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“Believe You Can Achieve”: former Chanticleer editor writes book

Rebekah Hawkins, Associate Editor

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Marvel Robinson

Marvel Robinson remembers the exact date and time that he graduated from Jacksonville State University.

“Friday, December 18, 2015 at 7 p.m. Forgive me for

Robinson was the sports editor for The Chanticleer beginning in January of 2014 until December of 2015 when he graduated. Although he left JSU with his bachelor’s degree in communications, he had no clear idea of where he was going next. He worked part-time at the Anniston Star as a Sports Correspondent, but eventually moved home to Birmingham to pursue other opportunities.

“I always wanted to write a book because I love to write,” Robinson said. “I was just unsure about what I wanted my first book to be about.”

Robinson found himself with more spare time than he bargained for while waiting for a job opportunity in his desired field. He dreamed of being an author and, with the extra time, he penned a book that he called “Go For It! Believe You Can Achieve”.

The book’s name comes from Robinson’s own determination to chase his dreams instead of waiting for something to simply fall into his lap.

“The book is about going for whatever it is you want in life,” Robinson said. “It’s a motivational book inspiring and pushing the readers to go for their goals and their dreams. It promotes a confident and fearless mentality. Don’t keep wasting time. Stop holding back. Don’t miss out on what could already be yours.”

Robinson’s book is available on Amazon. (photo courtesy of Marvel Robinson)
Robinson says that the book is a good motivating tool for current JSU students. It’s meant to bring confidence and courage to students as well as provide tools for helping them cope with distractions and frustrations that will come in college as well as life.

“You’ve already started and now you’re on the path to greatness and success. Just don’t give up.”

Robinson says that this book is only the beginning and that he has more ideas that he intends to write about in the future.

“My advice to students would be this: Stay focused. Do what you’re supposed to do. Don’t keep putting things off for later because it will catch up to you. Ask questions when you need help, but also do your own research and educate yourself. Remember your goals and keep them in mind. If possible, make sure you have something set up for after graduation. You can achieve it if you believe it.”

Robinson’s book “Go For It!” can be purchased on Amazon. The link can be found on the “Go For It” Facebook page.




Where there is a hello, there is a goodbye

I never would’ve thought in a million years that I, Marvel Robinson Jr., would’ve been Sports Editor of a college campus newspaper.
To be honest, it’s hard for me to believe that I’m graduating from college. Well, I am and it’s about that time to let it soak in. I am the Sports Editor of my college campus newspaper, The Chanticleer, and I am indeed ready to graduate this fall on December 18, 2015. I’m just not as eager to say goodbye as I was to say hello.

I started with The Chanticleer in 2013 as a staff writer. I remember being so naïve and new to this newspaper thing. I covered sports, but I used to not even know what to write about because I wanted it to be perfect since it was going in the campus newspaper. I was so excited about writing about sports and just seeing my name in the paper. I thought that was the coolest thing ever. Then, I got that phone call. Christiana Tyler, former Arts & Entertainment Editor of The Chanticleer, called me in the early part of the summer of 2014. I don’t answer numbers I don’t know or recognize, so she left a message. I checked my voicemail, and after bouncing back and forth on the couch, I called her back and knew then that I basically had the job.

I remember meeting with Marie McBurnett (Chief Editor of The Chanticleer) for an interview later that summer. I was a little nervous, but it went really well. She was cool and I knew we would get along easily. Besides, she played a big role in hiring me, so how could I ever turn my back on her. With that being said, shout out to Mike Stedham (my adviser) for recommending me for the job.

Sports Editor was way cooler than just being a staff writer. For one, I had an office with my own key. Not to mention, we, The Chanticleer, pretty much have the best parking spots at Self Hall. It was more fun than work for me because I love sports. I used to love sitting in the press box and watching the football games. That was a nice view and even a better feeling. I also used to like being court-side at the basketball games. Those situations really made me feel like somebody important, somebody special.

This has been an amazing experience for me and it has been an honor to work for The Chanticleer. I’ve been around to see three different staffs. Man, just saying that makes me feel older than I am. This school and this job helped me open up more and they both helped jump-start my career. I’m a better writer than I was before and most of all, I’m a better person. Thank you, Chanty!

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor

Jacksonville State Gamecocks are back on their journey to Frisco

If you ask Jacksonville State head coach John Grass or any of the football players what’s the goal, they will tell you it has always been to win the National Championship. The Gamecocks are Ohio Valley Conference Champions, and that’s cool, but their eyes are on the big prize.

The Gamecocks finished the regular season with a 10-1 overall record with their only loss being to Auburn in overtime, 27-20. JSU went undefeated in the OVC and at home. Now, they have home-field advantage throughout the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

JSU are not looking to repeat the same steps they took last year. They had a bye for the first round and then a home game against Sam Houston State. They lost to Sam Houston State 37-26 in the second round.

One year later, they have another bye and another second round home game. However, this JSU team is better and a lot more focus than last season’s team. That second round loss to Sam Houston State may factor into that maturity and hunger.

This Saturday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m., the Gamecocks face Chattanooga for the second time this season. It will be the three-month anniversary between the two teams. JSU won the first match-up, which was the first game of the season. The Gamecocks came back to win 23-20. The game Saturday will be way more important than that first game. This is a playoff game and if you lose, then you’re out. If you win, then the road to Frisco will continue. The FCS National Championship will be in Frisco, Texas on Jan. 9. Three wins and the Gamecocks will be in Frisco.

Chattanooga (9-3) played in the first round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs where they defeated Fordham 50-20. The win advanced them to the second round to play JSU. Chattanooga had a strong regular season as well with only three losses coming to Florida State, Mercer, and of course JSU.

This second round match-up is set to be a good one as both teams are better than they were before the first time they played this season. Both teams know each other equally, so there is no clear advantage either way.

Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. at Burgess-Snow Field and will be televised on ESPN3.

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor

Gamecocks jump over TSU 48-13 in front of 23,413 fans

~ Photo by Sydney Sorrells
~ Photo by Sydney Sorrells

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville State Gamecocks lived up to their No. 1 FCS rank as they defeated the Tennessee State Tigers 48-13.

In the home opener for the Gamecocks, and Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams, a record breaking 23,413 was in attendance at Burgess-Snow Field.

The Gamecocks (2-1) put on a show in front of their home crowd and won their first OVC game of the season in pursuit to a second straight OVC Championship.

Eli Jenkins led the Gamecocks with 162 passing yards, two touchdowns, and 95 rushing yards. Troymaine Pope tacked on 93 rushing yards and Josh Clemons ran for 67 yards with one touchdown. Miles Jones ended with two rushing touchdowns and Jarren Johnson recorded one rushing touchdown.

Ruben Gonzalez led in receiving with eight catches for 109 yards. Josh Barge and Markis Merrill ended with one touchdown catch apiece.

On defense, Joel McCandless led the way with nine tackles, two for a loss, and one sack. Chris Landrum recorded six tackles. Folo Johnson had four tackles along with Dawson Wells, Brandon Bender and DeBarriaus Miller. Miller recorded an interception along with Ra’Shad Green. E.J. Moss was in on a fumble recovery, while both Landrum and Joseph Roberts forced a fumble.

After going scoreless in the first quarter, the Gamecocks put the first points on the board in the second with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Jenkins to Merrill.

A defensive stop gave JSU the ball back leading 7-0. They would go up 14-0 with 3:14 left in the first half when Jenkins found Barge in the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown pass.

Green’s interception set the Gamecocks up for another touchdown right before halftime. Jones ran in from two-yards-out to extend the lead 21-0.

JSU opened the second half with a 34-yard field goal by Connor Rouleau.

TSU would then get the ball and found the end zone for their first points on an 84-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers missed the extra point so the Gamecocks led 24-6 with 11:20 left in the third quarter.

The Gamecocks didn’t respond to the Tigers score and TSU scored again when they got the ball back. Tennessee State brought the lead down to 24-13 with another touchdown pass. This left 5:57 in the third quarter.

JSU responded quickly this time and went up 30-13 with a 2-yard run from Jones.

TSU got the ball, but turned it over as Miller caught an interception to set up Clemons 1-yard touchdown run. The Gamecocks converted on a two-point conversion and went up 38-13.

Later, in the fourth quarter, Cade Stinnett converted on a 22-yard field goal to put the Gamecocks up 41-13.

The Gamecocks last touchdown came with 53 seconds left when Johnson ran in for 17 yards.

The Gamecocks dominated every phase of the game with first downs (32-9), total yards (576-208), and time-of-possession (32:15–27:45).

Next, the Gamecocks travel to play UT Martin in another OVC match-up on Sept. 26. Kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN3.

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor

JSU Volleyball prepared for season opener in weekend tournament

Jacksonville State Volleyball is back and so is head coach Terry Gamble. Gamble is entering his second season as head coach of the Gamecocks, where he excelled in his first season.
“I felt really good about the first year,” Gamble said. “I thought the girls did a really nice job. I think they overachieved is what I think they did.”
The Gamecocks finished last season with an 18-16 overall record – the best they’ve done since 2009 when they went an impressive 27-8.
They lost to Tennessee Tech 3-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament last season.
Gamble said this season will be a little different because of the youth.
“This year is different from last year in the way that we are extremely young this year. I have seven freshmen and I expect three or four of them to play a lot,” said Gamble.
He expects to be on the learning curve for most of the year with so many freshmen. One good thing about that is the future can be very promising.
“Our freshmen class is extremely good, our recruiting class coming in next year is very good, so I think that the future is very bright,” said Gamble.
One thing the Gamecocks have been working on this preseason is getting the freshmen in shape and up-to-speed. Gamble said they’ve been doing a lot of drills to enhance them thinking faster and reacting faster.
It’s not all about the freshmen, though. There are some familiar names and faces returning this year from last year. Emily Rutherford is a senior and she’s one of the leaders along with senior Samantha Bohne. Laney Torkelson is the third and final senior on the team. Charis Ludtke is a sophomore and Gamble thinks she’s going to be a “go-to girl.” Hannah Kirk, Allyson Zuhlke and Jennifer Hart are also sophomores who are all back from last year to contribute and help out in a big way.
JSU Volleyball will tip-off the first game of the season on Friday, Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. against Savannah State in the Kennesaw State Tournament in Kennesaw, Ga. The weekend tournament will continue with games against Alabama State and Kennesaw State on Saturday, Aug. 29.
“I’m excited going into the first match,” Gamble said. “After the weekend, it is going to give us a better idea in game situation what we have to improve on.”

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor