Clarksville, TN – A lot was made about Austin Peay State University’s (APSU) football program landing quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall to it recruiting class a couple of years ago and less than two seasons into his career the hype may have been a little under stated, as the sophomore QB has already put up some numbers that rank among the best to ever take a snap for the Governors in their history.
After splitting time under center with Javaughn Craig his freshman season in 2017 and the first part of 2018, Oatsvall had the responsibility of being the full-time starter for the Govs when Craig suffered an injury earlier this season.
He hasn’t flinched.
Just this past weekend in the Governors homecoming contest versus Tennessee Tech Oatsvall tied the school’s single-game record for passing touchdowns in a contest with five, while also becoming the first Austin Peay quarterback since Dennis Dyer in 1968 to record at least four passing touchdowns in two separate games (four vs. Jacksonville State on Sept. 29th) in the same season.
Overall this season, in just eight games — and three more remaining — Oatsvall has thrown already for 14 touchdowns and 1,179 yards through the air – which currently ranks as the fourth-most total TD passes in a single season in school history and 15th-most passing yards for a Governor quarterback in a season.
Both the touchdown and passing yard totals this season already eclipse last year’s 12-game totals (seven touchdowns and 1,148 yards) for Oatsvall.
And in just 20 games into his career, Oatsvall has a chance of putting up numbers rarely, if ever seen, by an APSU quarterback as he is already fifth all-time in career passing touchdowns (21) and ninth in all-time passing yards (2,327).
But its not just his arm that makes him dangerous, Oatsvall is also a threat as a runner having rushed for 815 yards in 20 games—while scoring 11 touchdowns.
That gives Oatsvall a total of 3,142 yards of total offense — just two yards short of former APSU quarterback Mark Cunningham (2004-07) for seventh-place all-time – while his 32 touchdowns he’s responsible for in his career tie him with former APSU running back Jay Bailey (2000-02) for fourth-most all-time.
With two-plus years remaining in his career at Austin Peay, and if he can remain healthy, Oatsvall could re-write the APSU record book when it comes to all-time career best numbers for quarterbacks.
After just 20 games, he’s off to a heck of a start.