NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State senior running back Charles Anthony has received the honor of being selected as the 2004 Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year as selected by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors.
The award is the latest for the senior All-American and Payton Award candidate. Anthony finished his career last season as the OVC's second all-time leading career rusher with 5,057 rushing yards.
Anthony surpassed the 1,700-yard mark for the second consecutive season, re-setting his own TSU record with 1,739 yards on 306 carries. His average of 158.1 yards per game leads all of Division I-AA football. He also had 318 receiving yards with two TD's and currently is third nationally in all-purpose yardage (187.0 ypg).
The 5-11, 195-pound Orlando, Fla., resident ran for a touchdown in all but the final game of the season. He was second in the league in scoring (8.7 ppg).
A two-time All-OVC first team selection, Anthony recorded a total of 26 100-yard rushing efforts during his career, including 20 in the past 23 games. For the second straight year, Anthony is one of 16 finalists for the Walter Payton Award, which honors the top offensive player in Division I-AA. He finished fifth in the Payton Award balloting last year while also earning consensus All-American honors.
Anthony is the first TSU player to receive the Offensive Player of the Year honor since Leon Murray won the award in 1998.