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Mobley picks up third OVC Newcomer of the week award

Posted on 26 October 2014 by admin

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For the third time this season, Colonel running back Dy’Shawn Mobley earned the OVC Newcomer of the Week award.  Mobley rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns as Eastern Kentucky improved to 7-1 on the season with a 33-21 victory over Southeast Missouri. The transfer from Kentucky scored on a 1-yard run at the end of the first quarter, a 9-yard run early in the second quarter and added a 13-yard score with 2:21 to play to secure the victory. It marked the sixth time this season and third-straight game Mobley has reached the 100-yard plateau; he also caught four passes for 16 yards.  Mobley currently ranks 11th nationally in rushing touchdowns (11) and 15th in rushing (115.3 yards/game)

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Colonels pick up Homecoming win over SEMO

Posted on 25 October 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University football team never trailed in its 2014 Homecoming game as the No. 18 Colonels fought off visiting Southeast Missouri for a 33-21 win.

Junior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley tallied three touchdown rushes, including the game-clincher with 2:21 remaining to provide the final score. The EKU (7-1, 4-1 OVC) defense was led by sophomore safety Kiante Northington, who posted a team season-high 17 stops and also came down with a key third-quarter interception to stop a Southeast Missouri (4-5, 2-3) scoring threat.

Eastern got on the board first when junior wide receiver Jeff Glover blocked a SEMO punt and raced 22 yards untouched for a touchdown midway through the first quarter. The Redhawks responded with a quick nine-play, 75-yard drive to tie the score.

On the second play of Eastern’s ensuing possession, senior quarterback Jared McClain found sophomore wide out Devin Borders all alone down the right sideline for a 49-yard pass play to the SEMO seven. Mobley finished off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run up the middle on fourth down.

The Colonels pushed the lead to 20-7 with 10:39 left in the second quarter when Mobley found the end zone for a second time. The junior took the hand-off and went around the left side untouched from nine yards out, capping the six-play, 49-yard drive that took 1:56 off the clock.

Southeast Missouri cut the deficit to six at halftime, 20-14, on quarterback Kyle Snyder’s second touchdown run with six minutes to go in the second quarter.

The Redhawks were perhaps poised to take their first lead of the game midway through the third quarter when Northington came through with his first collegiate interception. On 3rd-and-3 from the Eastern nine-yard line, the sophomore hauled in a tipped pass in the end zone to end the threat.

Eastern Kentucky’s offense followed that interception with its longest drive of the game. McClain put a cherry on top of the 11-play, 80-yard drive with a perfect 27-yard touchdown strike to Borders to make the score, 26-14. The Colonels went for a two-point conversion, but did not complete the pass play.

After Southeast Missouri made one last charge to slice the lead to 26-21, the Colonel offense put the game away with one more scoring drive late in the fourth quarter. Eastern converted two huge third downs on that drive, including a 3rd-and-6 play where junior wide receiver Deno Montgomery came up with a 19-yard catch-and-run completion to move the ball to the SEMO 27-yard line. Mobley put the final stamp on the win with a 13-yard run around the left side with 2:21 showing on the clock.

McClain started at quarterback for the Colonels and put up impressive numbers. The senior completed 15-of-18 throws (83.3 percent) for a season-high 203 yards and one touchdown. Borders notched four catches for a season-best 106 yards receiving.

For Southeast Missouri, Snyder threw for 245 yards and a touchdown, but also tossed two interceptions. Snyder also led the Redhawks with 116 yards rushing on just 19 carries.

Eastern Kentucky goes back on the road next Saturday, Nov. 1 for a game at Tennessee State. The game will be televised by ESPN3 beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

NOTES
–This was the second time this year running back Dy’Shawn Mobley has recorded three touchdown rushes. Mobley also accomplished the feat at UT Martin on Sept. 20.

–Eastern’s first quarter, fourth-down conversion from the one-yard line was its first fourth-down conversion of the season. The Colonels had been 0-for-3.

–Wide receiver Jeff Glover has now thrown two touchdown passes, caught two touchdown passes and returned a block punt for a touchdown this season. This was the first time EKU had returned a block punt for a score since Sept. 18, 2010 at Chattanooga.

–The Colonels have now won eight straight Homecoming games. Eastern has also scored at least 20 points against the Redhawks in each of the last 16 meetings.

–Eastern Kentucky (35.4 ppg) and Southeast Missouri (33.1 ppg) entered the game ranked as the top two scoring offenses in the OVC. The Colonels have scored at least 30 points in six straight games.

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Soccer Starts Off Homecoming Weekend with a Win!

Posted on 24 October 2014 by Bret Shroats

Cassie Smith tyed the program record with 7 goals in a season as just a sophomore.

Cassie Smith tied the program record with 7 goals in a season as just a sophomore.

Eastern Kentucky Colonels soccer team had the honor to start off the big Homecoming weekend off, and they took full advantage of it with a 2-1 victory in overtime over Eastern Illinois.

With the win Eastern Kentucky (4-13-1, 2-6-1 OVC) while Eastern Illinois falls to (3-13-2, 1-7-1 OVC).

Eastern Kentucky would get on the board first with a record tying goal by sophomore Cassie Smith. It would be Smiths’ seventh goal of the season tying an Eastern Kentucky program record for most goals in a season.

Eastern Kentucky would hold that lead going into the half after controlling the first half. At the half Eastern Kentucky lead the shots category 5-1.

In the second half Eastern Illinois would make adjustments and continuously attack the EKU goalie. With 8 minutes left in the game Eastern Illinois senior and First-Team All OVC last season, Meagan Radloff would put the equalizer through the net.

Eastern Kentucky would try and respond before regulation ended but would come up short a few times. Eastern Kentucky would take the momentum into the first overtime period and in the game’s 97th minute freshman Logan Harvey would score her first goal of the season and this game winner.

Eastern Kentucky will play one final game next Friday against Morehead State at 3:30 in Richmond, KY.

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Lady Colonels picked seventh in Preseason poll

Posted on 21 October 2014 by admin

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The Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels were picked to place seventh in the OVC Preseason Poll voted on by conference coaches and SIDs. The Lady Colonels however did pick up three first-place votes. The Lady Colonels didn’t place anyone on the Preseason Women’s Team

Belmont has been picked to win the 2014-15 Ohio Valley Conference women’s basketball title. The Bruins earned 224 points, including 14 first-place votes, while UT Martin is selected to finish second with 203 points garnering three-first place nods. Jacksonville State picked up two first-place votes and 189 points for a predicted third place finish. Tennessee Tech is selected to finish fourth with 169 points while SIUE rounds out the top five with 152 points. Tennessee State earned a pair of first place votes and 144 points to be picked to finish sixth. After the Lady Colonels at seventh, rounding out the poll are Eastern Illinois (92 points), Murray State (83 points), Southeast Missouri (73 points), Austin Peay (71 points) and Morehead State (40 points).

Belmont is coming off a season in which it went 14-18 overall and 10-6 in the OVC en route to a first-place finish in the East Division. The Bruins earned the No. 2 seed in the OVC Tournament and fell to UT Martin in the Conference championship final. Belmont earned the league’s automatic bid the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and fell to Indiana, 48-47. Cameron Newbauer enters his second season at the helm of the Bruins and will have all five starters back from last year’s squad. Among the starters returning is senior guard/forward Jordyn Luffman. The Lawrenceburg, Tenn., native was named the 2014-15 OVC Preseason Player of the Year after averaging 14.3 points and 7.2 rebounds to rank among league leaders. Senior guard Adrienne Tarrence will also be back this season after starting 28 of the 32 games she played. The Bowling Green, Ky., native recorded 6.1 point, 3.7 rebounds and a team-leading 120 total assists.

UT Martin went 24-8 overall and 15-1 in the OVC to win its third OVC regular-season title. The Skyhawks also claimed its fourth straight league tournament title with a 78-66 win over Belmont in the championship game. UT Martin made its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and nearly knocked off North Carolina, falling to the Tar Heels 60-58. Head coach Kevin McMillan, who enters his sixth season at UT Martin, will have to replace the two top scorers in OVC history as Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome were lost to graduation. McMillan will have the 2013-14 OVC Freshman of the Year in sophomore forward Ashia Jones coming back. The Covington, Tenn., product led the league with a 58.5 field goal percentage while putting up 13.1 points per game last year. Junior guard Katie Schubert will also be back on the court this year after recording 6.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game last season. The Skyhawks will welcome six newcomers to the squad in 2014-15, including Mississippi State transfer Jessy Ward who sat out last season due to the NCAA transfer rule. Ward joins a cast of newcomers to the court including transfers Haley Howard (Butler), Ashton Feldhaus (Butler), Monique Jackson (Ole Miss) along with signees DaiJia Ruffin and Danielle Woolfolk.

Jacksonville State is coming off one of the best turnarounds in NCAA Women’s Basketball last season. The Gamecocks posted a 14-18 overall record while going 8-8 in OVC play last year after winning just one game in 2012-13. Rick Pietri, the reigning OVC Coach of the Year, enters his second season at Jacksonville State and will have all five of his starters back from a year ago. Among the returnees are senior guard Candace Morton and Destany McLin. Morton, a native of Lexington, Ky., led the team and ranked among league leaders with 16.6 points per game while also bringing down 7.1 boards each time out last season. A product of Athens, Ala., McLin recorded 14.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in 2013-14. Jacksonville State will also have four newcomers on the team this year as freshman Gretchen Morrison, Tyler Phelion and Leah Strain as well as senior Courtney Strain join the squad.

 

2014-15 OVC Women’s Basketball Predicted Order of Finish                            
(Selected by OVC Head Basketball Coaches and Sports Information Directors)
 
 1. Belmont (14 first-place votes) – 224
 2. UT Martin (Three first-place votes) – 203
 3. Jacksonville State (Two first-place votes) – 189
 4. Tennessee Tech – 169
 5. SIUE – 152
 6. Tennessee State (Two first-place votes) – 144                                                         
 7. Eastern Kentucky (Three first-place votes) – 138
 8. Eastern Illinois                – 92
 9. Murray State – 83
10. Southeast Missouri – 73
11. Austin Peay – 71
12. Morehead State – 40
 
2014-15 Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Team     
(Selected by OVC Head Basketball Coaches and Sports Information Directors)
 
Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Jordyn Luffman, Belmont
 
NAME, SCHOOL                                   
Jordyn Luffman, Belmont
Sabina Oroszova, Eastern Illinois
Candace Morton, Jacksonville State
Almesha Jones, Morehead State
Chelsea Hudson, Tennessee State
Ashia Jones, UT Martin
Destany McLin, Jacksonville State
Tiasha Gray, Austin Peay
Keiona Kirby, Murray State
Tierny Austin, SIUE

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Walden selected to OVC Preseason Men’s Basketball team

Posted on 21 October 2014 by admin

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Colonel senior Corey Walden was the lone Colonel selected to the OVC Preseason Men’s Basketball team voted on by conference coaches and SIDs. Walden is one of two starters returning from a team that steamrolled through the 2014 OVC Tournament, beating three teams in three days and trailing for only 41 seconds during the entire tournament. Walden was also named the 2013-14 OVC Defensive Player of the Year.

The 2014-15 OVC Preseason Men’s Basketball team is headlined by Murray State sophomore guard Cameron Payne who was named the OVC Preseason Player of the Year.

Payne is the first sophomore to be named Preseason Player of the Year since the award was first handed out in 1993-94.

Overall seven different schools were represented on the team with Murray State having the most selections (3) and Belmont (2) also having multiple picks. Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, Southeast Missouri and UT Martin had one selection apiece. The squad features five players who were either first or second-team selections last season and three players who were selected to the 2013-14 OVC All-Newcomer Team. The team is comprised of seven seniors, two juniors and a sophomore.

Payne was named both a first-team All-OVC selection and OVC Freshman of the Year after averaging 16.8 points, 5.4 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals/game and leading Murray State to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) Championship (where he was named MVP).

In addition to Payne the other players named to the All-OVC Team last year and appearing on the preseason team this season are Southeast Missouri State senior guard Jarekious Bradley (19.0 points, 6.3 rebounds/game), Belmont junior guard Craig Bradshaw (15.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists/game), Morehead State senior guard Angelo Warner (17.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals/game) and Murray State senior forward Jarvis Williams (14.9 points, 9.9 rebounds/game and 64.8 FG%).

The Preseason All-OVC Team is rounded out by Belmont senior guard Reece Chamberlain (10.9 points, 5.5 assists/game), Austin Peay junior center Chris Horton (13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.1 blocks/game), Murray State senior guard T.J. Sapp (13.3 points, 3.8 rebounds/game) and UT Martin senior forward Myles Taylor (14.6 points, 6.3 rebounds/game).

2014-15 Preseason All-OVC Men’s Basketball Team
Jarekious Bradley, Southeast Missouri
Craig Bradshaw, Belmont
Reece Chamberlain, Belmont
Chris Horton, Austin Peay
Cameron Payne, Murray State
T.J. Sapp, Murray State
Myles Taylor, UT Martin
Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky
Angelo Warner, Morehead State
Jarvis Williams, Murray State

Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Cameron Payne, Murray State

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Colonels picked third in OVC East by coaches and SIDs

Posted on 21 October 2014 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – In a vote of Ohio Valley Conference head men’s basketball coaches and sports information directors Eastern Kentucky University has been picked to place third in the OVC Eastern division for the 2014-15 season. Murray State was picked to win the OVC overall title.

Eastern Kentucky captured the OVC Tournament Championship in 2014 and gave No. 2 seed Kansas all it wanted before falling in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. The team returns eight players from that squad including 2013-14 OVC Defensive Player of the Year Corey Walden. Walden was also named a Defensive All-American by CollegeInsider.com after finishing the year with 76 steals (2.2/game) and also adding 13.8 points and 4.1 rebounds/game. He also earned OVC Tournament MVP honors in helping his team to three wins in as many days in Nashville; he scored 29 points in the team’s title victory over Belmont. Also returning is senior forward Eric Stutz who shot 65.1 percent from the field while averaging 8.6 points and 4.6 rebounds/game; he scored 15 points against Kansas in the NCAA Tournament. The team got off to an early start this season with a preseason trip to Australia in August.

Murray State, who has won a league-best 23 OVC regular season championships, picked up 15 of 24 first-place votes in being picked the overall regular season champion. The Racers were also tabbed the West Division favorites, picking up 22 of 24 first-place votes in that category, while two-time defending regular season champion Belmont was picked the East Division favorites.

In the overall champion voting, in addition to Murray State picking up 15 first-place votes other teams with first-place votes included Belmont (7), Eastern Kentucky (1) and Morehead State (1).

Since Murray State was picked as the overall champion, they were also an overwhelming favorite to take first place in its own division; the Racers have finished first in the West in each of the first two years of divisional play. MSU received 132 total points to top the West and were followed by Southeast Missouri (who picked up the other 2 first-place votes and 109 points), SIUE (77), Austin Peay (70), Eastern Illinois (64) and UT Martin (40).

Belmont picked up 16 of the 24 first-place votes and 125 points in being picked the East Division favorite while Morehead State (103) and Eastern Kentucky (102) each picked up four first-place votes. The East was rounded out by Tennessee Tech (71), Jacksonville State (52) and Tennessee State (40).

After playing a challenging non-conference schedule last season Murray State compiled a 13-3 record in Conference play to finish second overall behind Belmont. The Racers suffered a loss in the OVC Tournament semifinals to eventual champion Eastern Kentucky and accepted a bid to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). After a first round road win at Missouri State, MSU came home to defeat Nebraska-Omaha, Towson, Pacific and Yale in succession to win the CIT Championship. This season MSU returns four starters from that squad including Preseason OVC Player of the Year Cameron Payne and Preseason All-OVC selections Jarvis Williams and T.J Sapp. Payne earned OVC Freshman of the Year honors last season after ranking fourth in the OVC in assists (5.4/game), fifth in steals (1.7/game) and seventh in scoring (16.8 points/game); he was also named MVP of the CIT in helping the Racers to the title. Williams had a 64.8 field goal percentage during the season, which ranked first in the NCAA while also producing a league-best 14 double-doubles to go along with his 14.9 points and 9.9 rebounds/game average. In his first year with MSU after transferring from Clemson, Sapp averaged 13.3 points/game and knocked down 45 3-pointers. The Racers are looking to continue its streak of 27 consecutive winning seasons, a mark that ranks tied for fourth nationally.

After falling in the OVC Tournament Championship game last season, Belmont earned a bid to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) and became the first OVC team to advance to the NIT Quarterfinals since 2002; the Bruins gave Clemson all it could handle in that matchup before falling by five points. The team did graduate OVC Player of the Year J.J. Mann but returns eight players from last season’s 26-10 squad including two players who were named to the Preseason All-OVC Team in guards Craig Bradshaw and Reece Chamberlain. Bradshaw had a breakout season as a sophomore, going from a 2.2 points/game average his rookie season to averaging 15.7 points/game with increased playing time in 2013-14. Bradshaw also averaged 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists/game while knocking down nearly 40 percent of his 3-point attempts. Chamberlain ranked third in the OVC in averaging 5.5 assists/game while also scoring 10.9 points/contest. Entering this year the Bruins are one of just six Division I teams to win 26 or more games in each of the past four seasons.

Morehead State continues to make strides under third-year head coach Sean Woods who has improved the team’s overall and Conference records in each of his first two seasons with the Eagles. Last year the team was 20-14 overall and 10-6 in Conference contests in earning a bid to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). This year MSU returns nine players including four starters. That group is led by Preseason All-OVC selection Angelo Warner who finished last season ranked sixth in the OVC in scoring (17.5 points/game), third in steals (2.0/game) and fourth in minutes played (34.8/game). The senior Warner became a member of the school’s 1,000-Point Club last season. He will share the backcourt with senior Kareem Storey who ranked fifth in the OVC in assists (5.1/game) last season.
2014-15 Preseason OVC Men’s Basketball Predicted Order of Finish
Overall OVC Champion: Murray State (15 first-place vote)
Other Teams Receiving Overall First-Place Votes: Belmont (7), Eastern Kentucky (1), Morehead State (1)

East Division
1. Belmont (16 first-place votes) – 125 points
2. Morehead State (4) – 103
3. Eastern Kentucky (4) – 102
4. Tennessee Tech – 71
5. Jacksonville State – 52
6. Tennessee State – 40

West Division
1. Murray State (22 first-place vote) – 132 points
2. Southeast Missouri (2) – 109
3. SIUE – 77
4. Austin Peay – 70
5. Eastern Illinois – 64
6. UT Martin 40

 

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Colonels fall in latest FCS polls

Posted on 20 October 2014 by admin

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After giving up 29 points in the fourth quarter in a loss to Tennessee Tech, The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels took a tumble in the latest FCS polls release on Monday.

In the The Sports Network poll, the Colonels fell six spots to 19th while in the Coaches’ Poll, the Colonels also fell six spots to 18th. The loss was the first of the 2014 season. The Colonels will look to get in the win column this weekend against Southeast Missouri State. Kickoff is set for 3 pm and is Homecoming for the Colonels.

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Colonels picked 2nd in the East in preseason media poll; Lady Colonels picked third

Posted on 17 October 2014 by admin

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For the first time in recent history the Ohio Valley Conference has conducted a Preseason Men’s and Women’s Media Poll prior to the start of the season. In total 22 voters from around the league cast a ballot on whom they thought would be the 2014-15 basketball favorites and preseason players of the year.

The OVC will release its preseason poll and All-OVC team, as voted on by league head coaches and sports information directors, on Tuesday during the league’s annual Media Day in Nashville.

The media panel picked the Murray State men’s team and the Belmont women’s team as the preseason favorites. Murray State sophomore guard Cameron Payne was tabbed the OVC Men’s Basketball Preseason Player of the Year while Eastern Illinois senior forward Sabina Oroszova was picked the OVC Women’s Basketball Preseason Player of the Year.

In the men’s voting Murray State picked up 16 of the 22 first-place votes in the overall regular season championship category (Belmont received the other six first-place votes). The Racers were a unanimous favorite in the West Division, a title they have claimed each of the past two years. MSU picked up 132 total points to finish ahead of Southeast Missouri (109), Eastern Illinois (68), Austin Peay (60), SIUE (57) and UT Martin (36). Belmont was picked the East Division favorites in receiving 19 of the 22 first-place votes and 127 total points. Eastern Kentucky picked up one first-place vote and 104 total points while Morehead State was tabbed the East favorites by two pollsters and totaled 97 points. The East balloting was rounded out by Tennessee Tech (62), Jacksonville State (41) and Tennessee State (31).

This year the OVC women’s basketball teams will no longer compete in divisional play as they have the past two years. Belmont picked up nine of the 20 first-place votes cast for women’s teams to finish with a preseason best 216 points. UT Martin was picked second after receiving six first-place votes and 210 points, Eastern Kentucky received four first-place votes and 208 points while Jacksonville State picked up the final vote and 155 total points. Tennessee State received 147 points in being picked fifth and were followed by Tennessee Tech (143), SIUE (100), Eastern Illinois (99), Austin Peay (80), Murray State (74), Southeast Missouri (65) and Morehead State (63).

The pollsters for the 2014-15 OVC Media Poll were: Bob Belvin, ESPN Clarksville; Jason Blanton, Morehead State Radio; Catlin Bogard, OVC Ball; Mike Bradd, Eastern Illinois Radio; Neal Bradley, Murray State Radio; Chris Brinkley, UT Martin Radio; Chris Brown, Anniston Star; Thomas Corhern, Cookeville Herald-Citizen; Craig Delk, Cookeville Herald-Citizen; James Horne, Paducah Sun; David Loos, Austin Peay Radio; Courtney Martinez, Belmont Vision; JR McHenry, JR The Bossman Show; Brian Nielsen, Journal Gazette/Times-Courier; Mike Organ, The Tennessean; Mike Parris, Jacksonville State Radio; Harry Schroeder, ValleyHoopsInsider.com; Erik Sean, Southeast Missouri Radio; Aldo Soto, Daily Eastern News; Greg Stotelmyer, Eastern Kentucky Radio; Craig Thomas, Jackson Sun; Rich Tiner, Belmont Radio.
2014-15 Media OVC Preseason Men’s Predicted Order of Finish
Overall Champion: Murray State (16 first-place votes)

East Division
1. Belmont (19 first-place votes) – 127 points
2. Eastern Kentucky (1) – 104
3. Morehead State (2) – 97
4. Tennessee Tech – 62
5. Jacksonville State – 41
6. Tennessee State – 31

West Division
1. Murray State (22 first-place votes) – 132 points
2. Southeast Missouri – 109
3. Eastern Illinois – 68
4. Austin Peay – 60
5. SIUE – 57
6. UT Martin – 36

Preseason Player of the Year: Cameron Payne, Murray State

2014-15 Media OVC Preseason Women’s Predicted Order of Finish
1. Belmont (9 first-place votes) – 216 points
2. UT Martin (6) – 210
3. Eastern Kentucky (4) – 208
4. Jacksonville State (1) – 155
5. Tennessee State – 147
6. Tennessee Tech – 143
7. SIUE – 100
8. Eastern Illinois – 99
9. Austin Peay – 80
10. Murray State – 74
11. Southeast Missouri – 65
12. Morehead State – 63

Preseason Player of the Year: Sabina Oroszova, Eastern Illinois

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Colonel football to play at UK next season

Posted on 14 October 2014 by admin

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The SEC released their 2015 football schedule and the Colonels make an appearance on it. The Colonels are scheduled to play the University of Kentucky in Lexington on Oct. 3, 2015 at Commonwealth Stadium. This will mark the fourth time the Colonels have played the Wildcats. The last time was back in 2009 with the Wildcats coming out with a 37-12 win.

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Lloyd Named OVC Specialist of the Week

Posted on 12 October 2014 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – For the second time this season, placekicker #Andrew Lloyd# was named the adidas OVC Specialist of the Week following his performance in the Eastern Kentucky University football team’s dramatic 36-33 overtime win against Eastern Illinois Saturday night.

Lloyd made both of his field goal attempts, including the game-winner in overtime, as No. 16 Eastern Kentucky came from behind to top Eastern Illinois and remain undefeated (6-0). Lloyd connected from 24 yards in the second quarter and 29-yards out in overtime to give the Colonels the victory. The senior hailing from Winchester, Virginia, is now 8-of-9 on field goal attempts this season and has made 14 of his last 15 attempts dating back to last fall.

For the season, Lloyd leads the Colonels in scoring (48 points), has been perfect on PATs (24-of-24) and has tallied 21 touchbacks on 37 kickoffs.

The other OVC weekly award winners were Murray State quarterback KD Humphries (Offensive), Jacksonville State defensive back Jermaine Hough (Defensive) and Eastern Illinois quarterback Jalen Whitlow (Newcomer).

Eastern Kentucky, one of just five remaining unbeaten teams at the FCS level, travels to Tennessee Tech this Saturday, Oct. 18. Game time is set for 8 p.m. ET.

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