Tennessee State might want to consider changing it's name to the University of Florida North given the look the Tigers' roster has taken on this season. And it's paying off in a big way.
There are 27 Florida players at the Nashville school, which lost for the first time in eight games this past Saturday in a 31-28 thriller against Jacksonville State.
Quarterback Michael German and running back Trabis Ward lead the way for the Tigers, who play in the Football Championship Series Ohio Valley Conference (Division I-AA).
German, of Pompano Beach Ely, has thrown for 1,829 yards and 12 touchdowns on 140-of-233 passing, with seven picks.
Trabis, of Fort Lauderdale Dillard, has 1,076 yards rushing in eight games, with 14 touchdowns, while fellow Floridian RB Telvin Hooks, a New Smyrna Beach product, has 398 yards and two touchdowns.
The top two receivers are also from Florida, including University of Florida transfer A.C. Leonard, a 6-4, 245-pound tight end out of Jacksonville University Christian. Leonard is second on the team with 29 catches for 426 yards and three touchdowns, while Fort Lauderdale Boyd Anderson product Travis James, a redshirt senior, leads the way with 36 catches for 482 yards and three TDs.
On defense, Miami Booker T. Washington product DB David Van Dyke (6-0, 185), a redshirt junior, is second in tackles with 39, and Cross City Dixie County DB Steven Godbolt III (6-1, 185), a redshirt sophomore is fourth with 37 tackles.
Central Florida is well represented on the Tigers' roster with seven players: Hooks, redshirt freshman DB Chris Robinson (5-9, 161) of Lake Mary, junior OL Kadeem Edwards (6-4, 290) of Sanford Seminole, junior FB Vernon Frett (5-11, 250) of Winter Garden West Orange, freshman DE Marquaveus Jackson (6-4, 250) of Daytona Beach Seabreeze, redshirt sophomore DB Joe Johson (5-11, 180) of New Smyrna Beach, freshman LB Jarvis Mott (5-11, 225) of Daytona Beach Mainland, redshirt sophomore Je-Marc Sears (6-3, 230) of New Smyrna Beach,
Robinson, a transfer from Kansas, leads the local contingent on defense with eight tackles, and Jackson has four, including a sack.
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