Former college football coach and athletic administrator Jack Lengyel has been chosen as the 2018 recipient of the AFCA's highest honor, the Tuss McLaughry Award. Lengyel will receive the award at the American Football Coaches Awards on January 9 during the 2018 AFCA Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Rivals located just 50 miles apart will meet for the 57th time on the gridiron on Saturday night in Martin. The series has seen a lot of offense in recent years with the winning team having scored at least 38 points in each of the last 20 meetings. UT Martin has won the last six games and 11 of the last 12 overall in the series after Murray State won 12-straight from 1993-2004.

Ashland (Ohio) handed then-No. 2 Ferris State (Mich.) a 20-3 loss and landed in the 20th spot of this week's AFCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll for the first time this season. The loss dropped Ferris State 13 places to No. 15. Northwest Missouri State still sits at No. 1, followed by new No. 2 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 3 Shepherd (W.Va.), No. 4 Indiana (Pa.) and No. 5 California (Pa.).

A pair of nationally-ranked foes will open Ohio Valley Conference play against each other in a pivotal FCS contest for two teams who were a combined 5-1 in non-conference play and are in search of an OVC Championship. It also marks the kickoff to the Sgt. York Trophy series which is contested between the four OVC schools from the state of Tennessee.

The Ohio Valley Conference announced player of the week honors with UT Martin's Ladarius Galloway, Eastern Kentucky's Jeffrey Canady, and Tennessee State's Jeffrey Canady all taking home honors.