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Eighteen EKU Student-Athletes Awarded OVC Medals of Honors

Posted on 31 July 2014 by admin


BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eighteen Eastern Kentucky University student-athletes were awarded an Ohio Valley Conference Medal of Honor and 113 Colonel student-athletes were named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the 2013-14 academic year, the league office announced on Thursday.

Medals of Honor are awarded to the student-athletes that earn the highest grade point averages (GPA) in each conference-sponsored sport. This past year, all of the honorees achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA.

To be listed on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the recipients must have posted at least a 3.25 GPA.

The following EKU student-athletes were awarded with Medals of Honor:
Ben Fisher (baseball)
Una Britton (women’s cross country / track and field)
Ann Eason (women’s cross country / track and field)
Ashley Svec (women’s cross country / track and field)
Tyler Horn (football)
JJ Jude (football)
Taylor Speaks (football)
Ichiro Vance (football)
Nicki Henry (women’s golf)
Rachel Welker (women’s golf)
Nikki Donnelly (soccer), Sarah Franklin (soccer)
Nichelle Ryan (soccer)
Whitney Wallace (soccer)
Hayley Flynn (softball)
Amandine Faouzi (women’s tennis)
Saioa Oscoz (women’s tennis)
Alexandra Szarabajko (women’s track and field).

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Two Track and Field Colonels Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

Posted on 25 July 2014 by admin





NEW ORLEANS – Two Eastern Kentucky University track and field student-athletes – Ann Eason and Ole Hesselbjerg – earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors for the 2013-14 season.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and met one of the following criteria: for the indoor season, finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by; for the outdoor season, participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

The EKU women’s track and field teams was also named a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team by the organization. The EKU women – who posted a 3.23 GPA this past year – were one of 208 teams nationally to earn All-Academic Team honors. A team must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to receive the award.

Eason, an elementary education major from Lexington, was named the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Female Track Athlete of the Year and won both the 5,000 meters and 1,500 meters at the OVC Outdoor Championships. She also broke EKU’s 36-year old women’s 5,000 meters record with a 16:03.87 at the Stanford Invitational. Eason currently has a 3.97 cumulative GPA.

Hesselbjerg, a physics major from Charlottenlund, Denmark, earned first team All-America honors for the second straight season and became EKU’s first NCAA track medalist since 2008 when he finished third in the finals of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplecase at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. He posted a personal-best time of 8:38.75 during the performance. Hesselbjerg currently has a 3.30 cumulative GPA.



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Eric Stutz & Deverin Muff Chosen To NABC Honors Court

Posted on 24 July 2014 by admin



RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball players Eric Stutz and Deverin Muff were selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2013-14 Honors Court, which recognizes men’s basketball players that excelled in academics during the past season.

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows: academically a junior or senior, cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year and students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.

Stutz, a 6-foot-8 forward from Newburgh, Indiana averaged 8.6 points and a team-best 4.6 rebounds per game as a junior during the 2013-14 season. Muff, a 6-foot-8 forward from Strongsville, Ohio appeared in 29 of the team’s 34 games as a junior in 2013-14.

Both players were recognized as Colonel Scholars (3.0 GPA) in 2013-14. Stutz also earned the Bratzke Award of Excellence (highest GPA on the team).

A record number of 895 student-athletes from 335 colleges and universities earned NABC Honors Court distinction.

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EKU Announces Addition Of Five To Men’s Basketball Roster

Posted on 22 July 2014 by admin



RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jeff Neubauer announced the addition of five players to the team’s 2014-15 roster today.

Javontae Hawkins, Jonathan Hood, Paul Jackson, Ja’Mill Powell and Denzel Richardson will join the program. Along with Daniel Norl, who signed on to play at EKU last fall, these six make up Neubauer’s 2014 recruiting class at this time.

Hawkins is a 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard from Flint, Michigan. He played two seasons at the University of South Florida and will have to sit out one full year due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2015-16 campaign.

Hawkins played in 55 games, starting 10 times, at USF. He averaged 4.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. He made 6-of-9 attempts from the field and scored a career-best 15 points against Cincinnati on Jan. 18, 2014. He shot 40.1 percent from the field, 28.4 percent from three-point range and 69.1 percent at the free throw line.

Before enrolling at South Florida, Hawkins spent two seasons at Huntington Prep in West Virginia. He averaged 17.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. The four-star prospect was rated No. 89 overall and 16th at his position by ESPN in the class of 2012.

Hood is a 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard from Durham, North Carolina. He spent the past two seasons at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. As a sophomore, Hood earned first team All-Mid Florida Conference honors and finished fourth in voting for the conference player of the year award. He averaged 14.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He made 39.2 percent of his shots from the field, 36.6 percent from three-point range and 76.2 percent from the free throw line.

On Jan.11, Hood scored 30 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including 8-of-11 from behind the arc, against State College of Florida-Manatee. He scored 19 or more points in a game 10 times during the 2013-14 season. Santa Fe finished the season with a 22-9 record. Hood played high school basketball at Body of Christ Christian Academy.

Jackson, a 6-foot guard, will be a freshman in 2014-15. The Lithonia, Georgia native earned 5A first team all-state honors after averaging 21.5 points and 6.9 assists per game for Martin Luther King Jr. High School his senior season. He also garnered first team all-region and second team all-metro honors. Jackson led DeKalb County in scoring and assists. He dished out over 700 career assists and was a team captain as a junior and a senior.

Powell is a 6-foot-7, 195-pound guard from Bridgeport, Conn. He played the past two seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. Powell averaged 15.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in 2013-14 while shooting 40.5 percent from the field, including 31.2 percent from three-point range. As a sophomore he knocked down 78.4 percent of his free throw attempts.

Powell earned second team all-league honors before being named region tournament MVP. In three tourney games, he averaged 24 points. He scored a season-high 29 points twice during the regular season, on Dec. 3 at Carl Albert State College and on Feb. 24 against Northern Oklahoma College-Enid.

Richardson is a 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard from Baltimore, Md. He has spent the past two seasons playing at Pensacola State College in Florida. He averaged 11.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He shot 40.3 percent from the field, 35 percent from behind the three-point line and 75.7 percent at the charity stripe.

Richardson made 8-of-14 attempts from the field, including 6-of-9 from deep, on his way to a season-best 22 points at College of Central Florida on Dec. 2. Pensacola finished the 2013-14 season with a 21-11 record and won the Panhandle Conference Championship for the first time since 1998. Richardson played high school basketball at Calvert Hall High School.

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Colonel Football Picked Fourth in Preseason OVC Poll

Posted on 21 July 2014 by admin


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Eastern Kentucky University football team was picked to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference this fall in a preseason poll conducted by the OVC coaches and sports information directors. The announcement was made Monday at the OVC football media day event.

The Colonels, who have won a record 21 OVC titles, tallied 82 points in the poll. Since Dean Hood took over as EKU’s head coach in 2008, the Colonels have won two OVC championships (2008, 2011) and 33 league games.

Jacksonville State picked up 10 of the 18 first-place votes and was tabbed as the OVC preseason favorite. The Gamecocks, who were also the preseason favorites in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011, totaled 118 points to out-distance two-time defending champion Eastern Illinois in the vote. The Panthers piled up four first-place votes and 110 total points in being picked second.

Eastern Kentucky hosts both league favorites this season – Jacksonville State on Nov. 8 and Eastern Illinois on Oct. 11.

Senior placekicker Andrew Lloyd was the lone EKU representative on the preseason All-OVC team. Lloyd, a senior from Winchester, Virginia, made 8-of-10 field goals last year in his first season of action with the Colonels. He finished the year on a strong note, making his last six field goal attempts including a season-best 49-yarder in the finale at Murray State. Lloyd registered 15 touchbacks on kick-offs in 2013, the most by an EKU kicker in six years under head coach Dean Hood.

The Colonels return six starters on each side of the ball from a team that finished 6-6 in 2013.

Eastern Kentucky begins the 2014 fall season with a Thursday night road game at Robert Morris on Aug. 28. EKU’s home opener is slated for Sept. 13 against Morehead State.

Fans can reserve 2014 season tickets by contacting the EKU athletics ticket office at 859-622-2122.

2014 Preseason All-OVC Football Team
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: DaMarcus James (RB), Jacksonville State
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Bass (DL), Tennessee State

QB – Michael German, Tennessee State
QB – Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville State
RB – DaMarcus James, Jacksonville State
RB – Shepard Little, Eastern Illinois
WR – Adam Drake, Eastern Illinois
WR – Josh Barge, Jacksonville State
WR – Paul McRoberts, Southeast Missouri
TE – Jeff LePak, Eastern Illinois
C – Max Holcombe, Jacksonville State
OG – Collin Seibert, Eastern Illinois
OG – Blake Burks, Jacksonville State
OT – Charles Sweeton, UT Martin
OT – Robert Myers, Tennessee State

DL – Anthony Bass, Tennessee State
DL – Dino Fanti, Eastern Illinois
DL – Caleb Lawrence, Jacksonville State
DL – Chris Landrum, Jacksonville State
LB – Nick Thrasher, Tennessee State
LB – Tony Bell, UT Martin
LB – Robert Haynes, Eastern Illinois
LB – Tra’Darius Goff, Tennessee Tech
DB – Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State
DB – Jourdan Wickliffe, Eastern Illinois
DB – Marty Jones, Tennessee Tech
DB – De’Ante Saunders, Tennessee State

K – Andrew Lloyd, Eastern Kentucky
P – Hamish MacInnes, Jacksonville State
RS – Shepard Little, Eastern Illinois

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Men’s Basketball To Take Summer Trip To Australia

Posted on 09 July 2014 by admin



RICHMOND, Ky. – The EKU men’s basketball team will take a summer trip to Australia in August, head coach Jeff Neubauer announced today.

The Colonels will depart on August 5th and return on the 16th. EKU will play four games in four cities – Sydney, Wollongong, Brisbane and Cairns.

“This is going to be a great experience for our guys,” Neubauer said. “On the basketball side, this will be a challenge. The teams we are going to face play at a very high level. This is also going to be a great opportunity for our players to see another part of the world.”

Eastern will play the Sydney Kings on August 8th and the Wollongong Hawks on the 10th. The Colonels will face the Suncoast Clippers in Brisbane on the 11th. The playing schedule concludes on the 14th against the Cairns Taipans.

Game times will be announced at a later date.

The Kings, Hawks and Taipans are professional teams playing in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL). Wollongong went 13-15 during the 2013-14 season that ended in March. Sydney and Cairns both finished 12-16.

The Clippers play in the Queensland Basketball League (QBL). Their season started in May and the team is currently tied for eighth in the 13-team league with a 5-5 record.

NCAA rules allow teams a maximum of 10 days of practice before leaving for a foreign trip.

EKU nearly upset No. 2 seed Kansas in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, leading the Jayhawks with 8:55 left in the game and trailing by only three with 3:39 to go.

Before giving Kansas all it could handle in the NCAA Tournament, the Colonels marched through the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. Eastern won three games in three days and trailed for only 41 seconds during the entire tourney.

EKU finished the season with a 24-10 record, the second most wins in program history. With a school record 25 victories in 2012-13, the Colonels have 49 wins the last two years combined.

Eastern finished second in the nation in turnover margin, fifth in the nation in three-point field goals per game and sixth in steals. Eastern Kentucky has now led the OVC in three-pointers five of the last six years.

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Lloyd Earns a Spot on 2014 CFPA Placekicker Award Watch List

Posted on 07 July 2014 by admin


CHARLESTON, S.C. – Eastern Kentucky University football player Andrew Lloyd has earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA Placekicker Award Watch List, as announced this weekend by College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).

Lloyd, a senior from Winchester, Virginia, made 8-of-10 field goals last year in his first season of action with the Colonels. He finished the year on a strong note, making each of his last six field goal attempts including a season-best 49-yarder in the finale at Murray State. Lloyd registered 15 touchbacks on kick-offs in 2013, the most by an EKU kicker in six years under head coach Dean Hood.

The initial CFPA watch list includes 36 returning performers, vying for the top placekicker award in the Football Championship Subdivision. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.

The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

Former EKU star Jeremy Caldwell earned the 2011 CFPA Elite Kickoff Returner Award.

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced Jan. 14, 2015. For more information on the CFPA, please visit

Eastern Kentucky begins the 2014 fall season with a Thursday night road game at Robert Morris on Aug. 28.

Fans can reserve 2014 season tickets by contacting the EKU athletics ticket office at 859-622-2122.

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