OVC champ Jacksonville State sweeps awards
(STATS) – Sweeping through their Ohio Valley Conference schedule wasn't enough for the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.
On Tuesday, they became the first team to win all four of the OVC's major football awards as senior quarterback Eli Jenkins was named the offensive player of the year for a second consecutive season, junior defensive end Darius Jackson claimed defensive player of the year, safety Marlon Bridges was the freshman of the year and John Grass earned his third straight Roy Kidd OVC Coach of the Year Award.
The Gamecocks (10-1), ranked second in the STATS FCS Top 25 and seeded third for the upcoming FCS playoffs, haven't lost to an FCS opponent in the last three regular seasons. They have won 24 straight OVC games since 2013.
Jacksonville State had 11 players earn All-OVC first-team honors, with another six named to the second team. Jenkins became the first OVC quarterback to be named to the first team in three straight seasons since Tony Romo did at Eastern Illinois from 2000-02.
Tennessee State had eight players named to the first and second teams, while OVC runner-up UT Martin had seven.
OVC POSTSEASON AWARDS=
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Eli Jenkins, QB, Jacksonville
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Darius Jackson, DE, Jacksonville State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR – Marlon Bridge, S, Jacksonville State
COACH OF THE YEAR – John Grass, Jacksonville State
ALL-OVC FIRST TEAM
QB – Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville State
RB – Devin Church, Eastern Illinois
RB – Roc Thomas, Jacksonville State
WR – Jordon Gandy, Murray State
WR – Patrick Smith, Tennessee State
TE – Jesse Blackburn, Murray State
C – Casey Dunn, Jacksonville State
OG – Justin Lea, Jacksonville State
OG – Robert Burleigh, UT Martin
OT – Nick Johnson, Jacksonville State
OT – Jessamen Dunker, Tennessee State
DL – Ebenezer Ogundeko, Tennessee State
DL – Darius Jackson, Jacksonville State
DL – Aaron Patrick, Eastern Kentucky
DL – Randy Robinson, Jacksonville State
LB – Siran Neal, Jacksonville State
LB – Joel McCandless, Jacksonville State
LB – Seth McDonald, Eastern Illinois
LB – Chad Meredith, Southeast Missouri
DB – Marlon Bridges, Jacksonville State
DB – Kahlid Hagens, UT Martin
DB – Jaylen Hill, Jacksonville State
DB – Ezra Robinson, Tennessee State
PK – Lane Clark, Tennessee State
P – Alex Knight, Southeast Missouri
RS – Cameron Sanders, Southeast Missouri
RS – Chris Rowland, Tennessee State