COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Judging from the recent release of its preseason all-OVC squad, College Sports Madness ios convinced there is a host of talent scattered around the Tennessee Tech lineup. A total of eleven Golden Eagles are included on the preseason all-OVC teams, with eight on the defensive side and three on the offense.
The website has tabbed Tennessee State's Ron Reed as the preseason OVC Coach of the Year, while individual player honors went to Jacksonville State runningback DeMarcus James as the Offensive Player of the Year and UT Martin's Tony Bell as the Defensive Player of the Year.
For coach Watson Brown's Golden Eagles, linebacker Tra'Darius Goff and safety Marty Jones each earned first-team defense honors. On the second-team defense are safety Austin Tallant, cornerback Demario Donnell, and return specialist Ladarius Vanlier. The third-team defense includes defensive end Midoho Okpokoruruk, linebacker Jay Rudwall and cornerback Bill Dillard. The third-team offensive group inclues lienman Jibrin Linge, receiver Krys Cates and placekicker Zach Sharp.
First Team Defense
LB Tra'Darius Goff, Tennessee Tech
DB Marty Jones, Tennessee Tech
Second Team Defense
DB Austin Tallant, Tennessee Tech
DB Demario Donnell, Tennessee Tech
PR Ladarius Vanlier, Tennessee Tech
Third Team Defense
DL Midoho Okpokowuruk, Tennessee Tech
LB Jay Rudwall, Tennessee Tech
DB Bill Dillard, Tennessee Tech
Third Team Offense
WR Krys Cates, Tennessee Tech
OL Jibrin Linge, Tennessee Tech
PK Zach Sharp, Tennessee Tech
Busy day ahead on Saturday....be a part of the action
The second annual Women's Clinic is set for this Saturday, with some openings remaining but space is limited to the first 100 women who register. The event is free. The group will begin with a tour of Tech's football facilities, including the Athletic Performance Center, followed by a session with head coach Watson Brown. Each participant receives a specially designed tote bag. Toregister, call 931-372-3940.
The Women's Clinic is part of Saturday'sGathering of Eagles, which begins at 10 a.m. with a Kids Zone. At noon, fans are invited into the stadium for a picnic lunch including hot dogs and Pepsi drinks. At 1 p.m., the Golden Eagles will compete in their second scrimmage of fall camp.
Following the scrimmage, fans will have the chance to meet all of the Golden Eagle players and get autographs.
The entire Gathering of Eagles is free.
Season tickets are on
The Golden Eagles will host six home football games during the 2014 season, opening against Kentucky Christian on Thursday, Aug. 28. After that, Tech will welcome Murray State on Saturday, Oct. 4 (7 p.m.), Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 18 (7 p.m.), Eastern Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 1 (1:30 p.m.), Southeast Missouri for Homecoming on Saturday, Nov. 8 (1:30 p.m.), and Chattanooga on Saturday, Nov. 15 (1:30 p.m.).
For season ticket information, contact the Tennessee Tech Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center or call 931-372-3940. Tickets are also on sale online at TTUsports.com.