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OVCBall’s Unsung Hero for Week 1 goes to Tre Lamb of TTU. Thanks for your votes!

[Original Post] We have a tradition at OVC Ball. Every Tuesday, after the OVC has named their players of the week, we like to tack on one more award.

We call it the “Unsung Hero”

As the name implies, it goes to a player who has not been recognized as a player of the week, but there’s kind of a twist. They can’t have been named at any point throughout the year as a player of the week, or an unsung hero.

And this year, I’m leaving the choice solely up to you.

Each week, I’ll nominate 3 candidates (one offensive, one defensive, and one special teams) and you’ll have 24 hours to vote on who you want as the Unsung Hero of the week. I’ll announce the winner Wednesday morning.

This week’s nominees:

Who should be the OVC Ball Unsung Hero for Week 1?

  • Tre Lamb, Tennessee Tech (24-35, 339 Yards, 4 TD's vs Hampton) (45%, 10 Votes)
  • Joe Vucic, SEMO (5 Punts, 47.6 Average, 68 Longest) (32%, 7 Votes)
  • DJ Bland, Eastern Illinois (1 INT, 1 FF, 6 Tackles vs SIU) (23%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 22

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And below the jump, the players ineligible, by winning a POW award.


Jimmy Garoppolo, QB • Jr., 6-3, 206 • Arlington Heights, Ill. • Eastern Illinois

Garoppolo became just the seventh Eastern Illinois quarterback to pass for five or more touchdowns in a game as the Panthers opened the season with a 49-28 win over rival Southern Illinois. The junior completed 32-of-49 passes for a career-high 369 yards and five touchdowns. Garoppolo threw touchdowns passes to four different receivers and the touchdowns went for 2, 14, 50, 11 and 31 yards. The five touchdowns moved him into fifth in EIU history (39) while the 369 passing yards were the 15th-best single-game effort in school history.


Brooklyn Fox, DB • R-Sr., 6-4, 215 • Tulsa, Okla. • Eastern Kentucky

Fox intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble in Eastern Kentucky’s season-opening loss at Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) foe Purdue. The senior’s first interception came on the Boilermakers first drive of the game, picking off a pass at EKU’s own 34-yard line. Fox also picked off a pass at the EKU 30-yard line in the second quarter, returning it 46 yards to the Purdue 24-yard line. The fumble recovery came early in the fourth quarter, setting the Colonels up at the Purdue 20-yard line. Fox was the first EKU player to tally three turnovers in a game since 2009 (Patrick McClellan).


Cody Sandlin, K • Sr., 6-2, 180 • Goodlettsville, Tenn. • UT Martin

After missing his first two field goal attempts of the night, Sandlin was money when it mattered, converting two field goals in the final five minutes of the game to give UT Martin a 20-17 victory at Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) foe Memphis. The win was the first for the Skyhawks over a FBS opponent and just the 19th all-time win for an OVC team against the higher subdivision. With 4:52 to play Sandlin connected on a 26-yard attempt to give UTM a 17-10 advantage. His most important kick of the game came with four seconds remaining, as the senior connected from 43-yards out to break a 17-17 tie and give the Skyhawks the victory.


Troymaine Pope, RB • Fr., 5-9, 198 • Anniston, Ala. • Jacksonville State

In his collegiate debut Pope carried the ball 14 times for 65 yards (4.6 yards/carry) and caught a 19-yard touchdown pass in Jacksonville State’s loss at No. 10 Arkansas. The touchdown catch came with 40 seconds to play in the first quarter and tied the game at seven against the high-powered Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team. Pope had a long run of 23 yards in the contest and was the team’s leading rusher.


Da’Rick Rogers, WR • Jr., 6-3, 205 • Calhoun, Ga. • Tennessee Tech

In his Tennessee Tech debut Rogers, the transfer from Tennessee who joined the team just days before the game, caught three passes for 75 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown with four seconds to play in the first half. That touchdown was setup by his 52-yard catch earlier in the same drive. The score put Tennessee Tech up 24-7 in a game it would go on to win 41-31.

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2017-18 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 0-0 2-0
Tennessee Tech 0-0 1-1
Murray State 0-0 1-1
Southeast Missouri* 0-0 1-1
Belmont 0-0 1-1
Eastern Kentucky 0-0 1-1
Tennessee State 0-0 1-1
Eastern Illinois 0-0 0-1
SIUE 0-0 0-1
Austin Peay 0-0 0-2
Morehead State 0-0 0-2
UT Martin 0-0 0-2

*Ineligible for postseason (APR)