JSU's Warren delivers the hit of the day in Gamecocks' win
by Al Muskewitz
amuskewitz@annistonstar.com
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Jacksonville State safety Pierre Warren drills UT-Martin wide receiver Chris Thompson after a pass. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
Jacksonville State safety Pierre Warren drills UT-Martin wide receiver Chris Thompson after a pass. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
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MARTIN, Tenn. — Players in Pierre Warren’s position live to make the big hit, and the junior safety unquestionably delivered the biggest hit in Jacksonville State’s 41-27 victory over Tennessee-Martin on Saturday.

Warren simply leveled Skyhawks receiver Chris Thompson after a 15-yard catch midway through the second quarter.

Thompson made the catch, then turned up field, and Warren was there to stick his shoulder into the right side of the receiver’s upper body.

"He ran a post," Warren said. "I couldn’t break on the ball as fast as I wanted to, then I saw the trajectory of the ball was a little high so he had to jump to catch it, so I knew when he was going to come down I could get a pretty good shot on him to get the ball out.

"I got a good shot, but he still held onto it in the end, so I was a little mad about that part, but it was still a good hit."

It was violent a hit as Gamecocks receiver Markis Merrill took in the North Alabama game. Thompson, however, returned to the game and finished with seven catches for 107 yards.

Big hits on defenseless players is a point of emphasis in the college game this year, but neither Warren nor JSU coach Bill Clark thought anything questionable about the play.

"I felt it was a good legal hit and the refs did, too, because they didn’t throw a flag," Warren said. "So it’s all good."

Warren was all over the field for JSU in the game. He broke up three passes and was credited with nine tackles.

"It feels great" to deliver a big hit, he said. "It’s almost better than a pick-six; he caught it this time, so it’s not that good, but it gets everybody pumped up on the sideline. Even my defensive players on the field at the time were really energetic about it.

"It took the defense to another level and I felt we needed that at the time."
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