Tigers wrap up fall practice, look ahead to spring season

SSU’s 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19

Tigers wrap up fall practice, look ahead to spring season
Savannah State closed out their fall practice period with an intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday morning. (Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Wednesday’s intrasquad scrimmage didn’t always have the normal feel of a Savannah State game day. Just like the Tigers’ fall practice didn’t always have the normal feel training period.

“It definitely has its days where you wake up and you see a bunch of other teams’ highlights and you think, ‘Man, we should be playing right now,’” says junior linebacker Walter Yates. “Then we have the days where we have a groove and we’re all just out there having fun.”

Wednesday’s scrimmage fell under the latter, as the team ended their fall practice period before heading home for the rest of the fall semester.

Head coach Shawn Quinn says he was pleased with how the team handled the different situation and remained upbeat throughout.

“I sat back at this fall game and just enjoyed watching them compete with each other,” Quinn says. “That’s something we’ve been pushing since day one, and to see it kind of come to fruition with a young bunch is pretty cool.”

After the fall 2020 season was canceled, SSU plans to play some games this spring.
After the fall 2020 season was canceled, SSU plans to play some games this spring. (Source: WTOC)

The team will return in the spring and get back to work. Not just in spring practice, but in some games as well.

SSU has made it known the football team plans to play a few games this spring, as allowed by Division II and The SIAC. Those games and dates haven’t been announced, but Quinn says the deals are close to being done.

“We’re going to try to play some really top-notch people in Division II,” Quinn says. “We just want to see where we’re at in some competitive venues against quote-unquote the elite teams.”

Quinn says a number of the potential opponents will be from the Gulf South Conference, one of the premier conferences in Division II football. The number of games the Tigers will play is still being determined, but Quinn says he plans to have the spring games finished by the end of March to allow the team to recover in time for the Fall 2021 season.

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