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Four players from the Ohio Valley Conference made their way to Indianapolis for NFL Combine this weekend. Competing in drills, physicals, Wonderlic tests, interviews, players fought for attention in hopes of getting drafted into the NFL.

A.C. Leonard- Tight End- Tennessee State

Leonard battled injuries last season for the Tigers but when he was healthy, the Tigers offense was at a different level. Leonard’s performance at the Combine will be getting him more workouts as he ranked near the top in almost every category.

DrillTime/RepsRank among position
40-yard dash4.501st out of 15
Bench Press20 repsTied for 10th out of 15
Vertical Jump34.0 inches3rd out of 17
Broad Jump128 inchesTied for 1st out of 16


Jimmy Garoppolo- Quarterback- Eastern Illinois

The OVC record book for quarterbacks is called the Garoppolo book, and Garoppolo’s biggest question was his height and hand size. Coming in at 6’2 frame with 9 1/4″ hands he meets the requirement for quarterback hands according to scouts. Garoppolo was one of the few QB’s that did throw during the combine.

DrillTime/RepsRank among position
40-yard dash4.9712 out of 16
Vertical Jump30.5 inchesT-6 out of 17
Broad Jump9ft 2inchesT-7 out of 17
Three Cone Drill7.043rd out of 16
20 yard shuttle4.269 out of 17


Kadeem Edwards- Offensive Line- Tennessee State

Probably the long shot of the four from the OVC to hear his named called on draft day, Edwards performed well enough at the Senior Bowl to get invited to Indy. Edwards has the versatility to play every position on the offensive line, something coaches like in the NFL as small rosters require the ability for more than just a guard or tackle.

DrillTime/RepRank among position
40 yard dash5.2521 out of 40
Bench Press26T-16 out of 40
Vertical Jump27inches20 out of 42
Broad Jump8ft 3 inches30 out of 38
Three Cone Drill7.9524 out of 37
20 yard shuttle4.8224 out of 37


Walter Powell- Wide Receiver- Murray State

Powell was the player to watch for most scouts as he hadn’t played since an injury suffered against Eastern Illinois. Powell’s pro prospects are likely to be his ability to return kicks and punts while being a slot receiver. However, Powell’s numbers on the day weren’t that impressive against a very deep draft.

DrillTime/RepRank among position
40-yard dash4.6340 out of 45
Bench Press10 repsT-28 out of 37
Vertical Jump31.5 in37 out of 42
Broad Jump10ftT-21 out of 40
3 Cone Drill6.7031 out of 38
20-yard Shuttle4.23 23 out of 38

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Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24