Four Tigers Earn Post Season Accolades, Three to Participate in Senior Showcases
Monday, January 8, 2018
Four Tigers Earn Post Season Accolades, Three to Participate in Senior Showcases

NASHVILLE --- Four Tennessee State football players earned postseason honors. Lane Clark, Chris Collins, Ebenezer “Ebo” Ogundeko and Vincent Sellers were named to various teams for their play in 2017. Ogundeko was also selected to display his skills in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, while Ty Allen and Patrick Smith were also selected to participate in senior showcases.

Clark was selected to the Phil Steele FCS All-America Second Team and the HERO Sports FCS All-America Second Team as a kicker. The senior led the Tigers in scoring with 64 points, converting on 13-of-18 field goals and finishing a perfect 25-of-25 in extra points.

Ogundeko and Collins were both named to the BOXTOROW All-American squad as honorable mention members. Despite being injured on the first play of the third game of the season and missing the next two games as well, Ogundeko was able to produce a strong senior campaign. The defensive end collected 43 tackles, 7.5 for loss totaling 30 yards, and 4.0 sacks.

Collins finished with 97 stops and led the Ohio Valley Conference in tackles per game (8.8) and solos (58). The linebacker ranked 27th in the nation with 5.3 solo tackles per game.

Sellers finished in 15th for the STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award standings for the honor of top freshman in the nation. The safety was also named Honorable Mention to the HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-America Team.

In December, Allen played in the FCS Senior Scout Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Allen started 10 games for the Tigers, seven at right guard and three at center, before missing the final game of the season due to injury.

Smith will participate in the College Gridiron Showcase in Addison, Texas throughout the week of Jan. 6-10, while Ogundeko has accepted a spot to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 20. The game will be played in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. and can be seen on FS1.

Lane Clark
Phil Steele FCS All-America Second Team
HERO Sports FCS All-America Second Team

Chris Collins
BOXTOROW All-American Honorable Mention

Ebo Ogundeko
BOXTOROW All-American Honorable Mention
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Vincent Sellers
15th – STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award
HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-America Team Honorable Mention

Ty Allen
FCS Senior Scout Bowl

Patrick Smith
College Gridiron Showcase

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