
Tennessee Tech will host its oldest, longest-running rival when Murray State visits for the 80th game in the series. It's Tech's first home contest since the Aug. 28 opener.

September 27, 2014
No. 10 Northern Iowa defends home turf, tops Golden Eagles 50-7
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Tenth-ranked FCS powerhouse Northern Iowa took care of business Saturday, defending its home field inside the UNI-Dome and handing Tennessee Tech a 50-7 non-conference loss.

September 25, 2014
TTU Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 to include five inductees
Five former student-athletes who stamped their marks on five different Golden Eagle programs will be enshrined into the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame in November as the school honors its athletic legacy with the 40th annual induction ceremony.

September 25, 2014
GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Third straight road tilt takes Golden Eagles to No. 10 UNI
Tennessee Tech ventures out on the road for the third consecutive game Saturday with a contest at FCS No. 10 Northern Iowa, a game that will be played indoors in the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

September 23, 2014
Golden Eagle set to launch Thursday as pilot of International Space Station
Former Tennessee Tech football star Barry Wilmore, now known for his career as a NASA astronaut, is set to launch Thursday to serve as commander of the International Space Station.

September 20, 2014
Brilliant defensive effort not enough as TSU claims narrow win in York Trophy and OVC opener
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech defense posted one of the most impressive games in school history, but the Golden Eagles were shut down on offense in a 10-7 loss to Tennessee State Saturday afternoon.

September 17, 2014
GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Following bye week, Golden Eagles rested and ready for OVC opener at Tennessee State
With the open date on their schedule falling last weekend, the Tennessee Tech football team appears to be rested and ready to jump back into action Saturday when the Golden Eagles visit Hale Stadium to challenge the 20th ranked Tennessee State Tigers.

September 14, 2014
New tradition in TTU football begins with addition of majestic Golden Eagle figure
You simply have to admire the pageantry of college football. A sport so steeped in ritual, rich with school and community pride while so eloquently tying the knot with tradition every weekend in the fall.

September 7, 2014
Vanlier voted OVC Special Teams Player of the Week
Tennessee Tech junior Ladarius Vanlier accounted for 200 all-purpose yards against Indiana State, and was voted Sunday as the Ohio Valley Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

September 6, 2014
Tech takes tough tumble in first road contest as Indiana State prevails
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Indiana State took advantage of some early mistakes by Tennessee Tech to build an early lead, and finished the afternoon with a 49-14 non-conference victory over the Golden Eagles Saturday in Tech's first road test of 2014.

September 5, 2014
Watson Brown, Athletics to host weekly Insiders' Lunch beginning Monday
Fans of Tech football who would like to get “inside” the Golden Eagle program each week with head coach Watson Brown are invited as he hosts a weekly Football Insiders’ Lunch each Monday during the 2014 season.

September 3, 2014
GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Golden Eagles face first road test with trip to Indiana State
Tennessee Tech The Golden Eagles face their first road game, and the first of 11 consecutive FCS opponents, with a rematch against Indiana State on Saturday afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind. It’s only the second meeting for these two teams, who waged an exciting battle a year ago in Tech’s Tucker Stadium.

September 3, 2014
NOW SHOWING: Catch this week's episode of The Watson Brown Show
This week's episode of The Watson Brown Show is now available for viewing, on the Internet or via numerous television outlets around the region.

August 28, 2014
Golden Eagles open 2014 season with 33-7 victory over Kentucky Christian
Jared Davis threw for two touchdowns, Darian Stone caught a scoring pass and rushed for another score, and the Tennessee Tech defense held visiting Kentucky Christian scoreless until the final minute as the Golden Eagles (1-0) opened the 2014 season with a 33-7 victory over the Knights (0-1) Thursday night in front of 10,597 fans in Tucker Stadium.

August 26, 2014
Communiversity Night a strong link between town and Golden Eagles
Community leaders and business persons heard from Tennessee Tech football coach Watson Brown and Director of Athletics Mark Wilson Tuesday morning. Communiversity Night is Thursday when Tech opens the season in Tucker Stadium.

August 26, 2014
GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Golden Eagles host Kentucky Christian to open 2014 season
Tennessee Tech welcomes Kentucky Christian, along with the TTU Class of 2018 for the Running of the Freshmen, into Tucker Stadium Thursday for the 2014 Golden Eagle season opener at 7 p.m. The Tailgate Park opens at 4 p.m., and the Golden Eagle Walk is at 4:45 p.m.

August 26, 2014
First Tennessee Bank Poster Night is Thursday at Tucker Stadium
First Tennessee Bank will sponsor its annual Football Poster Night Thursday when Tennessee Tech hosts Kentucky Christian University in Tucker Stadium in the 2014 season opener.

August 25, 2014
Largest single gift to Tennessee Tech Athletics creates endowment for Football Operations
The Tennessee Tech Athletics Department has received its largest gift ever, which will fund the Samuel Hugh Jones Football Endowment. It was provided through Mary Ann Fox Jones of Chester, Va., who passed away recently.

August 25, 2014
Watson Brown earns contract extension through 2019 season
Watson Brown, currently in his eighth season as the head football coach at Tennessee Tech University, has been given a contract extension that will keep the Cookeville native at the program's helm through the 2019 season.

August 25, 2014
Watson Brown Show returns on WCTE, OVC Digital Network and more
The all-new Watson Brown Show, presented by IWC Cash & Carry, returns in 2014 beginning with the preseason show this week. The show will air Wednesdays at 5 p.m. on WCTE TV, and be available on other outlets such as the OVC Digital Network.

August 21, 2014
Marty Jones heads into sixth season while working toward third college degree
Marty Jones heads into his sixth season on the Golden Eagle football roster. He already has two degrees from Tennessee Tech and is working toward completion of a third.

August 19, 2014
Delta Dental of Tennessee to sponsor OVC's Sgt. York Trophy
Delta Dental of Tennessee has been named the presenting sponsor of this year's OVC Sergeant York Trophy, which goes to the winner of the quadrangular season football series between the four Ohio Valley Conference football-playing schools located in the state of Tennessee.

August 16, 2014
Fans treated to another outstanding show from Golden Eagles in Saturday scrimmage
Several players made big plays as Tennessee Tech treated fans to nearly 600 yards of offense Saturday at the team's second scrimmage of fall camp, part of the annual Gathering of Eagles in Tucker Stadium.

August 14, 2014
Tech to deliver season tickets Tuesday in 60 minutes ....or they are free
Tennessee Tech Athletics is adding a new twist to its season ticket sales -- but this special offer is available next Tuesday only. Athletics staff will deliver season tickets within the city limits in 60 minutes or less -- or the tickets are FREE.

August 13, 2014
Camp Notebook: Three players in the mix at critical defensive end spot
Juniors Harrison Reid and Avery Rollins, and sophomore Jordan Patrick, are in the hunt for playing time at Tech's defensive end position, where each hopes to step into the void left by the departure of Malcolm Mitchell.

August 12, 2014
Eight defensive, three offensive named preseason all-OVC by College Sports Madness
Eleven Golden Eagle players are included on the College Sports Madness preseason all-OVC team, including eight on defense and three on offense.

August 12, 2014
Family Plan option: Tickets to see Golden Eagles for just $2.50 each
Season tickets for Tennessee Tech football are on sale, and the best deal around is the Family Plan. The cost is just $2.50 per ticket for the six Golden Eagle home games in Tucker Stadium.

August 9, 2014
Camp Notebook: First-team offense, first-team defense impressive in first scrimmage
The first-team offense was absolutely clicking during the Golden Eagles first official scrimmage Saturday morning, scoring on four consecutive drives behind the arm of quarterback Jared Davis.

August 8, 2014
Vanlier named to CFPA preseason Watch List of top FCS returnees
Tennessee Tech junior return specialist Ladarius Vanlier has earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA Punt Returner Award Watch List, as announced by College Football Performance Award.

August 7, 2014
Camp Notebook: Developing players, improving systems focus of camp
With the season opening game exactly three weeks away, the Tennessee Tech football team continued its fall camp Thursday with an ongoing emphasis on developing the new offensive scheme and locking the defense into it's role.

August 6, 2014
Camp Notebook: Full pads highlight fifth practice of fall season
The Tennessee Tech football team donned full pads for the first time of the fall Wednesday morning, providing the ability for the offense and defense to hit each other with very few limits.

August 5, 2014
Camp Notebook: Second day with shoulder pads brings some hitting, more focus
Tuesday was Tennessee Tech's second day on the field in shoulder pads and helmets, and the Golden Eagles did a little bit of hitting during their position drills.

August 4, 2014
Camp Notebook: Day three features shoulder pads, full offense versus defense drills
Shoulder pads were added to the mix for the Tennessee Tech football team Monday morning, as the Golden Eagle squad continued to make progress towards its first live scrimmage of the season on Saturday, Aug. 9.

August 3, 2014
Camp Notebook: Second day includes focus on punt game, O-line help from Omiyale
NFL veteran and former Golden Eagle All-American offensive tackle Frank Omiyale was on the field Sunday with the team, spending some time providing tips to Tennessee Tech's offensive linemen as the team went through its second day of 2014 fall camp.

August 2, 2014
Camp Notebook: Camp underway with Photo Day, team's first practice session
The Tennessee Tech football squad got its 2014 fall camp underway Saturday, beginning with the annual Photo Day on Overall Field and ending with the team's first practice session in Tucker Stadium.

August 1, 2014
Women's Clinic, Kid's Zone featured in annual Gathering of Eagles
Football fans are invited to get a glimpse of the future and enjoy a day of tailgate-style activities when Tennessee Tech hosts the annual Gathering of Eagles on Saturday, Aug. 16.

July 31, 2014
Two Golden Eagles named as preseason All-America by USA Football
Tennessee Tech football seniors Tra'Darius Goff and Marty Jones have been named Preseason All-Americans by USA College Football. Goff was named second-team, while Jones was listed on the third-team.

July 30, 2014
Golden Eagles open fall camp this weekend; Photo Day Saturday morning
A new season in Tennessee Tech football will officially get underway this weekend when coach Watson Brown welcomes players to open Fall Camp. Players report Friday and activities on the field begin Saturday with the team's annual Photo Day, which is open to the public.

July 23, 2014
Tech adds USF transfer Willie Davis to backfield for 2014 season
The Tennessee Tech offense just added another dimension with the transfer of runningback Willie Davis, a product of Stephenson High School in Lithonia, Ga., who was the third-leading rusher last year as a sophomore for the University of South Florida Bulls.

July 21, 2014
Golden Eagles picked seventh in OVC poll; Two named preseason all-OVC
Seniors Marty Jones and Tra'Darius Goff have been named preseason all-OVC and Tennessee Tech is tabbed for seventh place in the annual conference poll, all announced Monday at the annual OVC Media Day in Nashville.

July 20, 2014
Annual Football Photo Day set for Saturday, Aug. 2 in Tucker Stadium
Fans, families and friends are invited to Tucker Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 2, for the football team’s annual Photo Day, which will take place on Overall Field from 10-11:30 a.m.

July 12, 2014
Different decades represented at Annual TTU Football Alumni Golf Classic
Football coach Watson Brown and his staff welcomed several dozen former Golden Eagle players back to town Friday and Saturday for the annual Tennessee Tech Football Alumni Golf Classic, held at Cookeville Golf Club. Players from several decades of Tech football were on hand for the event, which culminated in a barbecue dinner.

July 7, 2014
Golden Eagle football program honored for posting highest APR in OVC
The Tennessee Tech football program was recognized recently for posting the highest Academic Progress Rate (APR) among the Ohio Valley Conference football teams.

July 1, 2014
Five of Tech's 2014 opponents ranked in preseason Top 25 FCS polls
Tennessee Tech's football schedule in 2014 is a difficult road, but just how tough? Pretty challenging, according to htose in the know. Heading into the season, five of the Golden Eagles' 11 FCS foes are ranked in the Top 25 in a variety of polls and publications.