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Jacksonville State has been picked the preseason favorite in the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference football race in a vote of league head coaches and sports information directors. The Gamecocks, who have also been picked preseason favorites in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011, picked up 10 of the 18 first-place votes to top the poll.

On the individual side, Jacksonville State senior running back DaMarcus James was named the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year while Tennessee State senior defensive end Anthony Bass was named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Eastern Illinois and Jacksonville State each had eight Preseason All-OVC selections to lead all teams. Tennessee State had six picks, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin had two apiece while Eastern Kentucky and Southeast Missouri each had one.

The Gamecocks got 118 total points to out-distance two-time defending champion Eastern Illinois in the vote. The Panthers picked up four first-place votes and 110 total points in being picked second. Tennessee State picked up the other four first-place votes and was third with 107 points. Those three teams each qualified for and won games in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs last season.

Eastern Kentucky was picked fourth (82 points) and was followed in the poll by UT Martin (79), Murray State (54), Tennessee Tech (48), Southeast Missouri State (34) and Austin Peay (16).

The full poll results are below


2014 OVC Preseason Football Predicted Order of Finish

1. Jacksonville State (10 first-place votes) – 118

2. Eastern Illinois (4) – 110

3. Tennessee State (4) – 107

4. Eastern Kentucky – 82

5. UT Martin – 79

6. Murray State – 54

7. Tennessee Tech – 48

8. Southeast Missouri – 34

9. Austin Peay – 16


2014 Preseason All-OVC Football Team

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: DaMarcus James (RB), Jacksonville State

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Bass (DL), Tennessee State


QB – Michael German, Tennessee State

QB – Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville State

RB – DaMarcus James, Jacksonville State

RB – Shepard Little, Eastern Illinois

WR – Adam Drake, Eastern Illinois

WR – Josh Barge, Jacksonville State

WR – Paul McRoberts, Southeast Missouri

TE – Jeff LePak, Eastern Illinois

C – Max Holcombe, Jacksonville State

OG – Collin Seibert, Eastern Illinois

OG – Blake Burks, Jacksonville State

OT – Charles Sweeton, UT Martin

OT – Robert Myers, Tennessee State


DL – Anthony Bass, Tennessee State

DL – Dino Fanti, Eastern Illinois

DL – Caleb Lawrence, Jacksonville State

DL – Chris Landrum, Jacksonville State

LB – Nick Thrasher, Tennessee State

LB – Tony Bell, UT Martin

LB – Robert Haynes, Eastern Illinois

LB – Tra’Darius Goff, Tennessee Tech

DB – Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State

DB – Jourdan Wickliffe, Eastern Illinois

DB – Marty Jones, Tennessee Tech

DB – De’Ante Saunders, Tennessee State


K – Andrew Lloyd, Eastern Kentucky

P – Hamish MacInnes, Jacksonville State

RS – Shepard Little, Eastern Illinois

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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