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German and Harper Earn Weekly OVC Accolades
Sunday, October 16, 2011
For the third week in a row, Tennessee State University grabbed weekly honors from the Ohio Valley Conference. On Sunday, it was announced by the league office that quarterback Michael German was the adidas OVC Newcomer of the Week, while Antonio Harper earned Defensive Player of the Week after TSU's 42-40 victory at No. 19 Tennessee Tech.

German, a native of Pompano Beach, Fla., completed 19 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns against the Golden Eagles. He also rushed for 15 yards and a touchdown. The redshirt freshman helped lead the TSU offense to 398 offensive yards, while throwing for 200-plus yards for the third consecutive game.

The quarterback has not thrown an interception in 131 attempts this season. With his performance on Saturday, German has tossed 76 completions for 1,115 yards and eight touchdowns in six games. Sunday's honor marked the third consecutive week that German has been earned Newcomer of the Week by the OVC.

Harper garnered his first accolade in his career. The redshirt sophomore totaled a career-high nine tackles. He recorded a team-best 4 tackles-for-loss, picked up a team-high 2.5 sacks and forced a Tennessee Tech fumble.

In the fourth quarter with Tennessee Tech in makeable field goal range, Harper picked up a crucial sack of quarterback Tre Lamb to push the Golden Eagles back six yards. On the next play, TTU's Zack Sharp missed a 42-yard field goal that could have cut TTU's deficit to single digits. 

Harper later picked up another sack in the final minutes of the game to again derail the Golden Eagles comeback.

The Memphis, Tenn., native leads TSU with 6.5 tackles-for-loss and is tied for team lead with 3.5 sacks in seven games this season.

The Tigers (3-4, 2-2 OVC) visit Eastern Kentucky University next weekend for a 2 p.m. (CT) kickoff in Richmond, Ky