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Tennessee State sophomore linebacker Nick Thrasher was named adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday.

Thrasher had a game-high 12 tackles, including nine solo stops, and a key sack as No. 24 TSU improved to 6-0 on the season with a 23-20 come-from-behind victory over No. 16 Eastern Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.

With the Tigers trailing by four points late in the fourth quarter, Thrasher sacked EKU quarterback T.J. Pryor on a 3rd and 6 at the TSU 29-yard line and the Colonels were unable to convert on fourth down, setting up TSU for the game-winning drive, which covered 68 yards on 13 plays.

The Morrow, Ga., native leads the team with 55 tackles, including six-and-a-half tackles for loss.

The Tigers defense is one of only two FCS teams to have not given up more than 20 points in a game this season.

Thrasher is the first Tiger to be named defensive player of the week since
Antonio Harper won the honor on November 6, 2011.

This is the third time this season that TSU has had a conference player of the week. Running back Trabis Ward was named co-offensive player of the week on September 9, followed by quarterback Michael German on September 16.

The Tigers go on the road next week to take on Southeast Missouri State (2-3, 1-1 OVC). Kick off is at 6 p.m.

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