3 Chris Rowland Tennessee State Wide Receiver ( Photos Courtesy of Tennessee State Athletics)

Members of the 2019 TAJ-Talented 10th  Black College All-American Team.

TAJ Talented 10th 2019 Black College All American Football Team -Offense-
TAJ Talented 10th 2019 Black College All American Football Team -Defense-


During the month of February, (Black History Month) members of the All-American team will be featured on the UrbanmediaToday.com website daily. Today we put the spot light on:

Tennessee State’s Chris Rowland: (Wide Receiver)

#3  Senior 
5’8″  180lbs
Nolensville, Tennessee
(Ravenwood High School) 

#1 in Black College Football receiving yards (1,437)
#3 in FCS Football receiving yards(1,437)
#2 in FCS Football All Purpose Yards (2,110)
#1 in Black College Football All Purpose Yards  (2,110)

The shining light in a disappointing season for Coach Rod Reed and his Tennessee State Tigers  was  OVC  Player of the Year Chris Rowland  on the field catching passes and returning kicks for the Red,White and Blue. The Tigers finished the year with only 3 wins against 9 losses; but you would not know their record watching #3 blaze by defenders eating up yardage like each yard was part of a three course meal.  Rowland finished his senior year in the tiger blue with 104 receptions for 1,437 yards and 8 touchdowns; But that is only part of his story.


“Skywalker” a  young man from Nolensville, Tennessee also ran the ball from scrimmage as well as returned punts and Kick offs. Rowland had nine games this season in which he went over 100 yards receiving. The highlight of the season had to be 202 yard reception performance in the Tigers 45-26 loss to Middle Tennessee State. In that contest Rowland set a new career high with only 11 catches averaging 18.4 yards per reception. The fleet footed wide out also made two trips to the end zone on scoring plays of 60 and 96 yards.


The Tiger wide out was also impressive this season in 11 games returning Punts  14 times for a total of 166 yards  and 1 touchdown. He also returned 15 Kick offs  for a total of 375 yards and a TD. One would think the young cat was finished there; but he also carried the ball 19 times this past season  for 132 yards and scored yet another touchdown. Keep up with me that means that Rowland scored a touchdown from four different positions ( Wide Out,Running Back, Kick Return and Punt Return).Not to mention Rowland also finished his career at Tennessee State becoming only the second player in Ohio Valley Conference history to amass 100 receptions in a season. Rowlands 104 receptions are the most by any HBCU player in FCS History.


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