Austin Peay State University athletics will welcome three inductees into the 41st class of the APSU Athletics Hall of Fame, Saturday. Erik
Barnes, Terrence Holt and Bob Swope will become the 119th, 120th and 121st members of the APSU Athletics Hall of Fame during the annual Hall of Fame induction breakfast in the Dunn Center front lobby. They will be introduced during halftime of that night’s men’s basketball contest against Jacksonville State. For more information about the Hall of Fame breakfast and to make reservations to attend, call Tara Pfeifler, 931-221-6119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terrence Holt, an All-American kick returner who electrified crowds and terrified opponents, and Erik Barnes, the only player in program history to earn both OVC Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year during his illustrious golf career, have been selected for induction as part of the 2018 class, while Bob Swope, who starred on the diamond, gridiron, hardwood and course during his career, will go in as the Honors category representative.
Holt, a Nashville native, was a threat to score every time he touched the ball during his Austin Peay career, and he often did—he scored 29 touchdowns during his APSU career (23 rushing, four kick return, two punt return) but was at his most dynamic in the return game. The Nashville native still holds NCAA FCS records in single-season (52) and career (191) kickoff returns, as well as kickoff return yardage (4,683)—the latter mark a record across all divisions by more than 1,000 yards. A three-time All-American kick-returner via College Sporting News, Holt was a dual All-OVC first-team choice at both running back and kick returner in 2009 and remains ninth all-time in APSU history in rushing yards (1,939), fourth in touchdowns (23) and first in all-purpose yardage (7,512)—he led FCS in all-purpose yardage as a junior with 215.73 yards per game.
Barnes, a Marion, Indiana native, was a three-time All-OVC performer during a memorable Austin Peay career. He still holds Austin Peay’s 36- (132) and 54-hole (199) records, both set at the 2008 F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, and won an OVC title with the Govs in 2009, when he also was named OVC Player of the Year—the sixth Gov in program history to earn that distinction. He picked up three individual medalist honors during his career, including two as a junior—the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate and the UK Bluegrass Invitational.
Now the fifth inductee via the Honors category, Nashville-native Swope starred in four sports—basketball, football, baseball and golf—during his years in Clarksville. He won the VSAC golf championship as an individual in 1950 with a 228 (81-70-77), helping the Govs take the team title, and was a two-time all-tournament performer on the hardwood during the Governors VSAC days as well, finishing third on the team in scoring during the 1949-50 season. He also started at halfback on the football team, leading the Govs with three rushing touchdowns in 1950.
(Courtesy APSU Athletics)