NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State landed eight players on the Phil Steele Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team.
Senior cornerback Nick Harper, Jr., senior offensive lineman Cam Durley and junior punter Kaleb Mosley highlighted the group of honored Tigers. Harper, Durley and Mosley were selected to the first team a week after being selected by the OVC a week ago as preseason all-conference. Junior Adrian Sims and senior transfer Mike Arnold earned a spot on the second team, while sophomore Terray Jones, Junior Jahsun Bryant and senior Domonique Williams were named to the third team.
Sims moves from the defensive line to fullback in 2020 and looks to fill the shoes of graduated Tiger Andrew Knox. The Big Blue is known in the OVC for producing a strong group of blocking backs. Knox also contributed in the rushing and passing game, finishing his career with 51 carries for 145 yards and three touchdowns. Knox also caught 12 passes for 83 yards with his lone scoring reception coming at Vanderbilt in 2018.
Arnold spent four years at Florida State University and comes to TSU as a graduate transfer with one season of eligibility remaining. A Rivals four-star prospect, Arnold played in 24 games, starting 13 at right guard, over the last two seasons for the Seminoles.
Jones enters his second season with TSU after a strong rookie campaign where he was named a Phil Steele Freshman all-American. Jones played in 10 games, starting eight, at defensive tackle last year and collected 16 tackles, nine solo. The second year lineman became a challenge for opposing lines as he tallied 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two quarterback hurries and forced a fumble.
Bryant played in seven games, starting six at linebacker before suffering a season ending injury. Despite missing over five games, Bryant finished eighth on the team with 41 tackles, 22 solo, 3.5 for loss, one sack and one pass breakup.
Williams was also slowed down by injuries a season ago, playing in just six games, starting five at cornerback. Williams recorded 21 tackles, 16 solo, one for loss, forced a fumble and broke up six passes.