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Howard named OVC Defensive Player of the Week

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APSU FootballBrentwood, TN – Austin Peay State University defensive end Nate Howard [1] has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Sunday.

The senior did a little bit of everything for the Governors in their 49-34 victory against Tennessee State, Saturday.

2018 APSU Football - Nate Howard [2]

He helped secure two of the five turnovers the Govs forced on the evening.

In the third quarter, he jumped on a loose ball to thwart a TSU possession, and in the fourth quarter, he strip-sacked TSU quarterback Demry Croft and Pat Walker [3] recovered the fumble.

Howard finished the night with five total tackles, including 2.0 for loss and a sack, to go along with the forced fumble and fumble recovery. He also batted a pass at the line of scrimmage and registered a quarterback hurry.

It is the first OVC Player of the Week Award for Howard, and the first for a Governor since Devin Stuart [4] won Specialist of the Week and Ahmaad Tanner [5] won Newcomer of the Week in the season finale against Eastern Illinois last year. He is the Govs’ first Defensive Player of the Week since Jaison Williams [6] against UT Martin in Week 5 of last season.

Howard and the Governors will return to action 1:00pm, Saturday, October 13th, 2018 when they travel to Southeast Missouri to take on the Redhawks.