Six Golden Eagles listed on College Sports Madness all-OVC team

Six Golden Eagles listed on College Sports Madness all-OVC team

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Six members of the Tennessee Tech football team have been recognized with listing on the preseason all-OVC team selected by College Sports Madness, a national college athletics website. Tech had one player, punter Chad Zinchini, listed on the first-team, while three players earned second-team honors and two more are third-team picks.

Zinchini led the OVC and ranked fourth in the nation in punting average as a junior in 2012. It is the third different preseason all-OVC team selection for Zinchini, who was also a preseason All-America pickby The Sports Network.

Wide receiver Cody Matthews is Tech's lone offensive selection, earning second-team consideration. As a sophomore, he ranked second on the team in receptions with 28 for 477 yards and four touchdowns. He was joined on the second-team by senior defensive tackle Jordan Johnson and sophomore Ladarius Vanlier. Johnson finished the year with 19 total tackles, while Vanlier led Tech in all-purpose yards with 1,065.

Tech's third-team picks are junior safety Austin Tallant and junior cornerback Bill Dillard. Tallant ranked second on the team in total tackles in 2012 with 94, while Dillard was fifth on the squad with 73 stops.

The Golden Eagles report to fall camp on Friday, Aug. 2, and begin drills on Saturday following the team's annual Photo Day session in the morning in Tucker Stadium.

Fans will have a couple of chances to watch the squad during fall camp, including the annual Gathering of Eagles on Saturday, Aug. 17. The season opens THursday night, Aug. 29, with a 7 p.m. contest against Cumberland University.

Season tickets to follow the Golden Eagles are currently on sale at the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center, or by calling (931) 372-3940. Tickets may also be purchased online at

QB    Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois             
DL    Earnest Smith, Austin Peay            
DL    Shawn Shupperd, Eastern Kentucky DL    Shawn Shupperd, Eastern Kentucky         
RB    Jaamal Berry, Murray State 
DL    Antonio Harper, Tennessee State
WR    Walter Powell, Murray State            
DL    D.J. Roberts, Tennessee-Martin 
WR    Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois                 
LB    Anthony Brown, Eastern Kentucky
WR    Jeremy Butler, Tennessee-Martin LB    Ichiro Vance, Eastern Kentucky
TE    A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State
LB    Ben Johnson, Tennessee-Martin
OL    Justin Meredith, Eastern Kentucky LB    Nick Thrasher, Tennessee State
OL    Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State DB    Steven Godbolt, Tennessee State
OL    Dominic Pagliara, Eastern Illinois
DB    Brandon Stanley, Eastern Kentucky
OL    Collin Seibert, Eastern Illinois DB    Nick Beard, Eastern Illinois
OL    Tyler Eady, UT Martin       
DB    Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State
K    Jamin Godfrey, Tennessee State P    Chad Zinchini, Tennessee Tech
KR    Walter Powell, Murray State PR    Walter Powell, Murray State
QB    Michael German, Tennessee State DL    Iosua Siliva, Austin Peay
RB    Telvin Hooks, Tennessee State
DL    Pat Wertz, Eastern Illinois
RB    Taylor Duncan, Eastern Illinois DL    Jordan Johnson, Tennessee Tech
WR    Cody Matthews, Tennessee Tech DL    David Carter, Eastern Kentucky
WR    Spencer Davis, SEMO LB    Ben Endress, Jacksonville State
WR    D.J. Foster, SEMO 
LB    Rashad Smith, Jacksonville State
TE    Luke Smith, Jacksonville State LB    Sam Small, Murray State 
OL    Travon Carter, Eastern Kentucky LB    Robert Haynes, Eastern Illinois
OL    Max Holcombe, Jacksonville State DB    Brandon Wicks, Murray State 
OL    Charles Sweeton, Tennessee-Marti DB    Thad Williams, Tennessee-Martin
OL    Harris Bivin, Murray State 
DB    Jermaine Hough, Jacksonville State
OL    Demetrius Rhaney, Tennessee State DB    Rashod Byers, Jacksonville State
K    Cameron Berra, Eastern Illinois 
P    James Satterfield, Tennessee-Martin
KR    Kevin Barfield, UT Martin PR    Ladarius Vanlier, Tennessee Tech
QB    Scott Lathrop, SEMO DL    Anthony Bass, Tennessee State
RB    Reco Williams, Austin Peay DL    Jeremy Brackett, Murray State
RB    Duane Brady, Murray State DL    Samquan Evans, Tennessee State
WR    Nevar Griffin, Murray State DL    Ayo Ojolola, Murray State
WR    Joe Bowens, Tennessee State LB    Tony Bell, Tennessee-Martin
WR    Terrence Oliver, Austin Peay LB    LeQuince McCall, Eastern Illinois
TE    Matt Lengel, Eastern Kentucky LB    Qua Huzzie, Murray State
OL    Zach Littlefield, Murray State LB    Daniel Siehndel, SEMO   
OL    Ben Schmidt, SEMO DB    Jourdan Wickliffe, Eastern Illinois
OL    Drew Kelley, Murray State DB    Austin Tallant, Tennessee Tech
OL    Robert Myers, Tennessee State DB    Steven Rich, Austin Peay
OL    Mathew Axline, UT Martin DB    Bill Dillard, Tennessee Tech
K     Jordan Benton, Murray Stat P       Steven Mix, Murray State
KR    Telvin Brown, Jacksonville State PR    Telvin Brown, Jacksonville State