Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sophomore quarterback TJ Bell now the go-to guy for Savannah State

SAVANNAH, Georgia -- The news of Savannah State’s upcoming transition to NCAA Division II athletics affected different players different ways.

Sophomore quarterback TJ Bell didn’t waver from his commitment and now the Tigers football program is committed more than ever to the dual-threat performer.

“At the end of the day it’s football, you have to go out and compete,” said Bell at SSU’s football media day Tuesday morning. “Just think positive about any situation.”

The Tigers’ first of 29 football practices begins today at 8:30 a.m., leading up to the Sept. 9 season opener in Boone, N.C., against Appalachian State.

At one time, naming SSU’s starting quarterback for the opener might have been a coin flip. Bell and Blake Dever, both heralded freshmen last season, saw nearly equal playing time during the 2016 season.

But in April, Tiger officials announced a plan to drop athletics from Division I to Division II. SSU’s football program had competed in the Football Championship Subdivision.


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