SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It was a windy Friday night at T.A. Wright Stadium as Savannah State held their annual spring football game.
It was Coach Shawn Quinn’s first game as head coach. Fans, students, and fellow student-athletes gathered to welcome him in style. One thing he mentioned at his introductory press conference a few weeks ago was wanting to change the culture around the football program.
They’re also unveiling another new tradition on campus.
“Every Friday, we encourage everyone to wear Savannah State. We want them to wear it every day, but we’re going to start with Friday’s. All of our student-athletes have it on, as you see out here, but we want people to come out and support," said Opio Mashariki, Savannah State University, Athletic Director. "I’m feeling great. You see everybody today. It’s Tiger Friday. We all wear our SSU, you know, gear. We want to represent the logo. We want to represent who we are as a team so everybody is out. Everybody is out here in Savannah State gear; orange and blue, so it feels good to see this. It feels real good.”
Quinn said his new offense he is installing still has a ways to go.
“If I was to give you an analogy, we’re pre-teen right now. We’ve got a ways to go before we even get our learners permit, but we’re getting there. We went from being able to crawl, to walk, to run, and now we’re in the car actually driving with supervision, so we’ve got a long way to go, but we’re making a lot of strides. We’ll get there by the time the season starts," Coach Quinn said.
“We need to come out and compete in the first quarter. It don’t need to take us three quarters to start competing with our opponent," said Dorian Metts, SSU, Freshman Wide Receiver.
“Defense won. You can’t be mad at that, you know? We get to eat first," said Desmond Young, SSU, Junior Linebacker.
The fans are looking forward to the upcoming season.
“Oh we’re excited. We’re looking for good things and we know we’re going to get it. If they take the pride that I have, it’s going to be good and it’s going to make Savannah State University even better," said alumnus and fan, Barbara McGhee.