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Football To Honor Senior Class In Home Finale Versus Alabama A&M Saturday Afternoon At PNC Stadium

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• Texas Southern prepares for its 2021 home finale Saturday afternoon as they'll host inside PNC Stadium at 2 p.m.

• TSU's chance at another winning streak came to an end last week in , Miss. as Jackson State scored 21 fourth quarter points to break open deadlocked game in 41-21 loss.

• TSU will face AAMU for the first time since 2019 and first time in since 2018. The 2019 contest in , Ala. went into overtime as AAMU won.

• Saturday's contest will feature live audio on KTSU 90.9 FM and broadcast on +.

• TSU will honor 14 seniors in Saturday's pregame ceremony.

• The SWAC opted for a spring schedule due to uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 last fall. TSU could only get two games in due to COVID-19 protocols surrounding the opposing team or at TSU. The contest against Baylor marked the first time TSU played back-to-back weekends since the final two weekends of November 2019. 

• AAMU won the 2021 spring championship and was picked to win the SWAC in the fall. AAMU had a tough three-game stretch in October to move out of contention as they dropped three straight.

• AAMU leads the SWAC in scoring (34.4) and total offense with 444.3 yards per game. TSU ranks third in total offense with 419.3 yards per game. AAMU's Preseason All-SWAC Player of the Year Aqeel Glass leads the SWAC with 2,656 passing yards and 25 touchdowns. Running back Gary Quarles leads the SWAC with 94.5 rushing yards per game while Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim is the top receiver with 89.6 yards per game and 52 receptions.

•  TSU is looking for its fourth win of the season as the Tigers haven't won four games since 2016.

• TSU's roster is a full of youth in key areas as 58 players are either true or redshirt freshmen.

• The Tigers feature a third-year head coach in Clarence McKinney. A Houston native, McKinney attended high school across the street at Jack Yates High School and played collegiately at Montana State and the University of Mary. He also served as head coach at Yates before joining the staffs at Houston, Texas A&M and Arizona.

Clarence McKinney is the 17th head coach in the history of . McKinney has a task ahead as the program has only had 28 winning seasons in 75 years of existence and hasn't recorded a winning season since 2000. 

• McKinney won as a student at Yates High School and helped the University of Mary post three winning seasons as a student-athlete in college which made school history. As head coach at Yates, McKinney posted a mark of 30-8 over three years before moving on to the collegiate ranks as an assistant. As an assistant at Houston, Texas A&M and Arizona, McKinney has only experienced three losing seasons in his 11 years of collegiate coaching. 

Courtesy: TSUSports.com

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