Topic: Will Johnson
APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – First baseman Parker Phillips hit five home runs on the day, leading Austin Peay State University’s baseball team to a sweep of its Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader against Eastern Kentucky, 18-15 and 11-9, Friday at Raymond C. Hand Park.
Phillips hit three home runs, including a first-inning grand slam, in the series opener as part of a 4-for-5, seven RBI contest.
Austin Peay Baseball’s Parker Phillips had five home runs in Govs doubleheader win against Eastern Kentucky, Friday. (APSU Sports Information)
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NASHVILLE – Murray State senior quarterback Casey Brockman was named 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year while Southeast Missouri State senior linebacker Blake Peiffer was tabbed OVC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in a vote of by the leagueís head football coaches and sports information directors. Eastern Kentucky led the way with 10 selections on the preseason team while Murray State, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech had three picks apiece.
No Austin Peay football players were selected.
Returning players who were first-team All-OVC selections last season (13 in total) were automatic selections to the preseason team this year. The squad also included nine players who were second-team selections in 2011. Of the 26 total selections, 18 were seniors, six were juniors and two were sophomores.
The offensive unit was led by Brockman who was tabbed Preseason Player of the Year for the second-straight season. Brockman set numerous OVC records last season while throwing for 3,276 yards and 25 touchdowns, rushing for four touchdowns and even catching a pair of touchdown passes. He enters this season with a chance to become the OVCís all-time leader in passing yards. He is joined on the team by Eastern Kentucky senior running back Matt Denham (1,570 rushing yards, 9 TDs) and Jacksonville State tailback Washaun Ealey (1,082 rushing yards, 8 TDs), Eastern Kentucky senior Tyrone Goard (39 receptions, 627 yards, 11 TDs) and UT Martin senior Quentin Sims (54 catches, 712 yards, 10 TDs) at the wide receiver spot and Eastern Illinois senior tight end Von Wise (32 catches, 348 yards, 2 TDs). The offensive line included three Eastern Kentucky players, senior center O.J. Enabosi and senior tackles Aaron Adams and Patrick Ford. The line was rounded out by Jacksonville State senior guard Tori Mobley and Tennessee State junior guard Kadeem Edwards.
Defensively Peiffer ranked third nationally in tackles/game last season (13.7), finishing the year with 151 total stops, which set the schoolís single-season record. Four linebackers joined Peiffer on the team including Eastern Kentucky juniors Anthony Brown (59 tackles, 10.5 RFL, 3.5 sacks) and Ichiro Vance (78 tackles, 9.5 TFL) and the Murray State duo of senior Sam Small (115 tackles, 9.5 TFL) and junior Qua Huzzie (80 tackles, 14.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks). The three defensive linemen selected to the squad were Tennessee Tech senior Marcus Edwards (41 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 5.0 sacks), Eastern Illinois senior Artavious Dowdell (45 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 5.0 sacks) and Tennessee State junior Antonio Harper (44 tackles, 9.0 TFL, 6.5 sacks). The four defensive backs on the team included the Tennessee Tech duo of senior Will Johnson (45 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 INT) and sophomore Austin Tallant (92 tackles, 2.0 TFL) and Eastern Kentucky senior teammates Justin Bell (48 tackles, 2 INTs) and Brooklyn Fox (80 tackles, 3 INTs).
Specialists selected to the preseason team included UT Martin senior kicker Cody Sandlin (14-of-17 FGs, 45-of-48 PATs), Eastern Kentucky junior punter Jordan Berry (41.0 yards/punt) and Tennessee State sophomore return specialist Weldon Garlington (20.9 yards/kickoff return, 1 TD; 19.4 yards/punt return, 1 TD).
2012 Preseason All-OVC Football Team
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Casey Brockman (QB), Murray State
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Blake Peiffer (LB), Southeast Missouri
QB – Casey Brockman, Murray State
RB – Matt Denham, Eastern Kentucky
RB – Washaun Ealey, Jacksonville State
WR – Tyrone Goard, Eastern Kentucky
WR – Quentin Sims, UT Martin
TE – Von Wise, Eastern Illinois
C – O.J. Enabosi, Eastern Kentucky
OG – Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State
OG – Tori Mobley, Jacksonville State
OT – Aaron Adams, Eastern Kentucky
OT – Patrick Ford, Eastern Kentucky
DL – Marcus Edwards, Tennessee Tech
DL – Artavious Dowdell, Eastern Illinois
DL – Antonio Harper, Tennessee State
LB – Anthony Brown, Eastern Kentucky
LB – Ichiro Vance, Eastern Kentucky
LB – Blake Peiffer, Southeast Missouri
LB – Qua Huzzie, Murray State
LB – Sam Small, Murray State
DB – Will Johnson, Tennessee Tech
DB – Austin Tallant, Tennessee Tech
DB – Justin Bell, Eastern Kentucky
DB – Brooklyn Fox, Eastern Kentucky
K – Cody Sandlin, UT Martin
P – Jordan Berry, Eastern Kentucky
RS – Weldon Garlington, Tennessee State