COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Tech's chances of competing in the Ohio Valley Conference depend in part on whether the Golden Eagles can stay healthy.
That didn't happen last season. One year after winning its first Ohio Valley title since 1975, the Golden Eagles staggered to a 3-8 finish as injuries decimated their roster.
Those injuries at least gave Darian Stone a chance to adjust to his role as Tennessee Tech's starting quarterback. Stone started the Golden Eagles' final four games in place of an injured Tre Lamb last season. He averaged 188 passing yards and 124 rushing yards per game in those four starts. Lamb remains at Tennessee Tech in the new role of quarterbacks coach.
The Golden Eagles also must upgrade their defense after allowing 39.4 points per game last year.
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