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The Chicago Football Classic Featuring Jackson State University and Howard University to be Held At Soldier Field On Saturday, September 2.

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CHICAGO--(BW SportsWire)--Sept. 2, 2000

On Saturday, September 2 at 5:30 PM, the Jackson State University Tigers will face the Howard University Bison in the Fourth Annual Chicago Football Classic, sponsored by ESPN RADIO 1000 and the City of Chicago, at Soldier Field. Fans can expect to see an explosive offensive battle featuring Howard University quarterback Bobby Townsend and Jackson State wide receiver Daniel Guy. Last season, Townsend, a 6'6" 230lb senior completed 146 of 339 passes for 2,330 yards and 13 touchdowns. Guy, a 6'2" 193lb senior had 29 receptions for 660 yards and six touchdowns in 1999.

Jackson State, which is the alma mater of the late Walter Payton, had two players drafted in the first round of this year's draft (WR Sylvester Morris-Kansas City Chiefs; and CB Rashard Anderson-Carolina Panthers) and two players drafted in the seventh round (WR Leroy Fields Denver Broncos; DE Eric Chandler-Cleveland Browns); two players signed as free agents (RB Destry Wright Pittsburgh Steelers; and DE Andre Reed-Washington Redskins). Jackson has had one or more players selected in the NFL draft each year since 1963, except the years 1971 and 1995.

The Fourth Annual Chicago Football Classic, which brings together the best football teams of historically black colleges and universities, is present by Deven Entertainment.


Howard University Bison
Location: Washington D.C.
Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)
1999 Record: 5-6
Head Coach: Steve Wilson (Howard `79)
Sports Information Director: Ed Hill 202.806.7182
Chicago Area Players:
#13 Giles Hutchinson, Freshman Defensive Back, Thornwood H.S.


After a season of thrills-a-minute, heart-throbbing losses and exhilarating victories, the 2000 season promises to be very exciting. With the return of several young players who received significant playing time, the Bison hope to build on last season when they finished the season, winning three out of their last four games.

Much of the team's success on offense rides on the talents of senior quarterback Bobby Townsend, who showed accelerated development at the position in his first full season at the helm; and senior running back Jermaine Hutchinson, who scored a career-high 20 touchdowns to rank among the nations leaders in scoring. The offensive line is young and talented, led by senior center Ayodele Harrison and sophomore guard Marques Ogden.

The defense, which forced a whopping 40 turnovers, should be much improved with the maturation of a talented group of young players who received significant playing time and linemen Oby Arah and Damian Walker, linebacker Tracy White and safeties Brian McDonald and Vontrae Long will be All-Americans.


Jackson State University
Location: Jackson, MS
Conference: Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC)
1999 Record: 9-3 (SWAC Eastern division champions)
Head Coach: Robert Hughes (Jackson State `67)
Sports Information Director: Sam Jefferson 601.979.2273
Chicago Area Players:
#62 Chris Hammonds, Junior Offensive Line Chicago
#64 Gary Aikens, Junior Offensive Line Chicago


Despite losing 26 seniors, including 16 starters, the Jackson State University Tiger football team has been picked by MEAC coaches to repeat as champions of the conference's Eastern Division.

The offense will be led by six returning starters including offensive linemen junior Lareko Elliott at right tackle, senior Kevin Thomas at left guard and junior Chris Hammonds at center. Senior receivers Daniel Guy and and Torrey Thigpen are expected to lead the receiver corps. Senior fullback Damion Ducksworth rushed for 277 yards and three touchdowns last year and is expected to anchor the running game. Red shirt freshman Robert Kent is expected to challenge junior T.C. Taylor at quarterback.

Senior Kicker Brian Reynolds is the most potent offensive returnee. An All American candidate, he kicked 48 of 53 PATs last season and 11 of 15 field goals to finish third on the team in scoring 81 points.

With only two starters returning on defense, senior linebacker Edward Reese and junior cornerback Kenny Bryant are expected to provide the leadership necessary to keep opposing offenses out of the endzone. Reese will be joined by junior Zack Grady and sophomore Elgin Andrews in the linebacking corps.

Chicago's ESPN RADIO 1000 is owned and operated by ABC Inc., which also includes WLS-AM, WXCD-FM, WRDZ-AM and WDDZ-AM. For additional information, contact John V. Moore at 312.337.7711 or Robin Beaman at 312.751.9689.

Deven Entertainment is a group of local businessmen whose mission is to spread the word in the African-American community about the opportunities at black colleges and universities. Through its "adopt-a-school" program, Deven Entertainment supports local high school programs and grants scholarships to many of the over 100 black colleges and universities nationwide.
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