2018 football season recap

Written by David Butler and Brandon Aninipot

Coming off a disappointing 2-9 season the previous year, the Tigers arrived in 2018 to avenge themselves and earn a winning record which hasn’t been done in over seven years. Sadly, things didn’t go as planned for the Tigers finish the regular season with a 2-9 record once again, losing 60-14 in the final game against Prairie View A&M. The Tigers only wins were against UT-Permian Basin in the season opener and Mississippi Valley State Univrtsity in our first Homecoming victory in seven seasons. 

Despite only winning two games this season, wide receivers Bobby Hartzog, Jr. and Tren’Davian Dickson lead the SWAC (South Western Athletic Conference in receptions, yards receiving , and touchdownswould lead the SWAC with 56 receptions for 1,020 yards and seven touchdowns through only eight games due to his injury.Dickson would follow his teammate finishing in second place in the SWAC with 46 receptions for 815 yards and six touchdowns through 11 games. Senior running back Brad Woodard would finish the season 13th in the SWAC rushing for 469 yards and four touchdowns. 

Defense didn’t disappoint either. Defensive back Sean Jones and Linebacker Julian Marcantel went third and fourth as the leading tacklers in the SWAC. Jones would finish the season with 58 solo tackles, 40 assist, and 1.5 sacks for a total 98 overall. Marcantel wasn’t far behind finishing with 41 solo tackles, 51 assist, and four interceptions with a total of 92 overall sacks. Defensive back Joshua Murray would also break the top ten defensive leaders in the SWAC finishing fifth with nine pass breakups and one interception. 

After finishing with an 8-25 record through three years as TSU’s head football coach, Michael Haywood resigned from his position on November 27. In less than a full week later, the Tigers were set to introduce Tigerland to a new head football coach, Third Ward native, Clarence McKinney.