Messenger Sports Briefs for September 6

Messenger Sports Briefs for September 6

Jacksonville State
honored by OVC

The Jacksonville State 1-2 punch that knocked out Ole Miss also gained awards from the Ohio Valley Conference.
The quarterback tandem of Marquis Ivory and Coty Blanchard, which led the Gamecocks to a 49-48 double-overtime win at Ole Miss, also shared the league’s Player of the Week award.
It was the first win for an OVC team over a Southeastern Conference school since the OVC was formed in 1948.
Ivory was 13-for-23 for 126 and two touchdowns while Blanchard — a freshman who also was named the OVC Newcomer of the Week — was 9-for-13 for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
On defense, Jackson-ville State linebacker Rodney Garrott claimed the OVC’s top defender honors for the opening week of the college football season.
Tennessee State kick returner Rayshawn Wea-therspoon, who made a return of 89 yards for a touchdown to spark his team in its 27-14 victory over Alabama A&M, was the lone player not on the Jacksonville State roster to receive recognition.
Weatherspoon was named the league’s Specialist of the Week for his efforts.

Titans add LB pair
with waiver claims

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have added two linebackers to the 53-man roster after being awarded waiver claims on the players.
Former Chicago Bears linebacker Tim Shaw and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Patrick Bailey will join the Titans’ defensive unit.
Shaw set a Bears record with 30 special teams tackles in 2009. Bailey played in all 16 games for the Steelers in 2009.
To make room on the roster, the Titans have released linebacker and 2008 draft pick Stanford Keglar along with free agent running back LeGarrette Blount from Oregon.

SEC men’s tourney
to frequent Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has agreed to bring the men’s basketball tournament to Nashville three more times this decade, making Music City home to four events through 2019.
The league announced the multi-year agreement Friday.
The SEC men’s tournament already had been scheduled to be played at Bridgestone Arena in 2013, and now the event will be in Nashville in 2015, 2016 and 2019.
Commissioner Mike Slive says they are excited about this relationship with Nashville in a town that provides SEC fans and teams a great postseason experience. The tournament averaged 17,441 fans in Nashville in March.
The SEC has yet to award the tournament for 2017 and 2018. The tournament will be in Atlanta in 2011 and 2014 an dNew Orleans in 2012.

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