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August 12, 2014

Eight defensive, three offensive named preseason all-OVC by College Sports Madness


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 sale
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.