Jax State QB Jenkins, coach Grass earn OVC honors
Top-ranked JSU (10-1) repeated as OVC champs and earned the No. 1 seed in this year's playoffs.
Grass is the first coach to begin his career 16-0 in OVC play. Jenkins is one of 12 Gamecocks on the All-OVC first team. He threw for 18 touchdowns and 2,185 yards and ran for 640 yards and eight TDs.
Tackle Dino Fanti of Eastern Illinois and end Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence were named co-defensive players of the year, marking just the second time the award has been shared. The other came in 1987.
Southeast Missouri quarterback Dante Vandeven was tabbed the league's freshman of the year.
OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE AWARDS=
Offensive Player of the Year: QB Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville St.
Freshman of the Year: QB Dante Vandeven, SE Missouri
Coach of the Year: John Grass, Jacksonville St.
OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM=
QB Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville St.
RB Troymaine Pope, Jacksonville St.
RB Tremane McCullough, SE Missouri
WR Paul McRoberts, SE Missouri
WR Josh Barge, Jacksonville St.
TE Ben Madon, E. Kentucky
C Casey Dunn, Jacksonville St.
OG Adam Wright, Jacksonville St.
OG Blake Burks, Jacksonville St.
OT Justin Lea, Jacksonville St.
OT Brett Eyckmans, E. Kentucky
DL Noah Spence, E. Kentucky
DL Dino Fanti, E. Illinois
DL Chris Landrum, Jacksonville St.
LB Kamu Grugier-Hill, E. Illinois
LB Dawson Wells, Jacksonville St.
DB Jourdan Wickliffe, E. Illinois
DB Brandon Bender, Jacksonville St.
DB Jermaine Hough, Jacksonville St.
DB Folo Johnson, Jacksonville St.
K Lucas Williams, E. Kentucky
P Keith Wrzuszczak, E. Kentucky