Lora, Peiffer lead All-OVC awards

Brentwood, TN - (Sports Network) - Eastern Illinois redshirt junior wide receiver Erik Lora was named the Ohio Valley Conference's offensive player of the year and Southeast Missouri State senior linebacker Blake Peiffer gained defensive player of the year honors Tuesday.

Lora, a Walter Payton Award finalist, has set an FCS record for receptions in a season with 124 heading into Eastern Illinois' playoff game on Saturday. He also leads the FCS with 1,531 receiving yards and has caught 12 touchdowns.

Peiffer, a Buck Buchanan Award finalist, had 117 tackles, eight tackles fo loss, two forced fumbles and a pass breakup this season.

The same schools combined to win the other two honors. EIU's Dino Babers was named the Roy Kidd Coach of the Year, while SEMO quarterback Scott Lathrop earned the freshman of the year award.

Tennessee State led the way with six All-OVC first-team selections, including five on the offensive side of the ball.

2012 All-OVC First Team


QB - Casey Brockman, Murray State

RB - Matt Denham, Eastern Kentucky

RB - Trabis Ward, Tennessee State

WR - Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois

WR - Quentin Sims, UT Martin

TE - A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State

C - Sherman Carter, Tennessee State

OG - Collin Seibert, Eastern Illinois

OG - Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State

OT - Aaron Adams, Eastern Kentucky

OT - Rogers Gaines, Tennessee State


DL - Artavious Dowdell, Eastern Illinois

DL - Robert Knowles, Eastern Kentucky

DL - DeMitrio Tyson, Jacksonville State

DL - Montori Hughes, UT Martin

LB - Anthony Brown, Eastern Kentucky

LB - Blake Peiffer, Southeast Missouri

LB - Ben Johnson, UT Martin

DB - Nick Beard, Eastern Illinois

DB - Brooklyn Fox, Eastern Kentucky

DB - Tylor Brock, Southeast Missouri

DB - Steven Godbolt, Tennessee State


PK - Cameron Berra, Eastern Illinois

P - Chad Zinchini, Tennessee Tech

RS - Walter Powell, Murray State