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Tennessee Football: Five Austin Peay Governors to watch for against Vols

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It’s almost impossible to think of the Austin Peay Governors being a threat to Tennessee Football when the two face off on Saturday. However, stranger things have happened. Here are the five APSU players to keep an eye on if they are to make this game interesting for even a drive or two.

5. Kory Chapman, DB

A do-it-all secondary player, Kory Chapman had seven tackles for a loss, two sacks, two picks, two pass breakups and 67 total tackles, 29 of which were solo, in 2022. Although the Southern Illinois Salukis were efficient throwing on them last week, turnovers are what really cost APSU. Chapman still assisted on a sack and broke up a pass.

4. Chandler Kirton, OL

Last year, Chandler Kirton became a freshman All-American at the FCS level due to his play at right guard. He was the catalyst for an offense that went for over 2,000 yards rushing to complement its over 2,500 yards passing. Despite under two yards a carry and allowing four sacks against SIU, Kirton did his job, so he’ll test the defensive tackles.

3. Jordan Goco, TE

With Drae McCray having transferred to the Texas Tech Red Raiders, wide receiver is still a bit of an open spot. However, big things are expected from Jordan Goco at tight end this year, and indeed, he had three catches for 23 yards in the opener. With questions still abound about the Tennessee Football secondary and the linebackers in pass coverage, watch out for him.

2. Tyler Long, LB

Transferring from the Norfolk State Spartans, Tyler Long had seven tackles for a loss, five sacks, a forced fumble, an interception, a pass breakup and 106 total tackles, 48 of which were solo. In the opener vs. SIU, he had a tackle for a loss, recovered a fumble and led the team with 17 total tackles, only two of which were solo. He’s all over the field, so he could be a problem.

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1. Mike DiLiello, QB

If APSU is to have any shot, its quarterback has to test Tennessee Football in the secondary. Mike DiLiello threw for over 2,400 yards last year and ran for over 400 with 29 total touchdowns, so he can be a threat. Despite two picks in the opener, he still threw for over 200 yards and two touchdowns, so on the right day, he could be a threat.

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