Nashville, TN – On Monday, July 22nd, 2019, during OVC Football Media Day, it was announced that Austin Peay State University (APSU) senior running back Kentel Williams and redshirt senior offensive tackle Kyle Anderton were named Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference.
Williams earns his first career Preseason All-OVC selection after being named First-Team All-OVC in 2018 when he led the FCS with a 7.99 yards per carry average.
He finished third nationally in all-purpose yards per game, averaging 167.78 per contest, which helped him garner Third-Team All-America honors from the Associated Press as an all-purpose back.
Not only did Williams lead the Govs in 2018 with 831 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, he also led the OVC with 547 kickoff return yards to go along with 127 yards receiving and a touchdown. His 1,510 all-purpose yards was the sixth-highest single-season total in Austin Peay history.
Anderton earned Preseason All-OVC honors for the second straight season after being a Second-Team All-OVC selection in 2017. He entered the 2018 season as the starter at left tackle, but only played in the season’s first four games due to injury and used the new redshirt rule to return in 2019.
After manning the left tackle spot for all 12 games in 2017, Anderton helped the Govs to the highest single-season yardage total in program history. He played a key role in last season’s 78-point outburst at Morehead State in which the Govs set an OVC record for most points against a Division I opponent.
Also announced at Media Day, the Governors were picked to finish fourth in a vote of the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors. It is the second consecutive year the Govs have been selected to finish in the top half of the conference after being picked to finish second in last year’s preseason poll.
Five-time reigning OVC champion Jacksonville State finished atop the preseason poll, earning 14 first-place votes and 126 points. Last season’s runner up, Southeast Missouri, earned four first-place votes and 115 points. Eastern Kentucky was picked to finish third with 98 points, while Austin Peay landed in fourth with 70 points. Murray State (61), Tennessee State (61), UT Martin (60), Eastern Illinois (35) and Tennessee Tech (22) rounded out the rest of the poll.
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.
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