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APSU Football selected to finish fourth in OVC Media Poll

APSU FootballBrentwood, TN – On Friday, July 19th, 2019, the Austin Peay State University Football team was voted to finish fourth by members of the media covering the Ohio Valley Conference in the league’s preseason media poll. OVC Media Day is Monday, July 22nd.

Preseason media poll picks Austin Peay Football to finish fourth in the OVC.
Preseason media poll picks Austin Peay Football to finish fourth in the OVC.

With the fourth-place selection, the Governors have been voted to finish in the top half of the conference in the preseason media poll two years in a row after being picked to finish second in last year’s media poll.

Five-time reigning OVC champion Jacksonville State earned all 15 first-place votes and finished with 135 points, while last season’s runner up, Southeast Missouri, finished with 115 points.

Eastern Kentucky was picked third with 99 points, while the Governors earned 84 points. Tennessee State (78), UT Martin (58), Murray State (55), Eastern Illinois (38) and Tennessee Tech (16) rounded out the rest of the voting.

The Govs enter the 2019 season with Mark Hudspeth in his first season at the helm of the football program. The veteran coach brings 14 years of head coaching experience at the NCAA levels, including seven seasons leading then-Division II North Alabama and another seven seasons as the head man at Louisiana-Lafayette. Hudspeth’s teams made the postseason in 10 of his 14 seasons.

Running back Kentel Williams returns for his final season after leading the FCS in yards per carry a season ago and earning third-team All-America recognition from the Associated Press. Junior quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall will join him in the backfield after setting the program record with 26 total touchdowns a season ago.

Defensively, 2018 Second-Team All-OVC selection Juantarius Bryant returns at safety after finishing third on the team with 65 tackles last season. Linebacker Pat Walker will look to take on a bigger role in his final season after finishing fourth for the Govs with 53 total tackles, including 4.0 for loss, last year.

The Govs kick off the 2019 campaign at home, Thursday, August 29th against North Carolina Central in the first Thursday home game for the program since taking on then-No. 4 Eastern Illinois in October of 2013. For the first time since 2003, the Govs will host six home contests, highlighted by games against the OVC’s two FCS Playoff participants last season – Jacksonville State and Southeast Missouri – as the first two home conference games, slated for September 28th and October 12th, respectively.

The Austin Peay ticket office is now accepting new ticket inquiries for the 2019 season, with changes to the Fortera Stadium seating chart set for this season. The east side of the stadium (Sections J-P) will be the Red Zone housing all general admission seating. The west side of the stadium will be reserved seating along with student seating in sections E-H.

Club level seating is still currently wait-listed but a limited amount of reserved chair back seating is still available. Fans interested in purchasing reserved chair backs or joining the club level wait list should call 931.221.PEAY. Discounts on reserved and general admission tickets are available to active duty and retired military and APSU faculty/staff members.

Fans can join the Monocle Society to enhance their game day experience. Monocle Society members can enjoy preferred seating, parking, tailgating season passes, and game day hospitality privileges, based upon seating option and/or donor level. Membership to the Monocle Society begins at $100.00.

Please contact Katie Locke at 931.221.7224 or lockek@apsu.edu with questions related to the Monocle Society and the donor benefits structure. Monocle Society donations can also be made through Austin Peay’s Glitnir Ticketing System at www.LetsGoPeay.com/BuyTickets


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