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Govs hopes increased defensive line leads to improved play

 

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Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – The veins in his neck bulged. The anger in his voice was evident.

After watching his defense permit a 53-yard run to Wesley Kitts in Monday morning’s scrimmage, Austin Peay coach Rick Christophel still was an unhappy man nearly 45 minutes after the scrimmage concluded.

“One of the things that concerns me is we have to be able to stop the run,” he said. “There are going to be big plays in the passing game when we don’t have a pass rush, but we can’t allow them 20-or-more yard runs. That is not good.

APSU Football. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

APSU Football. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

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Football Govs set to begin spring practice Tuesday

 

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Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Fueled with an experienced roster, Austin Peay State University’s football team will begin spring practice, 3:45pm, Tuesday, in Governors Stadium.

The Governors return 48 lettermen from a team that finished 2-9 a year ago. With so many lettermen returning it translates into 16 starters—eight offense and eight defense—back to provide experience.

“I am excited about what we have coming back,” APSU coach Rick Christophel said. “We have more going this spring (than last year), except for one position, that is quarterback.

APSU Men's Football. (Austin Peay Sports Information)

APSU Men's Football. (Austin Peay Sports Information)

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Austin Peay Governors football vs. Murray State Racers

 

November 13th, 2010 • 1:00pm CDT • Clarksville, Tennessee • Governors Stadium (10,000)
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Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Thirteen seniors will be honored prior to kickoff on Senior Day.

Since rejoining the Ohio Valley Conference the Governors own a 1-2 record against Murray State. The Govs lost in Murray, 27-17, in 2009.

Austin Peay enters the contest on a six-game losing streak. The Govs have endured at least a six-game losing streak five times since the new millennium, the longest losing streak (eight games) coming in the 2003 season.

Senior running back Terrence Holt made his first career start at running back against UT Martin. Even though he has shared the running back duties with Ryan White for the past two seasons, the latter always has drawn the starting nod until last Saturday.

APSU Football. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

APSU Football. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

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Austin Peay Governors vs UT Martin Skyhawks

 

November 6th, 2010 • 1:00pm CDT • Clarksville, Tennessee • Governors Stadium (10,000)

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Since rejoining the Ohio Valley Conference the Governors own a 1-3 record against UT Martin. The Govs lost in Martin, 48-38, to end the 2009 season.

With the loss to Eastern Illinois, the Governors are assured of their third-straight losing season.

Austin Peay enters the contest on a five-game losing streak. The Govs have endured at least a five-game losing streak in five of the last seven seasons.

This is a Sergeant York Trophy contest. Austin Peay comes in 1-1 in Sgt. York games this season while UT Martin is 1-0.

Governors Football. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Governors Football. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

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Austin Peay Governors vs Eastern Illinois Panthers

 

October 30th, 2010 • 1:30pm CDT • Charleston, IL • O’Brien Field (10,000)
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Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Since rejoining the Ohio Valley Conference the Governors own a 1-1 record against Eastern Illinois. The Govs won 15-13 in Charleston two years ago but lost at home 30-20 last season.

Austin Peay enters the contest on a four-game losing streak. The Govs have endured at least a four-game losing streak in seven of the last eight seasons.

Austin Peay comes into the game ranked 111th (out of 117 teams) or higher in four defensive categories–rushing defense (117th/260.00 ypg), total defense (113th/455.43 ypg), scoring defense (116th/40.86 ppg) and sacks (115th/.71). The Governors have permitted five teams to rush for more than 200 single-game yards, including Jacksonville State, which finished with 307 yards rushing. «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay Governors vs Jacksonville State Gamecocks

 

October 23rd, 2010 • 3:00pm CDT Jacksonville, AL • JSU Stadium (24,000)
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Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Since rejoining the Ohio Valley Conference the Governors own a 0-3 record against Jacksonville State, including last season’s 28-10 loss in Clarksville.

Austin Peay enters the contest on a three-game losing streak. The Govs have endured at least a three-game losing streak in seven of the last eight seasons.

Jacksonville State currently is ranked No. 3 in both Football Championship Subdivision major polls (The Sports Network/Fathead.com and FCS Coaches Poll). The No. 3 ranking is the highest for JSU since moving up to Division I-AA/FCS in 1995. It also is the highest ranking by an OVC program since Tennessee State was ranked No. 1 in 1999. «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay Governors vs Southeast Missouri State Redhawks

 

October 16th, 2010 • 6:00pm CDT • Clarksville, TN • Governors Stadium (10,000)

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Since rejoining the Ohio Valley Conference the Governors own a 2-1 record against Southeast Missouri. However, both wins came in Cape Girardeau, MO, including last season’s 24-14 decision. Two seasons ago the Redhawks rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to defeat the Governors, 33-30, in Governors Stadium, in the season finale.

Austin Peay enters the contest on a two-game losing streak. The Govs have endured no worse than a three-game losing streak in five of the last six seasons.

Southeast Missouri moved into the national rankings last week (now No. 18 in The Sports Network/Fathead.com poll and No. 20 in FCS Coaches Poll) for the first time since the 2003 season. SEMO comes to town with its longest winning streak (five games) since 1989. «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay Governors vs Wisconsin Badgers

 

September 25th, 2010 • 11:00am CDT
Madison, WI • Camp Randall Stadium (80,321)

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Wisconsin will be the first Big Ten opponent the Govs have played in University history. Saturday’s game will see the Governors play their second Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team this season. The Govs, Football Championship Subdivision members of the Ohio Valley Conference, lost to Middle Tennessee, 56-33, September 11th. However, it will be the first time in school history the Govs will play a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) opponent.

This is the Governors’ fifth season in its return to playing scholarship football and fourth back in the OVC. Following the 1996 season, Austin Peay elected to forego scholarship football for a non-scholarship era that lasted from 1997 to 2005.

The 11:00am start at Wisconsin will be the Governors first morning start since they played an 11:00am contest at Valparaiso, September 23rd, 2000, during the program’s non-scholarship era. That was believed to be the first morning start in program history. «Read the rest of this article»

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Stansell earns CFPA Placekicker Award

 

Austin Peay State University GovernorsDavidson, NC – Austin Peay State University’s kicker Stephen Stansell, who tied a school record with four field goals as the Govs rallied for a 26-23 win against Tennessee State, Saturday, has been Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Placekicker Co-Performer of the Week.

The purpose of the CFPA is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. «Read the rest of this article»

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Governors rally late to defeat Tennessee State

 

Austin Peay State University GovernorsNashville, TN – Jake Ryan hooked up with Adrian Mines for a seven-yard touchdown pass with 40 seconds left as Austin Peay State University rallied to defeat Tennessee State, 26-23, Saturday, at LP Field in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams.

The victory also gives Austin Peay a 1-0 record in the Sgt. York Trophy Series—a battle between the Tennessee-based OVC schools. It also was APSU’s first-ever win against TSU in LP Field.

The Mines’ TD reception redeemed the senior wide receiver, who was called just three plays earlier for a holding penalty that nullified what appeared to be a game-winning 17-yard fourth-down run by Terrence Holt.

Adrian Mines running with the ball. (Courtesy: Keith Dorris/Dorris Photography)

Adrian Mines running with the ball. (Courtesy: Keith Dorris/Dorris Photography)

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