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Borders Named to 2013 FCS All-Freshman Team

Posted on 22 January 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University football player Devin Borders was recently named to the third-annual College Sports Journal Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-Freshman team. Borders was one of just six Ohio Valley Conference players to make the 62-player list.

Borders, who was earlier named the OVC Freshman of the Year, 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 was named to the FCS All-Freshman second team. Also making the list from the OVC were Jacksonville State’s Josh Barge and Eli Jenkins, Southeast Missouri’s Austin Black, Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Lowery and Tennessee State’s Jessamen Dunker. Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp was named the FCS Freshman of the Year.

 

2013 College Sports Journal Football Championship Subdivision All-Freshman Team

Freshman of the Year

Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington, Wide Receiver

First-Year Coach of the Year

Dale Lindsay, San Diego

First-Team Offense

Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville State, Quarterback
R. J. Noel, Sacred Heart, Quarterback
Marcus Cox, Running Back, Appalachian State
Martin Ruiz, Running Back, Youngstown State
Darius Victor, All-Purpose Back, Towson
Drew Potter, Fullback, South Dakota
Riley Donovan, Wide Receiver, South Dakota
Karel Hamilton, Wide Receiver, Samford
Barrett Burns, Tight End, Appalachian State
Jimmy Lowery, Tackle, Eastern Illinois
Anton Wahrby, Tackle, Wofford
Matt Fisher, Guard Cal Poly
Jacob Julian, Guard, Northern Arizona
Tad McNeely, Center, New Hampshire

First-Team Defense

Javancy Jones, Defensive End, Jackson State
JeMarcus Marshall, Defensive End, Northwestern State
Austin Black, Defensive Tackle, Southeast Missouri State
Robert Torgerson, Defensive Tackle, Southern Utah
John Law, Linebacker, Appalachian State
Christophe Mulumba, Linebacker, Maine
James Rentz, Linebacker, Sacred Heart
Gage Steele, Linebacker, James Madison
Michael Jones, Cornerback, North Carolina Central
Foyesade Oluokun, Cornerback, Yale
Trey Robinson, Safety, Furman
Jameel Smith, Safety, Youngstown State

First-Team Special Teams

Anthony Prevost, Place Kicker, Hampton
Bentley Critcher, Punter, Appalachian State
Jatavious Wilson, Kickoff Returner, Central Arkansas
Anthony Warrum, Punt Returner, Illinois State
Chandler Dowell, Long Snapper, Southern Utah

Second-Team Offense

Drew Reed, Quarterback, Lafayette
John Russ, Quarterback, Mercer
Tarik Cohen, Running Back, North Carolina A&T
C.J. Williams, Running Back, Bucknell
Kade Harrington, All-Purpose Back, Lamar
Josh Barge, Wide Receiver, Jacksonville State
Devin Borders, Wide Receiver, Eastern Kentucky
Andre Dessenberg, Wide Receiver, Towson
Eric Saubert, Tight End, Drake
JP Flynn, Tackle, Montana State
Javarius Leamon, Tackle, South Carolina State
Jessamen Dunker, Guard, Tennessee State
Corey Levin, Guard, Chattanooga
Aubrey Beal, Bryant, Center

Second-Team Defense

Boston Bryant, Defensive End, Wofford
Samson Ebukam, Defensive End, Eastern Washington
Winston Craig, Defensive Tackle, Richmond
Patrick Richard, Defensive Tackle, Maine
Kourtney Berry, Linebacker, Alabama State
Aaron Reed, Linebacker, Duquesne
Marquis Smith, Linebacker, Savannah State

 

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Glenn Cosey Named OVC Player Of The Week After Record Breaking Performance

Posted on 06 January 2014 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Senior guard Glenn Cosey was chosen as the adidas Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday. Cosey broke the school record and tied the OVC mark with 10 three-pointers at Eastern Illinois on Thursday.

The Colonels will host Murray State University on Wednesday. It will be the Racers’ first visit to McBrayer Arena since Dec. 2, 2010. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Cosey finished with a career-best 34 points at EIU, hitting 11-of-14 from the field, including 10-of-12 from behind the arc. He also dished out six assists and did not turn the ball over.

The Flint, Mich., native broke the school record of seven three-pointers with 12:26 left in the game. He tied the OVC record with his 10th at the 9:04 mark. Ironically, the OVC record was set by Marc Polite of Eastern Illinois.

Two days later, Cosey finished with 23 points, four assists and four rebounds at Southern Illinois Edwardsville.

It is the first time Cosey has earned OVC Player of the Week honors. He was chosen as the OVC Newcomer of the Week six times last season.

In both games combined, Cosey averaged 28.5 points, 5.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals. He hit on 60 percent (18-of-30) of his shots from the field and made 61.9 percent (13-of-21) from behind the three point line. He had 10 assists and only two turnovers in both games combined.

Wednesday is Kids’ Night at EKU. All kids 12-and-under will receive free admission to watch the Colonels play Murray State.

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Dean Hood to Coach U.S. Football Team at 2014 World University Championships

Posted on 06 January 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University football head coach Dean Hood has been named the head coach for the United States national team at the 2014 World University Championships this May in Uppsala, Sweden.

Athletes in Action (AIA) Football is facilitating the team of collegiate football players featuring 2013 and 2014 graduating seniors from NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II and III and NAIA rosters. AIA Football is currently recruiting the U.S. team’s 60 player and eight coach roster with initial invites extended to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams.

“I am highly honored to have the opportunity to be the head coach of the U.S. team in the inaugural University Championships to include American football,” Hood said. “The chance to travel to Sweden, coach the game that I love and compete for a gold medal is one that only a few people receive. I am very excited to build relationships with players from all over the world and implement the principles of transformational coaching.”

Hood just completed his sixth year at the helm of the EKU football program and has an overall record of 40-29. He has led the Colonels to a pair of Ohio Valley Conference championships and two appearances in the NCAA FCS playoffs (2008, 2011). The Eastern football program has produced eight All-Americans, one OVC Defensive Player of the Year and 24 first team all-conference performers in Hood’s six years on the EKU sidelines.

Eight nations will be represented in the 2014 World University Championships. In addition to the U.S., China, England, Finland, Japan, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea will compete for gold.

“We’re excited to expose our athletes to character and leadership development which will help equip them for a lifetime of success on and off the field,” director of AIA football Clint Mahan said. “I’m also looking forward to connecting globally where American football seems to be exploding in popularity.”

Athletes in Action is the sports outreach of Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) and works with professional and amateur athletes and coaches to use the unique platform of sports to help people around the world answer questions of faith. AIA is active on more than 250 collegiate campuses in the U.S. and 90 countries worldwide.

For more information about Athletes in Action Football, visit www.athletesinaction.org/football.

For more information on the World University Championships, visit http://www.fisu.net/en/World-University-Championships-3525.html.

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