Archive | May, 2015

Colonels to resume series with Hilltoppers on the hardwood in December

Posted on 20 May 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University will renew their men’s basketball rivalry beginning with the 2015-16 season and face off each of the next four seasons.

The four-game, home-and-home series will begin Tuesday, Dec. 1 in Bowling Green. The Hilltoppers will then come to Richmond during the 2016-17 season, and again in 2018-19.

“We are excited to renew our rivalry with WKU,” Eastern Head Coach Dan McHale said. “Anytime we can play one of the other teams in the state it just enhances our brand and shows the passion that Kentuckians have for college basketball. Coach Harper’s Hilltoppers are well coached and we look forward to keeping this rivalry going for many years to come.”

The two teams last played each other on Dec. 8, 2007 in Richmond. That game was the final in a four-game series that began in 2004. The current seven-year stretch without playing is the second longest period the two teams have gone without meeting. The two rivals went 10 seasons without playing each other from 1994 to 2004.

Eastern and Western have met 155 times, including every season from 1926-27 until WKU left the Ohio Valley Conference following the 1981-82 season.

“I want to thank our good friends Coach Ray Harper and Director of Athletics Todd Stewart at WKU for recognizing the significance of this series to our basketball programs, but more importantly to our fans,” Eastern Kentucky Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller said. “There has been great athletic tradition between these two outstanding Universities and I am proud to have been a small part of re-establishing this series.”

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Bengals sign Lengel to free agent contract

Posted on 08 May 2015 by admin

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The Bengals released their list of 11 college free agents Friday morning in anticipation of Friday afternoon’s first practice of rookie minicamp. Included in the players signed is former Colonel tight end Matt Lengel. Lengel was this past season’s winner of the Roy Kidd Award for EKU.

The Roy Kidd Award is given to a player(s) annually based upon his performance on the field, success in the classroom and positive involvement in the community. Lengel, a sixth-year senior from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, battled back from back-to-back season-ending injuries in 2012 and 2013 to be a major contributor this year. The tight end earned nine starts and finished fifth on the squad with 16 receptions for 139 yards. Lengel tallied at least one reception in eight games while recording season highs in receptions (three) and receiving yards (33) at Tennessee Tech on Oct. 18.

Bengals college Free Agents signees

CB TROY HILL, Oregon, 5-11 182
C-G CHRISTOPHER JASPERSE, Marshall 6-3 292
WR JAKE KUMEROW, Wisconsin-Whitewater 6-5 209
TE MATT LENGEL, Eastern Kentucky 6-8 272
K TOM OBARSKI, Concordia-St. Paul 5-10 177
S FLOYD RAVEN, Texas A&M 6-0, 202
LB TREVOR ROACH, Nebraska 6-2 237
C JAKE SMITH, Louisville 6-3 306
RB TERRELL WATSON, Azusa Pacific 6-1 242
FB MARK WEISMAN, Iowa 5-11 242
DT DESHAWN WILLIAMS, Clemson 6-1 295

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Defense Dominates EKU Football’s Spring Game, 29-19

Posted on 01 May 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Defense was the name of the game Thursday night as the Maroon (defense) squad defeated the White (offense) team in the Eastern Kentucky University football team’s annual Maroon-White game, 29-19.

Excluding a late touchdown pass from junior quarterback Kyle Romano as time expired, the Colonel defense held the offense without a touchdown the entire scrimmage.

Defensive stops were a team effort for the Colonels. Seventeen defenders totaled two or more tackles. Corner back Blake Crowell, linebacker Aaron Patrick and linebacker Luke Kallschmidt, all newcomers, each totaled six stops to lead the pack.

The Maroon team also had an interception returned for a touchdown by transfer linebacker D’Vonta Derricott. The junior picked off a Tyler Swafford pass and returned it 25 yards to the end zone with 3:57 to go in the third quarter.

Sophomore wide receiver Scott Daniel led the offense with six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. Daniel had a long 47-yard reception from Romano in the second quarter. Senior wide receiver Jaucady Rutledge added eight catches for 32 yards.

The quarterbacks rotated throughout the game for the offense. Junior Bennie Coney started the game and finished 12-of-18 for 44 yards. Romano was a highlight for the offense, going 12-of-24 for 115 yards and the lone touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Junior JJ Jude started in place of the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year Dy’Shawn Mobley, who sat out the game. Jude carried the ball seven times for 11 yards.

The offense was also without injured starting wide receivers Devin Borders and Jeff Glover, as well as offensive lineman Josh Minor.

Highly-regarded transfer Noah Spence totaled two tackles for the game, one solo and one assist.

The defense earned seven points for a touchdown, four for a turnover, two for a three-and-out and one for a fourth down stop. The offense were awarded seven points for a touchdown, three for a field goal and two for two consecutive first downs without scoring a touchdown or field goal.

Eastern Kentucky, which finished 9-4 overall in the fall and advanced to the 2014 NCAA FCS playoffs, opens its 2015 slate on Thursday night, Sept. 3 with a home game against Valparaiso.

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