OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE
Offensive Player of the Year: Marquis Terry, RB, Southeast Missouri
Terry is just the second Southeast Missouri player to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors, joining Henry Harris in 2010. Terry played a big part in leading the Redhawks to an 8-3 overall record.
Despite missing parts of three games this season,Terry ranks fifth nationally in rushing touchdowns (14), 13th in total rushing yards (1,162), 14th in all-purpose yards (141.64/game), 15th in rushing (105.6 yards/game), 21st in scoring (8.2 points/game) and 26th in rushing yards/carry (6.21).
In a September victory at Southern Illinois, he had 438 all-purpose yards (311 rushing yards, 114 kick return yards, 13 receiving yards) which is the most by any NCAA player (FBS, FCS, D2 or D3) in a game in 2018. He also added a 200-yard rushing game (in a win over Dayton) and capped the season with four 100-yard rushing performances in his final five outings.
Defensive Player of the Year: Zach Hall, LB, Southeast Missouri
Hall, helped key a defense that ranks first nationally in turnover margin (+2.09/game), turnovers gained (31) and passes intercepted (21) entering the playoffs. The junior tallied 150 tackles (13.6/game), which puts him second nationally (one behind the leader), and one off the SEMO school record.
He had a season-best 22 tackles in the season-opener against FBS foe Arkansas State. Overall, Hall had double-digit tackles in nine of 11 games and had 15 or more tackles in a game on five occasions.
Hall also intercepted four passes, forced four fumbles, and recovered two fumbles, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He tallied 11 tackles-for-loss and had a pair of sacks, a pass breakup, six quarterback hurries, blocked a kick and recorded a safety.
Freshman of the Year: Bailey Fisher, QB, Tennessee Tech
Fisher meant a lot to the Tennessee Tech football team this season; he was named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Freshman of the Year. He led the Golden Eagles in total offense with 2,027 yards. He ended the 2018 campaign with 1,681 yards and 11 touchdowns on 139-of-268 passing, with seven interceptions. On the ground, he was Tech’s No. 2 rusher, picking up 346 yards and two touchdowns on 106 carries.