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Govs picked 13th in Athlon preseason poll

APSU Athletics Communications

By Cody Bush

APSU Athletics Communications

NEW YORK CITY – Austin Peay, the defending Ohio Valley Conference champion, continues to earn preseason recognition, Athlon Sports magazine picking it No. 13 in its preseason Top 25 poll, Tuesday.

In addition, Athlon Sports named 2019 consensus All-American Kordell Jackson to its Preseason FCS All-America Team, Wednesday.

It is the second time the Governors have been tabbed among the FCS’ top teams, following last week’s No. 13 preseason ranking by HERO sports. Austin Peay returns 14 starters and 65 athletes from last season’s team that reached the NCAA Division I Football Championship’s quarterfinal round.

Joining the Govs among the Top 25 are 2020 opponents Central Arkansas (No. 11) and Jacksonville State (No. 24).

Jackson, a Birmingham, Alabama native, earned his second Preseason All-America nod. The OVC leader in interceptions last season (seven) was responsible for 10 of the Govs 25 turnovers gained. When he wasn’t providing lockdown protection, Jackson could often be found in the opposing backfield, with eight of his 47 tackles resulting in lost yardage.

Ranked No. 13 in HERO Sports FCS Top 25 Preseason Poll, Wednesday, Austin Peay is scheduled to open its 2020 campaign with the Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff against preseason Central Arkansas, Aug. 29 in Montgomery, Alabama. The Governors first appearance at Fortera Stadium is its Sept. 12 OVC opener against UT Martin, which received votes in the HERO Sports Preseason Poll.

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