WATCH: Former Jackson State cameraman gets football scholarship

Jackson State football player awarded scholarship
Santee Marshall rushes the ball against Alabama State on October 16 (Photo courtesy of Jackson State Athletics)

Following Jackson State’s big 28-7 homecoming win over Alabama State, head coach Deion Sanders awarded cameraman turned running back Santee Marshall a full scholarship.

Marshall, who played football at Division II Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama before transferring to JSU, tried out for the team going into the 2021 spring season. He didn’t make the cut, and instead of giving up like most would, he reached out to the team’s director of video services, Ahmon Lott, to see if he could be part of the team staff.

Working in that capacity, he filmed practices while also staying persistent, often asking JSU’s director of player personnel, Otis Riddley, for a chance to play scout team. When Marshall’s wish was finally granted, he took the opportunity and ran. Literally.

“Every time he gets a carry, he’s running it into the end zone in practice,” Sanders said of Marshall taking full advantage of his chance.

Once making the roster, Coach Prime decided to use Marshall in the sixth game of the 2021 spring season versus Alabama A&M. During that game, Marshall rushed for 133 yards and one touchdown.

This season, Marshall leads the Tigers in rushing with 305 yards and three touchdowns through six games. Up next for Jackson State (5-1) will be a home matchup against Bethune-Cookman University (0-7).

 

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Written by J.T. Mitchell

J.T. Mitchell is a multimedia journalist out of Jackson, Mississippi, who worked extensively for both News Mississippi and SuperTalk Mississippi before coming aboard as managing editor for Our Mississippi Home. He is also the author of Pocket Grammar: 24 Mistakes You'll Never Make Again. J.T. received his education from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he studied both English and philosophy. Contact J.T. at [email protected]

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