COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – As Tennessee Tech football wrapped up the annual Gathering of Eagles event, the last official scrimmage of fall camp, the countdown to August 31 is now officially on.
Saturday wasn't the greatest showcase of the Golden Eagles' ability as the fatigue of camp, the sweltering summer heat and a busy day of events played their roles, but it wasn't the worst effort either as there were plenty of highlights.
That said, there were several procedural penalties that cropped up and stalled drives as the Tech offense was handcuffed a few times from putting more points on the board. The Golden Eagle defense also played its part, creating a goal-line stop and forcing a couple of big turnovers to keep the offense at bay.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Fans of all ages are invited to come out to Tucker Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 17, for the 2019 Gathering of Eagles as Tennessee Tech Football’s fall camp continues.
It all kicks off at 11 a.m. to Noon as the team hosts its kids’ clinic. Kids can learn the basics from Tech coaches and football players.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – If Tennessee Tech head coach Dewayne Alexander’s call to get better every day continues to be heeded, come August 31 as the Golden Eagles host Samford, the memories of the 2018 campaign could be a distant memory.
While it wasn’t a perfect scrimmage Saturday night at Tucker Stadium – and no first scrimmage is -- there were still plenty of highlights and reasons to be excited about the Golden Eagles’ progress.
It did take a full offensive rotation for the Golden Eagle attackers to put points on the unofficial scoreboard, but when quarterback Bailey Fisher and the first-team offense got going, the unit looked solid. The first score came as David Gist III was able to evade the top-line defense and break loose for a 72-yard touchdown run, the longest offensive play of the night.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It’s always a different feel when the pads come out at fall camp. Sure, there’s been plenty of work done through the first four days of workouts, but on Tuesday, when the Tennessee Tech football team strapped in for the first time this fall, things just seemed to be ramped up a bit.
“This is one of those tough, physical weeks,” said Golden Eagle head coach Dewayne Alexander. “We had a full padded practice today, we’ll have another one tomorrow, another one on Friday, then scrimmage on Saturday night. This right here is where you really want to see the new faces, the new guys, as to how they’re responding to contact.
“The first few days were good for them when they were in shorts and helmets, but then it becomes the physical aspect of it. We got to see some of that today.”
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Not able to attend the Tennessee Tech football games in person? Now you’ll have the Golden Eagles at your fingertips as every single Golden Eagle football home game and select road contests will be broadcast this season on ESPN+.
Through the Ohio Valley Conference’s partnership with ESPN, every conference contest will be available through the network’s streaming platform, making ESPN+ the exclusive video broadcast home of the Golden Eagles.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This time last year, Bailey Fisher was a true freshman. Sure, he had the opportunity as an early enrollee to go through spring practice with the Tennessee Tech football team and got a bit of a jump start, but it was a transition nonetheless.
Now, with a season as the Golden Eagles’ starting quarterback under his belt, Fisher is now focused on year two.
“I’m feeling pretty good about it,” Fisher said. “We put in a lot of work during the offseason. We’ve gotten better up front. I really feel like we’ve addressed our needs at running back and at receiver. We’ve added a lot of depth. The tight ends have been putting in a lot of work. With all the effort around the field, I feel pretty confident about this season.
“We all know that it isn’t going to happen overnight. It’s a process, but we’re working day-in, day-out to get better, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech senior defensive back Shannon Fayne knows the twilight of his collegiate career is drawing close. In his fourth season with the Golden Eagles, he’s seen highlights and low points, but now he aims to close out his career by building not just a legacy, but also a blueprint for future success for Tech football.
And to do that, the senior from Nashville, Tenn., knows he has to help his team find ways to put notches in the win column.
“We want to win,” Fayne said. “We, as a senior class, want to see just what we can leave behind for our teammates. You always want to leave a place better than you found it and that’s our biggest goal, to set the stage and set it off from there.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ninth place. It certainly wasn’t the place the Tennessee Tech football team wanted to be in the Ohio Valley Conference preseason polls as they were announced on Monday as part of the league’s Football Media Day.
That said, head coach Dewayne Alexander and his players present – sophomore quarterback Bailey Fisher and senior defensive back Shannon Fayne – understood why, but stood determined to prove the naysayers wrong.
It’s a new season and the process is still in the early phases, but Alexander was firm in that there are so many who have invested into the Tennessee Tech program and they were all set to produce dividends.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – As the Ohio Valley Conference released its ESPN3 Game of the Week package on Thursday, Tennessee Tech Football will get a game in the spotlight.
The Golden Eagles will appear in the first game of the eight-game set on September 28 at Eastern Illinois. The game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.
Kevin Ingram, one of the personalities on Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone, will serve as the play-by-play commentator, while Bob Belvin, on-air talent and contributor at ESPN Clarksville, will be the color analyst.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Spaces are filling up for the 2019 Tennessee Tech Football Alumni Reunion Weekend and Golf Classic, held July 12 and 13 at Golden Eagle Golf Club.
The event kicks off with tours around the facilities on campus, led by Tech head coach Dewayne Alexander, from noon until 4 p.m. on Friday, July 12, followed by the Tony Stone BBQ Dinner on Friday night at the GEGC. Several members of the Golden Eagle football team will be on hand to meet everyone and talk about the team.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- As the Tennessee Tech football alumni converge back on Cookeville this weekend for the annual Tech Football Alumni Golf Classic, starting Friday at the Golden Eagle Golf Club, there will be many old war stories and legends passed around the clubhouse and on the course.
During last year's event, several interviews were conducted with a few of the alumni by Brian Kazaks from the Tech Athletics Video Production unit for air during the Dewayne Alexander Show.
With the event coming up this weekend, these interviews are being presented once again.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Youth football players in grades 9 through 12 can come be a part of the Dewayne Alexander Elite Football Camps as it hosts two sessions on May 30 and June 6, under the lights from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
The cost for each camp is $60, which includes a T-shirt. Walk-up registration is accepted, but pre-registration is recommended to speed up the check-in process.
The camp provides detailed, individual teaching and instruction; position-specific technique improvement; speed, quickness and agility enhancement; and introduction to drill work that can be used through the season and beyond.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The lights beamed down on the stage standing on Nashville’s riverfront. As Anthony Akers stood there, the neon lights of Broadway and the Nashville skyline greeted him.
As he made his way across the stage, the Tennessee Tech senior followed the predetermined path – handshake and hug from National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell – or, in this case, his dress rehearsal stand-in – held up the jersey and basked in the moment.
While he wasn’t one of the players that was being drafted over the course of the weekend, Akers played a vital role in the 2019 NFL Draft, helping event organizers put on a show that thrilled football fans across the country.
His effort wasn’t out of a class assignment or an internship – he sought it out.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Every season, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announces new members of its Hampshire Honor Society, recognizing college football players from all divisions who have maintained a cumulative 3.2 grade point average or better through their collegiate careers.
On Wednesday, as the NFF released its annual list, Tennessee Tech saw three members among its ranks as Alex Carling, Josh Poplar and Jake Warwick were all selected to the 2019 roster.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – If one listened to Tennessee Tech head coach Dewayne Alexander talk to his Golden Eagle players following Friday’s Spring Game at Tucker Stadium, they heard the veteran coach explain why the windshield was larger than the rear view mirror.
To keep focused on what’s ahead more than what’s behind. After back-to-back 1-10 seasons and the transition from a coaching change, the focus is on the future of the Tech football program, and that’s what the 2019 spring practices were about.
With the 15 sessions in the books, the inherent focus was to get the team ready to improve on what they started in the 2018 campaign and try to bring the Tech football program back to good graces.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – With rain in the forecast over the next couple of days and potential field conditions, Tennessee Tech Football has moved its annual Spring Game on Friday to Tucker Stadium.
The event will remain at the scheduled 6:30 p.m. time. All other events – post-game gathering at John’s Place and the Saturday Letterman’s Breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Athletic Performance Center – will continue as scheduled.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – With just under a week remaining in Tennessee Tech football’s 2019 spring practices, the Golden Eagles may be hitting the home stretch, but the course work got a lot more complicated.
During Saturday’s scrimmage at Tucker Stadium, Tech went more down-and-distance in its work than in last week’s slate, but while there were some tempers flared and fatigue rearing its head, the Golden Eagles still found plenty to be happy about.
“Last week we had a set number of plays we were trying to do with each personnel group,” said Tech head coach Dewayne Alexander. “This week, we played it truly more like a game. We went 1st-and-10 and if you got three downs, we’re going to be off the field – and that’s where more procedural things and officials show up.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- With the threat of afternoon thunderstorms, Tennessee Tech football's scheduled scrimmage on Saturday will be moved up to 11 a.m. with drills, followed by the scrimmage work at approximately 11:25 a.m. The scrimmage is open to the public.
UPDATE: With inclement weather expected to add water on the field, the Spring Game has been moved to Tucker Stadium.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – As the Tennessee Tech football team heads down the home stretch of its 2019 spring practice schedule, the end of the tunnel is in sight as the team’s Spring Game is just a week away.
The Golden Eagles will host the end-of-spring-practice event on Friday night, starting at 6:30 p.m. on the grass practice field adjacent to the Hooper Eblen Center and the Tech Soccer Field.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It’s the midway point of Tennessee Tech football’s 2019 spring practice and as the team hosted its first scrimmage of the spring, there were definitely signs of improvement.
Through the two-hour session on Saturday from Tucker Stadium, it looked like a midsummer scrimmage as if the team was getting set for the new season rather than being months away.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The looks on the faces of the Tennessee Tech football team on Tuesday morning said it all.
They were excited to be out there on the Tucker Stadium turf, starting their second spring practice schedule under the direction of head coach Dewayne Alexander.
There were smiles and yells of support and recognition. The team was building itself up by building up one another.
COOL SPRINGS, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech linebacker Josh Poplar stood at the podium and told his story Wednesday night.
With everything he has gone through, including his stroke before the start of the 2017 season, then working his way back to playing one more season of football, the Knoxville native was the definition of courage.
So it was no surprise to see Poplar earn the 2019 Bonnie Sloan Courage Award at Wednesday’s Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation banquet at the Cool Springs Marriott.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Class is about to be back in session.
With the recruiting season in the books, the Tennessee Tech football team will hit the turf at Tucker Stadium for its annual spring practice, starting on March 12 and running through April 5th and 6th with the Spring Game and Letterman’s Breakfast.
And while this begins the second spring practice for head coach Dewayne Alexander and his staff with the Golden Eagles, this one is just as important.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – In recent history, Tennessee Tech has had a run of great receivers. Now the Golden Eagles have a new guy in charge of the wideouts as Kelsey Pope joined the Tech football staff on Wednesday, aiming to forge the next generation of Golden Eagle receivers.
“He’s a great addition to our staff,” said Tech head coach Dewayne Alexander. “We’re very fortunate to have Kelsey join our staff. When Coach (Adam) Mims left to join the staff at Chattanooga, we were looking for someone who was a great Xs and Os coach and could really relate to our players. We wanted someone who could fit in with our staff and understands (Football Championship Subdivision) football. We wanted someone who understood our R-250 blueprint. It’s all very important.”
Alexander continued, “Kelsey brings us great knowledge of the Birmingham area and Atlanta area, and those are two huge areas for us. Coach Mims recruited those areas, so there were just a lot of things that made Kelsey a great fit here. Just about every box that you looked to check, he had every one. He came highly recommended by people I know and trust in this profession. I really like his character. I like him as a person. I like his enthusiasm, and that’s a position where we really need someone who’s going to connect to these guys and bring energy to practice every day.”
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech football team will see three evening games and three daytime games in the confines of Tucker Stadium in the 2019 season as the program announced its start times Sunday.
Tech opens the 2019 home slate on August 31 with a visit from former Ohio Valley Conference foe Samford for a 6 p.m. game. The Golden Eagles are 10-12 all-time against the Bulldogs, with Tech falling 59-52 at home against Samford in their last meeting on Oct. 27, 2007.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – With HERO Sports announcing its Football Championship Subdivision rankings on signing classes and signees, there are also a few other members of the Tennessee Tech 2019 football signing class that has also garnered some recognition of their own.
Kail Dava and Taylor Burns, Tech’s Canadian signees are both among the top 20 of Canadian Football Chat’s CFC100 rankings with Dava taking the No. 12 spot and Burns at No. 16.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech football coaches already knew the 2019 signing class was a special one as they inked 26 players in December and last week.
But the staff got some justification on Monday just how special the signing class is as HERO Sports ranked Tech’s class as the second best in the Ohio Valley Conference with the 32nd best class in the Football Championship Subdivision and three signees among the top 300 ranked.
“That’s huge for this program,” said Tech head coach Dewayne Alexander. “I think it reiterates that people believe in what we’re doing. We have good relationships with our coaches – we didn’t really have to establish them, we already had them. We have good relationships with what we call the ‘R-250,’ the 250-mile radius that our university recognizes.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech football team already had a haul of a signing class back in December, but, on Wednesday, the Golden Eagles bolstered their ranks even further, adding more student-athletes to the signing class of 2019.
The Tech football team will host an event tonight at the Hooper Eblen Center’s Eagles Nest, starting at 5:30 p.m., as head coach Dewayne Alexander introduces the signing class of 2019.
Wednesday’s signees included:
Join us next Wednesday, February 6, when Tennessee Tech head football coach Dewayne Alexander unveils his latest recruiting class for the upcoming 2019 season. We are excited to welcome you to the Eagles Nest, located in the Hooper Eblen Center, at 5:30 p.m., for a first-look at the newest members of the Golden Eagle Football family. Season tickets are now available and applications will be available at the event.
For ticket information, call (931) 372-3940, visit the Hooper Eblen Center ticket office or visit TTUsports.com.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – As the teams announced their final rosters on Wednesday for the inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football, there is some Tennessee Tech representation in the league.
Dontez Byrd, who finished his two-year career as a Golden Eagle rewriting Tech’s receiving record book, made it to the final roster for the Memphis Express.
The AAF Express is just the latest professional football venture in Memphis, joining the Memphis Tigers in the 1920s, the Southmen/Grizzlies of the World Football League, the Showboats in the United States Football League, the Mad Dogs in the Canadian Football League and the Maniax in the XFL’s first incarnation. Memphis also hosted the Tennessee Oilers in a transition year in 1997 en route to their relocation to Nashville and rebranding as the Tennessee Titans. Memphis also hosted Arena League teams in the Pharaohs and the Xplorers in the af2 brand.