EKU's Hood named OVC coach of year

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Eastern Kentucky Coach Dean Hood was named the Ohio Valley Conference's coach of the year Tuesday after guiding the Colonels to the league championship in his first season at the school.

Tennessee State running back Javarris Williams was voted the offensive player of the year as the league split its top honors among four different schools.

Murray State linebacker Nathan Williams is the defensive player of the year, and receiver Tim Benford of Tennessee Tech was named the freshman of the year in balloting by coaches and the league's sports information directors.

Jacksonville State and Tennessee State had 11 players apiece named to the All-OVC teams.

Hood led Eastern Kentucky to an 8-3 record the Colonels' 20th OVC championship.

Williams ran for 4,329 yards in his career at Tennessee State, the fifth-highest total in OVC history and fourth-highest nationally among active players. He ran for 1,037 yards and 15 touchdowns in 10 games. Williams had a rare sixth-year of eligibility this season due to season-ending injuries in 2004 and 2007, and he turned in 179 tackles.