Racers’ Brockman seen as top offensive player
Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 12:00 pm
Murray State senior quarterback Casey Brockman was named 2012 OVC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Southeast Missouri State senior linebacker Blake Peiffer was tabbed OVC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in a vote of by the league’s head football coaches and sports information directors.
Eastern Kentucky led the way with 10 selections on the preseason team while Murray State, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech had three picks apiece.
Returning players who were first-team All-OVC selections last season (13 in total) were automatic selections to the preseason team this year.
The squad also included nine players who were second-team selections in 2011. Of the 26 total selections, 18 were seniors, six were juniors and two were sophomores.
The offensive unit was led by Brockman, tabbed Preseason Player of the Year for the second-straight season.
Brockman set numerous OVC records last season while throwing for 3,276 yards and 25 touchdowns, rushing for four touchdowns and even catching a pair of touchdown passes.
He enters this season with a chance to become the OVC’s all-time leader in passing yards.
Defensively, Peiffer ranked third nationally in tackles per game last season (13.7), finishing the year with a school single-season record 151 total stops.
Four linebackers joined Peiffer on the team, including Eastern Kentucky juniors Anthony Brown (59 tackles) and Ichiro Vance (78 tackles) and the Murray State duo of senior Sam Small (115 tackles) and junior Qua Huzzie (80 tackles).Published in The WCP 7.24.12