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Borders Named OVC Freshman of the Year

Posted on 26 November 2013 by admin


BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Wide receiver Devin Borders was named the Ohio Valley Conference Football Freshman of the Year the league office announced Tuesday. Meanwhile, five other Colonels earned second team all-league honors.

Borders proved to be the top wide receiver on a young Eastern Kentucky team while also making a major impact on special teams. The native of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., caught a team-best 34 passes for 509 yards and six touchdowns as a redshirt freshman. He also ranked among the top-10 in the OVC in receiving yards per game at 42.4.

Borders had his best offensive game of the season in a win at Morehead State on Sept. 21 as he hauled in nine catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught two touchdown passes, both coming in the first half, as Eastern shutout No. 23 Tennessee State on Nov. 2. But his biggest impact came on special teams where he blocked five kicks, helping EKU rank first nationally as a team in that category with nine total blocks. Borders’ five blocks were the most by an FCS player this season and more than 102 FCS teams in 2013.

Borders is the second Eastern Kentucky player to earn OVC Freshman of the Year accolades since the award was started in 2004, joining quarterback T.J. Pryor (2009). Overall, he is the second wide receiver to earn the honor in the 10-year history of the award.

Five seniors came away with second team All-OVC honors – punter Jordan Berry, defensive lineman Anthony Brown, offensive lineman Travon Carter, offensive lineman Justin Meredith and linebacker Ichiro Vance.

Berry was part of a punting unit that ranked first in the OVC and fifth nationally (FCS) in net punting at 39.08 yards per punt. Brown was among the team leaders in tackles for loss (7.0), sacks (2.5), interceptions (two), quarterback hurries (seven) and fumble recoveries (two). Vance was a consistent performer at middle linebacker where he ranked third on the team with 52 tackles.

Carter and Meredith helped the EKU offense rank fourth in the league in rushing at 198.7 yards per game. In the season finale, the Colonels ran for 311 yards and two touchdowns in the overtime loss to Murray State.

Eastern Kentucky concluded the 2013 season 6-6 overall and 4-4 in OVC action.

2013 All-OVC Football Team

OVC Offensive Player of the Year: Jimmy Garoppolo (QB), Eastern Illinois
OVC Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Bass (DE), Tennessee State
OVC Freshman of the Year: Devin Borders (WR), Eastern Kentucky
OVC Roy Kidd Coach of the Year: Dino Babers, Eastern Illinois

QB – Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
RB – DaMarcus James, Jacksonville State
RB – Shepard Little, Eastern Illinois
WR – Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois
WR – Walter Powell, Murray State
TE – Jeff LePak, Eastern Illinois
C – Max Holcombe, Jacksonville State
OG – Collin Seibert, Eastern Illinois
OG – Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State
OT – Dominic Pagliara, Eastern Illinois
OT – Wesley Sherrill, Tennessee Tech

Anthony Bass, Tennessee State
Pat Wertz, Eastern Illinois
Antonio Harper, Tennessee State
DJ Roberts, UT Martin
Nick Thrasher, Tennessee State
Ben Johnson, UT Martin
Tony Bell, UT Martin
Daniel Fitzpatrick Tennessee State
Jourdan Wickliffe, Eastern Illinois
Pierre Warren, Jacksonville State
Nick Beard, Eastern Illinois

Griffin Thomas, Jacksonville State
Chad Zinchini, Tennessee Tech
Walter Powell, Murray State

Max Shortell, Jacksonville State
Ronald Butler, Tennessee State
Tim Broughton, Tennessee State
DJ McNeil, UT Martin
Taylor Duncan, Eastern Illinois
Jeremy Butler, UT Martin
Adam Drake, Eastern Illinois
A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State
Nick Borre, Eastern Illinois
Justin Meredith, Eastern Kentucky
Travon Carter, Eastern Kentucky
Charles Sweeton, UT Martin
Robert Myers, Tennessee State

Dino Fanti, Eastern Illinois
Anthony Brown, Eastern Kentucky
Caleb Lawrence, Jacksonville State
Malcolm Mitchell, Tennessee Tech
Ichiro Vance, Eastern Kentucky
Robert Haynes, Eastern Illinois
Tra’Darius Goff, Tennessee Tech
J’Vontez Blackmon, UT Martin
Brandon Wicks, Murray State
David Van Dyke, Tennessee State
Marty Jones, Tennessee Tech

Jamin Godfrey, Tennessee State
Jordan Berry, Eastern Kentucky
Shepard Little, Eastern Illinois

TE – Jeff LePak, Eastern Illinois
RB/RS – Shepard Little, Eastern Illinois
OL – Jimmy Lowery, Eastern Illinois
WR – Devin Borders, Eastern Kentucky
WR – Josh Barge, Jacksonville State
QB – Max Shortell, Jacksonville State
DE – Chris Landrum, Jacksonville State
QB – Maikhail Miller, Murray State
DT – Austin Black, Southeast Missouri
CB/RS – De’Ante Saunders, Tennessee State
QB – Ronald Butler, Tennessee State
QB – Dylan Favre, UT Martin

Note: The All-Newcomer team is comprised of first-year players in the OVC – that can be either true freshmen, redshirt freshmen or first-year transfers. The team consists of 12 total players (1 extra due to a tie in voting this year) and is not voted on by position. There were 13 players on the All-OVC second-team offense (2 QB’s, 3 RB’s) due to ties in voting.

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EKU Men’s Cross Country Wins First-Ever NCAA Southeast Region Title

Posted on 15 November 2013 by admin



EARLYSVILLE, Va. – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s cross country team won the NCAA Southeast Regional for the first time in program history on Friday afternoon at Panorama Farms.

EKU – ranked No. 17 in the country entering Friday’s meet – will advance to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. for the third consecutive year.

The Colonels, who had finished second at the regional the last two seasons, placed six runners in the top-21 to finish with 58 points and easily defeat the likes of Virginia (96 points), North Carolina State (101 points) and North Carolina (137). Virginia Tech (167 points), William & Mary (232 points), Louisville (236 points), Duke (253 points), High Point (264 points) and Liberty (273 points) rounded out the men’s top-10. In-state rival Kentucky placed 12th (336 points).

Senior Soufiane Bouchikhi – last year’s Southeast Region individual champion – led EKU on Friday, finishing third out of 239 runners and covering the 10K course in a time of 28:43.6. Fellow senior Wade Meddles was second on the team and sixth overall with a time of 28:56.4. Sophomore Thijs Nijhuis (13th / 29:31.0), freshman Ambrose Maritim (17th / 29:37.4) and junior Ben Toroitich (19th / 29:40.7) rounded out the Colonels’ top five.

Junior Ole Hesselbjerg (21st / 29:43.6) and senior Erwin Leysen (70th / 30:53.9) also competed for EKU.

The EKU women finished 12th out of 38 teams on Friday. Senior Una Britton – the Ohio Valley Conference individual champion two Saturdays ago – led the way for the Colonels, placing 34th out of 265 competitors with a 6K time of 21:24.4. Sophomore Cecile Chevillard finished 52nd with a time of 21:47.2, while junior Anna Reddin was 71st with a time of 22:09.4 Junior Ann Eason – EKU’s top runner throughout the fall – ran through the injury that sidelined her for the OVC Championships two weeks ago to finish 78th with a time of 22:13.7. Sophomore Ashley Svec rounded out EKU’s top five with a 119th-place finish in a time of 22:46.8.

Senior Hannah Miller (129th / 22:49.7) and freshman Madison Zeitz (131st / 22:54.3) also competed for the EKU women.

Host Virginia won the women’s title on Friday with 57 points.

The NCAA Championships will take place at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute on Saturday, Nov. 23.


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Berry Named to CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District ® Teams

Posted on 08 November 2013 by admin



Six Ohio Valley Conference football student-athletes have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District ® football teams as selected by CoSIDA.

The selections included two student-athlete from District II, two from District III, one from District IV and one from District V. The selections were Austin Peay’s Ben Stansfield and Iosua Siliva, Eastern Illinois’ Dominic Pagliara, Eastern Kentucky’s Jordan Berry, Jacksonville State’s Max Holcombe and Murray State’s Christian Duncan.

Each of the six were first-team selections and for making the first-team each will have his name appear on the national ballot for consideration for Academic All-American. The Capital One Academic All-America football team will be announced on Thursday, December 5.

To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average. District II selections come from schools located within the states of Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. District III selections include schools from the states of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. District IV selections come from schools located in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. District V selections are from the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

Berry currently holds a 3.53 GPA in physical education. This season he has earned a pair of National Specialist of the Week honors and is averaging 43.8 yards/punt on the season. Overall Berry has punted 38 times with a long of 77 yards and 12 punts of longer than 50 yards. On the year he has 18 punts downed inside-the-20-yard line.

Duncan is in his second year as the team’s long snapper and owns a 3.94 grade-point average in biology/pre-dental. In his two seasons, Duncan has not had a bad snap on 228 attempts. He was credited with one tackle during the 2012 season, and has three tackles on punt coverage this season. Duncan came to MSU after graduating as the Valedictorian at Murray High School.

Holcombe is a key part of the Jacksonville State offensive line and helped the team to a 7-2 record so far this season. He currently holds a 3.72 GPA in exercise science.

Pagliara has been a four-year starter for the Panthers at tackle maintaining a 3.69 grade point average in marketing. Pagliara anchors an offensive line that blocks for the nation’s number two total offense and scoring offense. Already this season EIU has tied its school record for touchdowns in a season with 61 with 40 passing touchdowns and 17 rushing touchdowns. The team ranks ninth in the nation in fewest tackles for loss allowed while at the same time ranking second in the nation in plays from scrimmage per game (84.5). In addition to his success in the class room and on the football field, Pagliara serves as the president of EIU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Siliva appears on the All-District team for the third consecutive season. The defensive end suffered an injury midway through this season and is out for the year. The senior has a 3.94 GPA in agriculture (sustainable development).

Stansfield is on the All-District team for the second consecutive season. The senior is the leader of the Governors offensive line and holds a 4.00 GPA in psychology. He has been a multi-time selection to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll as well as an OVC Medal of Honor recipient.

2013 OVC CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Selections for Football
Jordan Berry, P – Eastern Kentucky
Christian Duncan, OL – Murray State
Max Holcombe, OL – Jacksonville State
Dominic Pagliara, OL – Eastern Illinois
Iosua Siliva, DL – Austin Peay
Ben Stansfield, OL – Austin Peay


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Two Colonels Earn OVC Honors

Posted on 05 November 2013 by admin


After helping Eastern Kentucky University’s volleyball team to a pair of conference victories over the weekend, senior Ashley Edmond and junior Dena Ott were honored by the Ohio Valley Conference. Edmond was named adidas OVC Offensive Player of the Week while Ott garnered the adidas OVC Defensive Player of the Week award.

The Colonels won back-to-back matches creating a three match winning streak for the fourth time this season. EKU first defeated Jacksonville State 3-1 before shutting out Tennessee Tech 3-0.

In both matches combined, Edmond averaged 5.14 kills, 5.36 points, and posted a .326 attack percentage. She had 14 kills, only three errors, 19 digs, a block and an ace at Jacksonville State. The Michigan City, Ind., native led all players with 22 kills at Tennessee Tech. The senior made only four errors in 47 attempts for a .383 attack percentage. The 22 kills ties for the most by a Colonel this season.

Ott’s 24 digs in the win over Tennessee Tech were a match-best. She also led all players with 26 kills in a four-set victory at Jacksonville State. In both matches combined, the Wauconda, Ill., native averaged 7.14 digs per set.

Eastern will continue conference play on Friday and face Belmont University in Richmond, Ky. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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