2020 Austin Peay State vs. Central Arkansas in Cramton Bowl Preview

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

After a several month hiatus, the college football season is back. The sport returns on Saturday despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Some schools have shut down their college football teams for the fall season. They’re losing out on millions of dollars by not playing in the fall.

Austin Peay State wide receiver DeAngelo Wilson runs following a reception against the Mercer Bears
DeAngelo Wilson runs following a reception against the Mercer Bears (Photo by Austin Peay State Athletics)

There are some, who believe that they can play in the spring, then play again in fall 2021. However, that’s not going to happen.

Austin Peay State Governors and Central Arkansas Bears will kick off the college football season on Saturday night in the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff will start at 9 pm EST on ESPN.

This game is the only game of “Week 0” of the college football season.

The Governors finished the 2019 season with an 11-4 season under former head coach Mark Hudspeth. During the off-season, he elected to leave the team.

Marquesa Lovings will serve as the interim head coach.

The Bears were 9-4 during the 2019 season. The 9-4 mark was the best season under Nathan Brown’s two-year tenure.

Breylin Smith returns after being the team’s starting quarterback during the 2019 season. Smith went 316 of 490 for 3,704 yards in 13 games, while throwing 32 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions.

It could lead the Bears onto the field when the offensive side of the ball takes the field against the Governors.

Carlos Blackman led the team in rushing during the 2019 season. However, he will not be apart of the team this season, as he graduated.

Blackman led the team with 167 carries for 698 yards and eight touchdowns.

Kierre Crossley could be the team’s featured back this season. He had the second-most yards last season, has he had 84 carries for 303 yards.

Tyler Hudson was the Bears leading receiver last season. He’ll be back for another season.

As a freshman, Hudson had a team-high 55 receptions for 975 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 12 touchdowns were the second-most in Central Arkansas team history, while the 975 yards were the fifth-most in a season.

The Governors offensive attack will look different this season, as their starting quarterback and running back will not return from last season. Both JaVaugh Craig and Kentel Williams have graduated.

Craig went 234 of 406 for 3,208 yards. He also had 28 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions.

Jeremiah Oatsvall could be the team’s starting quarterback on Saturday. He went 26 of 42 for 237 yards, while throwing three touchdown passes and three interceptions.

Other potential options include Draylen Ellis, Vito Priore, Collier Pecht, Kam Williams, and Bryce Robinson. If Oatsvall is not starting, Priore could potentially start, as he had 14 starts over the last two seasons with the Rhode Island Rams.

He started 10 games with the Rams during the 2019 season. He passed for 3,268 yards and threw 22 touchdown passes.

Williams was the team’s featured back last season. He had 175 carries for 895 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Ahmaad Tanner may be the team’s featured back this season. Last season, he had 109 carries for 408 yards and five touchdowns.

DeAngelo Wilson will return for his final season. He had 89 receptions for 1,564 yards last season with 15 touchdowns.

Wilson was just the third wide receiver to surpass 1,000 yards in a season.

The Bears defense gave up 26.6 points per game. The Governors defense allowed 20.60 points per contest.

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