Rayshawn Weatherspoon, a 6-1, 177 lb., kick returner/defensive back from South Pittsburgh, Tennessee , returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown to spark Tennessee State in its 27-14 victory over Alabama A&M in the John Merritt Classic. The return put the Tigers up 6-0 just 14 seconds into the game and helped TSU build a 27-0 halftime lead on its way to the victory. The kickoff return was the longest-ever in the 12-year history of the John Merritt Classic. As a defensive back he also had a tackle and four pass break-ups in the contest.
TSU snapped a three-game win streak by Alabama A&M in the John Merritt Classic. The Tigers must begin preparation for their second “Classic” in a row when they face Jackson State at the Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis, Tennessee on September 11, 2010.