Camp Notebook: Special events at home games announced
Aug 24, 2010
Photo: Golden Eagle defensive coordinator Billy
Taylor gives tips to new linebacker Will Johnson, a transfer from
the University of Kentucky.(photos by Rob
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Several special events that have become
traditions at Tennessee Tech’s home football games in Tucker
Stadium are on the schedule again this season for Golden Eagle
fans. Special fan events are planned for all five of Tech’s
home games in 2010.
The in-town action for fourth-year TTU head coach Watson Brown
and his team starts Thursday night, Sept. 16, when the Golden
Eagles host Lane College in the non-conference home opener at 7
That game will be the annual Communiversity Night when Tech
joins forces with businesses, partners and supporters through the
community. The opener is also First Tennessee Bank Poster Night,
with free posters to fans as they leave the stadium.
The second home game on Thursday, Sept. 30, will be Military
Appreciation and Public Safety Night, with special recognition to
members of the U.S. Armed Forces, both active and retired, as well
as personnel who work in all public safety fields.
Tech will also hold its annual Football Alumni Reunion that
night when the Golden Eagles host UT Martin in the first home
conference game. It’s the first of three games for the Golden
Eagles in defense of the Sgt. York Trophy.
Advertiser and sponsor appreciation night will be held on
Saturday, Oct. 16, when Tech hosts defending OVC champion Eastern
Illinois at 7 p.m.
Tech hosts two crucial OVC games in November, beginning with
Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Nov. 13.
It’s Homecoming with kickoff at 1:30 p.m. following the
annual Homecoming Parade. Hall of Fame activities will take place
Friday night and Saturday.
Tech’s fifth annual game for Recognizing Academic
Excellence will be Saturday, Nov. 20, against Jacksonville State
beginning at 6 p.m. The event will highlight Honor students from
across the region. The game against the Gamecocks, the team picked
to win the OVC this season, is also Senior Day.
“These are events that we feel enhance the atmosphere and
provide an exciting framework for the action on the field for coach
Brown and his team,” said Mark Wilson, TTU Director of
"Many of these events have become familiar traditions for our
fans," Wilson said. "We hope to continue to build upon the
excitement and enthusiasm that have been generated over the past
few years under coach Brown. “Our staff will continue to
reach out to include groups, organizations, and every college
football fan in the area."
Season tickets for Tech football can be purchased at the TTU
Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center, online at TTUsports.com,
or by calling (931) 372-3940.
Former UK Wildcat Will Johnson learning new role with
A standout during his high school career at Nashville's Pearl-Cohn
High School, Will Johnson (shown at practice Monday afternoon)
spent his first two collegiate seasons at the University of
Kentucky. After a redshirt season in 2008 in which he was named the
Most Valuable Defensive Scout Team Player by Kentucky's coaches,
Johnson got onto the field in 2009. He contributed as a regular on
the special teams and in a backup role at weak side linebacker. He
saw action in all 13 games.
A rangy athlete who played safety in high school, Johnson
increased his size and strength during his time at Kentucky while
making the move to linebacker.
During the summer, Johnson made a change. He transfered to Tech
where he has three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in
2010. He's working at the Bandit linebacker position for th Golden
Eagles where he's currently third on the depth chart behind
veterans Justin Vann and Marcus Edwards.
A versatile athlete for coach Tony Brunetti at Pearl-Cohn, Johnson
played several spots for the Firebirds. In addition to free safety
and linebacker on defense, he played wide receiver and tailback on
offense, and also excelled at returning punts and kickoffs.
His speed enabled him to be an effective blitzer, as he had 12
quarterback sacks as a senior, along with 80 tackles and a pair of
interceptions. On offense he had 37 catches for 689 yards and 12
touchdowns and rushed 21 times for 350 yards and four TDs. He also
averaged a phenomenal 35 yards per punt return while helping
Pearl-Cohn advance to the Class AAA state semifinals as a junior
Will was named all-city, all-region and second-team all-state as a
An Honor Roll student who won the school's English Award, his
athletic versatility also showed in other sports as he participated
in basketball and baseball in addition to football. In baseball he
played a unique combination as both catcher and center fielder.
Break in the weather, with two-a-days Tuesday and
The Golden Eagles got a bit of a break in the weather Monday with
a little cooler temperatures. The team was greeted by fog in Tucker
Stadium for their morning practice and the afternoon walk-through
featured a welcome breeze on Overall Field.
The team will go through two practice sessions Tuesday, starting
at 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. The Thursday schedule also has two
sessions at the same times. On Wednesday, the team has one practice
in them morning. On Friday, the team will go through an afternoon
walk-through at 3 p.m.
The team has Saturday off as fall camp finishes. Preparation for
the season opener at Arkansas gets underway Sunday. The opening
game against the Razorbacks is Saturday, Sept. 4, in