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  MARCH 2 OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Dresser Winn, P/QB, 6-3, 215, R-Jr., Dresden, Tenn., UT Martin,...Winn served as UT Martin's punter for the first time in his collegiate career against Murray State. He tallied seven punts for 299 yards, averaging 42.7 yards/punt with a game-long of 58 yards (the longest punt by a Skyhawk since 2017). Three of his punts went for 50 yards of more and three were downed inside the 20-yard line (with zero touchbacks). Winn later entered on the final two drives for the Skyhawks at quarterback and drove them down the field with 38 yards of total offense and a one-yard rushing touchdown - the fifth rushing touchdown of his career - to make it a one-score game in the final minute. Others Nominated: Matthew Rigney, Austin Peay; Alen Karajic, Jacksonville State; Kenny Doak, Southeast Missouri; Dayron Johnson, Tennessee State. - Ohio Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2022 QB Dresser WinnTennessee-Martin
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-FCS THIRD TEAM: TE Colton Dowell, UT Martin, Jr.,...Hailing from Lebanon, Tenn., Dowell used his 2019 campaign to breakout as a spotlight contributor for the Skyhawk offense en route to All-OVC second team recognition. The Preseason All-OVC standout split time between tight end and wide receiver throughout the season and led the team with 765 receiving yards while ranking second in receptions (38) and touchdowns (four) to garner Sophomore All-American honors by HERO Sports. The athletic target averaged 20.1 yards per reception and tallied 63.8 receiving yards per game. - UT Martin Football

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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL - Austin Pickett, UT Martin,...A Preseason All-OVC honoree, Pickett picked up where he left off last season by anchoring a potent defensive front three. While the Skyhawk defense led the OVC in sacks, the Lake Minneola, Fla. native shared a heavy load in that attack, tallying 38 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks on the season. His 4.5 sacks tied for the team lead while accumulating 34 yards of loss. While he wasn't bringing the opposing quarterback down, he brought the pressure with seven quarterback hurries while tallying one forced fumble at Eastern Kentucky which was returned for a touchdown. Arguably his best contest came at Tennessee Tech where he recorded a career-best eight tackles. - Tennessee-Martin Football

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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Aries Davis, UT Martin,...Hailing from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Davis played and started in all 12 games this season for the Skyhawks at right guard. After redshirting last season following an injury, he returned to action in a big way to lead the Skyhawk offensive line. Anchoring an offensive line which blocked for All-OVC honorees Bachus and Logan, he graded at 86 percent or higher per game while tallying 107 knock downs. - Tennessee-Martin Football

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  2019 OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM (COACHES): QB - John Bachus III, UT Martin,...Bachus, a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award given to the FCS National Freshman of the Year, took over a team that was 2-9 overall (2-6 OVC) last year and started all 12 games in 2019 in helping UT Martin improve to 7-5 overall and 6-2 in the OVC (third place). Bachus ranked 39th nationally and first among freshmen in passing yards (2,549), 24th nationally (and fourth among freshmen) in passing yards per completion (13.56), 48th nationally (and fourth among freshmen) in passing touchdowns (18) and 57th nationally (and fifth among freshmen) in total offense (218.1 yards/game). - Tennessee-Martin Football

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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB - DaVonte Maura, UT Martin,...A Baltimore, Md. native, Maura played and started in all 23 games of his Skyhawk career at cornerback. Maura ranked fifth on the team with 73 total tackles while tallying 3.0 tackles for loss. He ranked third in the league with 11 pass breakups - which sits sixth in program history – while also recording an interception. For his career, he ranks second in UT Martin history with 20 pass breakups. His best game came against nationally ranked Florida in which he tallied 10 tackles while notching 1.5 tackles for loss at Kentucky. - Tennessee-Martin Football

(DS#115 CB) rSr/2020 CB Davonte MauraTennessee-Martin
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): TE - Colton Dowell, UT Martin,...Hailing from Lebanon, Tenn., Dowell posted arguably the biggest breakout season by a Skyhawk in several seasons. The pass-catching tight end ranked second on the team with 38 receptions for 765 yards and four touchdowns. The playmaker averaged 20.1 yards per reception while tallying 63.8 receiving yards per game. He tallied four 100-yard receiving contests against Tennessee Tech, Southeast Missouri, Jacksonville State and Austin Peay. Arguably his best game came against Tennessee Tech where he notched five receptions for 154 yards and two touchdowns – including a 73-yard score. As a whole, Dowell tallied 12 plays of 25 yards or more this season. - Tennessee-Martin Football

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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB - Peyton Logan, UT Martin,...Logan was another Preseason All-OVC selection that lived up to the hype this season before missing the final three games of the season due to injury. A native of Horn Lake, Miss., Logan was in the midst of a breakout season in which he tallied 109 carries for 784 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 87.1 yards per game while tallying four 100-yard rushing performance against Northwestern State (149), Eastern Kentucky (112), Tennessee Tech (107) and Eastern Illinois (109). He also tallied 11 receptions for 119 yards while returning five kickoffs for 108 yards, averaging 21.6 yards per kick return. Despite missing the final three games of the season, his 784 rushing yards still ranked second in the OVC. He totaled 14 plays of 25 yards or more, including three plays of more than 50 yards. - Tennessee-Martin Football

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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RS - Terry Williams, UT Martin,...Hailed as one of the nation's most exciting playmakers, Williams left fans wanting more throughout the season every time he touched the ball. While he led the team with 58 receptions while tallying 581 yards and three touchdowns as a receiver, it was his ability on special teams that takes his game to another level. A native of Southaven, Miss., he tallied 22 punt returns for 397 yards, averaging 18.0 yards per return while ranking as the only player in the country (FCS or FBS) to return multiple punt returns for touchdowns. His 18.0 yards per punt return average ranked second nationally while also ranking 42nd nationally in kick returns (22.4 yards/return). He tallied punt return touchdowns against Northwestern State (55 yards) and Jacksonville State (65 yards) while also busting a season-long 71-yard return at Eastern Kentucky. As a whole, Williams tallied 24 plays of 25 yards or more this season. - Tennessee-Martin Football

(DS#222 WR) Sr/2020 WR Terry WilliamsTennessee-Martin
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  12/23/19 - JaQuez AkinsrSr/2022, Tennessee-Martin, 5-09, 185 (DS#54 FS) + More +

  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES) & ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM (COACHES): DB - JaQuez Akins, UT Martin,...Hot off winning back-to-back national championships at the JUCO level, Akins wasted little time making his presence known in the Division I ranks. A native of Starkville, Miss., Akins ranked second on the team and sixth in the OVC with 92 tackles. Widely known for his hard-hitting body tackles against the nation's elite, he tallied 5.5 tackles for loss while forcing two fumbles. He also recovered a pair of fumbles against Murray State and Austin Peay while notching an interception in the endzone against Eastern Illinois. He eclipsed double figures in the tackle column in three games against Florida, Southern Illinois and Tennessee State with a career-high 12 stops against the Salukis. - Tennessee-Martin Football

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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB - TJ Jefferson, UT Martin,...Known as the team's ultimate leader, Jefferson reached the pinnacle of postseason honors with a first-team recognition after an impressive season. The former walk-on turned captain and starter, played and started in all 12 games at two different linebacker positions. He led the team and ranked fifth in the league with 94 tackles on the season while recording 9.5 tackles for loss totaling 40 yards. His 4.5 sacks ranked tied for first on the team and eighth in the OVC. The Nashville, Tenn., native tallied a team-best 11 quarterback hurries while forcing and recovering a fumble - including a 44-yard return against Eastern Kentucky for a touchdown. Overall, he posted four games with 12 tackles against Northwestern State, Southern Illinois, Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State while tallying a career-high 2.5 sacks at Tennessee Tech. - Tennessee-Martin Football

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  2019 OVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): John Bachus III (QB), UT Martin,...Bachus, a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award given to the FCS National Freshman of the Year, took over a team that was 2-9 overall (2-6 OVC) last year and started all 12 games in 2019 in helping UT Martin improve to 7-5 overall and 6-2 in the OVC (third place). Bachus ranked 39th nationally and first among freshmen in passing yards (2,549), 24th nationally (and fourth among freshmen) in passing yards per completion (13.56), 48th nationally (and fourth among freshmen) in passing touchdowns (18) and 57th nationally (and fifth among freshmen) in total offense (218.1 yards/game).

The redshirt freshman completed 188-of-332 passes (56.6%) for 18 touchdowns while also rushing for 93 net yards and three additional scores. Bachus, who was named OVC Newcomer of the Week four times and OVC Offensive Player of the Week twice during the season, completed 16-of-22 passes for 331 yards and five touchdowns in the team’s win over Tennessee Tech on October 12. Bachus is the second UT Martin player to be named OVC Freshman of the Year, joining running back Don Chapman who won the inaugural award in 2004. - Ohio Valley Football


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  NOV 18 OVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: John Bachus III, QB, 6-2, 210, R-Fr., Pulaski, Tenn., UT Martin,...Bachus completed 16-of-25 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns as UT Martin topped Tennessee State 28-17 to finish the home portion of its schedule 5-0. The redshirt freshman had touchdown passes of seven, 27 and nine yards on the afternoon, with one coming in the first, one in the third and one in the fourth quarter. He also had a 39-yard completion to Colton Dowell. Bachus ranks 19th nationally in passing yards/completion (13.99). This marks the fourth time this season Bachus, a candidate for the Jerry Rice Award, has been named OVC Newcomer of the Week. Others Nominated: Isaiah Hill, Eastern Illinois; Parker McKinney, Eastern Kentucky; Josh Green, Tennessee State. - Ohio Valley Conference Football

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  2019 JERRY RICE AWARD WATCH LIST: John Bachus III, QB, UT Martin: 135 of 236 (57.2 percent), 1,890 yards, 12 TDs, 6 INTs; 74 carries, 143 yards, 3 TDs (9 games),...A native of Pulaski, Tenn., Bachus has been impressive in his first full season in a Skyhawk uniform. Starting in all nine games, Bachus has led the team to six victories while positioning the Skyhawks into first place in the Ohio Valley Conference standings. The signal caller has completed 57.2 percent of his passes with 135 completions on 236 attempts while tallying 1,890 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air. He has also notched three rushing touchdowns on the campaign. Bachus ranks second in the OVC in passer efficiency at 145.3 while throwing for 251.3 yards per game. - STATS FCS/UT Martin Football

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  NOV 4 OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER & NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: John Bachus III, QB, 6-2, 210, R-Fr., Pulaski, Tenn., UT Martin,...Bachus accounted for 268 yards of total offense and two touchdowns as UT Martin topped No. 18 Jacksonville State 22-17, its first win over the Gamecocks since 2012. The redshirt freshman completed 18-of-32 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown and rushed eight times for 23 yards and another score. Bachus completed three passes for over 25 yards including a 26-yard touchdown to Colton Dowell late in the second quarter.

His rushing touchdown came on a 10-yard run earlier in the second quarter to put UTM on the board. Bachus currently ranks 22nd nationally in passing yards per completion (14.0) It marks the second time this season he has been named OVC Offensive Player of the Week. Others Nominated: DeAngelo Wilson, Austin Peay; Daryl McCleskey Jr., Eastern Kentucky; Daniel Santacaterina, Southeast Missouri; Chris Rowland, Tennessee State; David Gist, Tennessee Tech. - Ohio Valley Football


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