Austin Peay seeks growth in 2017

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(STATS) - Austin Peay will face a pair of FBS programs for the third straight season whiles it tries to rebuild its struggling program under second-year coach Will Healy.

The Governors went 0-11 last season as Healy began to position his team around a young nucleus.

This year, they will open the season at Cincinnati on Aug. 31 and Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 9 before facing FCS opponents in the remainder of their 11-game schedule.

Included are five home games at Fortera Stadium: against Morehead State (Sept. 16) and Ohio Valley Conference members UT Martin (Sept. 30), Jacksonville State (Oct. 7), Southeast Missouri State (Oct. 21) and Eastern Illinois (Nov. 18).

2017 Austin Peay schedule

Aug. 31, at Cincinnati

Sept. 9, at Miami (Ohio)

Sept. 16, Morehead State

Sept. 23, at Murray State*

Sept. 30, UT Martin*

Oct. 7, Jacksonville State*

Oct. 14 at Tennessee State*

Oct. 21, Southeast Missouri State*

Nov. 4, at Tennessee Tech*

Nov. 11, at Eastern Kentucky*

Nov. 18, Eastern Illinois*

* - OVC game