WIDE RECEIVER NAMED ADIDAS OVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK, COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
November 18, 2012
MARTIN, Tenn. – Senior wide receiver Quentin Sims was named the adidas Ohio Valley Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his effort in The University of Tennessee at Martin’s 35-26 victory over No. 23 Tennessee State Saturday.
In addition, Sims was named College Sports Madness’ OVC Offensive Player of the Week.
Sims set the OVC single-season receiving touchdown record (16) in UT Martin’s season finale victory over No. 23 Tennessee State. He caught eight passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns as the Skyhawks won 35-26 to finish the season 8-3 overall (6-2 OVC).
Sims caught a 32-yard touchdown pass with 10:58 to play in the first quarter and added a season-long 50-yard touchdown three minutes later to put UTM up 14-0. His final touchdown of the day, a 33-yarder, came with 1:10 to play and put the game out of reach.
The 16 touchdown catches in a season broke the previous record of 15 held by each Southeast Missouri’s Willie Ponder (2002) and Samford’s Efrem Hill (2003). Sims caught at least one touchdown pass in every Skyhawk game in 2012 and finished the year with 86 catches (sixth-most in OVC history) for 1,092 yards (10th-most in OVC history).
Austin Peay senior quarterback Jake Ryan also was named adidas OVC Offensive Player of the Week.
Ryan capped his Austin Peay career by completing 27-of-38 passes for 310 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in the Governors 38-31 victory over Tennessee Tech. Ryan became just the second Austin Peay quarterback to throw for over 5,000 yards in his career and he also moved into second place on the APSU career completions list (497). Over his final eight games of the season Ryan tossed 16 touchdowns against only three interceptions.
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