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Coaches Pick Mobley As Preseason Player Of The Year; Colonels picked third in OVC

Coaches Pick Mobley As Preseason Player Of The Year; Colonels picked third in OVC

Posted on 20 July 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky’s Dy’Shawn Mobley was chosen as the Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year by the league’s head coaches and media relations contacts. Four Colonels were chosen Preseason All-OVC and EKU was picked to place third in the preseason poll.

Season tickets are now on sale. To purchase season tickets, please call the EKU Ticket Office at 859-622-2122. Eastern begins the 2015 season at home against Valparaiso on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.

Along with Mobley, offensive guard Trey Shelton and offensive tackle Brett Eyckmans were selected to the Preseason All-OVC team on the offensive side. Defensive back Stanley Absanon was a Preseason All-OVC selection on defense.

Mobley, a preseason All-American by STATS and one of 22 players from across the nation on the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List, was the OVC Offensive Player of the Year last season and a finalist for the Walter Payton Award.

He helped the Colonels to a 9-4 record by rushing for 1,491 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns. The Powell, Tennessee native ranked sixth in the nation in touchdowns, 12th in yards and 14th in yards per game (114.7).

Eyckmans and Shelton anchored an offensive line that paved the way for Mobley and EKU’s running attack to churn out 220.5 yards per game on the ground last season. Eyckmans, a 6-foot-4 290-pound senior from Lexington, Kentucky, was a first team All-OVC honoree last season and a third team preseason All-American by STATS this season. Shelton, a 6-foot-4 300-pound senior from Chester, Virginia, garnered second team All-OVC honors a year ago.

Absanon, a 5-foot-11 185-pound senior from Auburndale, Florida, tied for the team lead with four interceptions in 2014, broke up a team-best nine pass attempts and totaled 56 tackles in 2014.

EKU totaled 106 points in the preseason OVC poll, one less than second place Eastern Illinois (107). Jacksonville State (128) earned 16 first-place votes and is the preseason favorite. Eastern Kentucky garnered the only other two first-place votes.

Tennessee-Martin (78) was fourth and Tennessee State (66) came in fifth. Southeast Missouri (63) and Tennessee Tech (45) were sixth and seventh respectively. Murray State (38) and Austin Peay (17) rounded out the poll in eighth and ninth.

2015 Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Football Team
(Selected by OVC Head Football Coaches and Sports Information Directors)

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Dy’Shawn Mobley (RB), Eastern Kentucky
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Devaunte Sigler (DL), Jacksonville State

OFFENSE
Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
QB Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville State * 6-3 200 R-Jr. Birmingham, Ala.
RB Dy’Shawn Mobley, Eastern Kentucky * 5-11 215 Sr. Powell, Tenn.
RB DeMichael Jackson, Southeast Missouri ** 5-10 190 Sr. Louisville, Ky.
WR Paul McRoberts, Southeast Missouri * 6-3 197 Sr. St. Louis, Mo.
WR Josh Barge, Jacksonville State ** 6-1 172 R-Jr. Carrollton, Ga.
WR Janawski Davis, Murray State ** 5-7 164 Sr. Eight Mile, Ala.
TE Bo Brummel, Jacksonville State ** 6-3 240 Sr. Arlington, Wash.
C Casey Dunn, Jacksonville State 6-3 289 Jr. Trussville, Ala.
OG Adam Wright, Jacksonville State * 6-4 293 R-Sr. Centerpoint, Ala.
OG Trey Shelton, Eastern Kentucky ** 6-4 300 Sr. Chester, Va.
OT Brett Eyckmans, Eastern Kentucky * 6-4 290 Sr. Lexington, Ky.
OT Justin Lea, Jacksonville State ** 6-4 271 R-So. Henagar, Ala.
OT Evan Kanz, Eastern Illinois ** 6-5 310 R-Jr. Luxemburg, Wis.

DEFENSE
Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
DL Devaunte Sigler, Jacksonville State * 6-5 292 Sr. Mobile, Ala.
DL LaMichael Fanning, Jacksonville State * 6-7 281 R-Sr. Whitesville, Ga.
DL Dino Fanti, Eastern Illinois ** 6-1 265 R-Sr. Venice, Fla.
DL Chris Landrum, Jacksonville State ** 6-3 263 R-Sr. Sweet Water, Ala.
DL Gabe Terry, Tennessee State ** 6-2 225 Sr. Palm Beach, Fla.
LB Kamu Grugier-Hill, Eastern Illinois * 6-2 215 Sr. Papakolea, Hawaii
LB Jonathan Jackson, Murray State 5-11 211 Jr. Mayfi eld, Ky.
LB Roper Garrett, Southeast Missouri 6-1 234 Jr. Farmington, Mo.
LB Tra’Darius Goff, Tennessee Tech 5-11 240 R-Sr. Columbia, Tenn.
DB Jourdan Wickliffe, Eastern Illinois * 6-1 200 R-Sr. Columbus, Ohio
DB Jermaine Hough, Jacksonville State * 5-10 180 Sr. Lovejoy, Ga.
DB Stanley Absanon, Eastern Kentucky 5-11 185 Sr. Auburndale, Fla.
DB DeBarriaus Miller, Jacksonville State 6-0 190 Sr. Fort Valley, Ga.

SPECIALISTS
Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
K Ryan McCrum, Southeast Missouri * 6-0 228 Jr. St. Charles, Mo.
P Hamish MacInnes, Jacksonville State * 6-1 178 Sr. Victoria, Australia
RS Pokey Harris, Murray State * 5-10 173 Sr. Winchester, Ky.
* – 1st team All-OVC team in 2014 ** – 2nd team All-OVC team in 2014

2015 OVC Football Predicted Order of Finish
(Selected by OVC Head Football Coaches and Sports Information Directors)
Order of Finish Points
1. Jacksonville State (16 first-place votes) 128
2. Eastern Illinois 107
3. Eastern Kentucky (2) 106
4. UT Martin 78
5. Tennessee State 66
6. Southeast Missouri 63
7. Tennessee Tech 45
8. Murray State 38
9. Austin Peay 17
Note: 8 points awarded for a first-place vote, 7 for second, etc. – Coaches and SID’s could not vote for their own teams

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Colonels To Play In 2018 Paradise Jam

Colonels To Play In 2018 Paradise Jam

Posted on 19 July 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky’s men’s basketball team will play in the 2018 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

The field of eight will play three games each. The tentative dates for the event are Nov. 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2018. Complete pairings will not be announced until the summer of 2018.

“We are thrilled to be participating in the 2018 Paradise Jam,” Head Coach Dan McHale said. “I have been fortunate enough to participate in it twice and can’t wait to take the Colonels to the Virgin Islands.”

Accommodations, ground travel and ticket packages will be available for Colonel fans through Basketball Travelers, Inc.

The eight participants in last year’s field included Seton Hall, Illinois State, Old Dominion, Clemson, Gardner-Webb, LSU, Weber State and Nevada. The 2015 field includes DePaul, Florida State, Hofstra, Indiana State, Norfolk State, Ohio, South Carolina and Tulsa.

“We will play against top-notch competition and our players and fans will be treated to an amazing experience,” said McHale. “We look forward for the EKU faithful joining us and being a part of something special.”

The Colonels participated in the 2005 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. EKU nearly beat Wisconsin in the first round before falling 95-89 in double overtime. Eastern then knocked off Norfolk State 67-60 before closing out play with a 76-68 loss to Georgia.

Season ticket packages for the 2015-16 campaign will be available the first of September and season ticket renewal information will be sent out at the same time. For more ticket information contact the EKU Ticket Office at 859-622-2122.

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Media Picks Colonels 2nd In OVC

Media Picks Colonels 2nd In OVC

Posted on 17 July 2015 by admin

RICHMOND, Ky. – Media members from across the Ohio Valley Conference picked Eastern Kentucky to finish second in the league this season and recognized senior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley as the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

Season tickets for the 2015 Colonel season are now on sale.  To purchase season tickets, please call the EKU Ticket Office at 859-622-2122.  Eastern begins the 2015 campaign at home against Valparaiso on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.

The Colonels earned 113 points, one more than third place pick Eastern Illinois (112).  EKU was the only team to receive a first-place vote other than preseason favorite Jacksonville State (134).  The Gamecocks were picked first on 14 of 15 ballots.

Mobley, a preseason All-American by STATS and one of 22 players from across the nation on the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List, was the OVC Offensive Player of the Year last season and a finalist for the Walter Payton Award.

He helped the Colonels to a 9-4 record by rushing for 1,491 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns.  The Powell, Tennessee native ranked sixth in the nation in touchdowns, 12th in yards and 14th in yards per game (114.7).

Tennessee-Martin (83) was picked by media members to place fourth in the OVC this season.  Southeast Missouri (59) and Tennessee State (57) were fifth and sixth respectively.  Tennessee Tech (54), Murray State (46) and Austin Peay (17) rounded out the poll in seventh, eighth and ninth.

The OVC will release its preseason poll and All-OVC team, as voted on by league head coaches and media relations contacts, on Monday during the league’s annual Media Day in Nashville.

2015 Media OVC Preseason Football Predicted Order of Finish
1. Jacksonville State (14 first-place votes) – 134 points
2. Eastern Kentucky (1) – 113
3. Eastern Illinois – 112
4. UT Martin – 83
5. Southeast Missouri – 59
6. Tennessee State – 57
7. Tennessee Tech – 54
8. Murray State – 46
9. Austin Peay – 17

2015 Media OVC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Dy’Shawn Mobley (RB), Eastern Kentucky
2015 Media OVC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Devaunte Sigler (DL), Jacksonville State

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Mobley Named to STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List

Mobley Named to STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List

Posted on 14 July 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University senior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley has been named to the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List.

Mobley is one of 22 players from around the country to begin the season on the list. The FCS Offensive Player of the Year Award was formerly known as the Walter Payton Award.

Mobley was the Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Walter Payton Award last season. His performance helped drive the Eastern Kentucky football team to a 9-4 record and OVC-best 21st NCAA FCS Playoffs appearance.

The native of Powell, Tennessee rushed for 20 touchdowns (sixth-most nationally) and 1,491 yards (12th nationally) while also ranking sixth nationally in scoring (9.7 points/game), 14th nationally in rushing yards/game (114.7) and 22nd  nationally in all-purpose yards (138.5/game). He tied the OVC record with six total touchdowns (5 rushing, 1 receiving) against Murray State on November 15, a game in which he racked up 324 all-purpose yards (the sixth-highest total by a FCS player that season). Mobley produced eight 100-yard rushing games during the 2014 season and scored multiple rushing touchdowns in five games. His 20 rushing touchdowns were the third-most in OVC single-season history while his 126 points were the fourth-most in OVC history.

Mobley was named a first team preseason All-American by STATS last week.

The STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List can undergo revision during the 2015 season. A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on the winner following the regular season.

STATS, the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company, purchased The Sports Network in February and will significantly expand its coverage of FCS football in 2015, serving the FCS community with complete coverage through awards programs and a weekly Top 25 poll.

Also this season, STATS will honor the outstanding defensive player in the FCS, a freshman player of the year and a coach of the year with season-ending awards.

The FCS Defensive Player of the Year Watch List is scheduled to be released on Wednesday.

Mobley and the EKU football team open the 2015 season versus Valparaiso on Thursday night, September 3, at Roy Kidd Stadium.

STATS Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Watch List
Tarik Cohen (RB), North Carolina AT&T
Marshaun Coprich (RB), Illinois State
Khairi Dickson (RB), Saint Francis (Pa.)
Ed Eagan (All-Purpose), Northwestern State
Chase Edmonds (RB), Fordham
John Gibbs, Jr. (QB), Alcorn State
Johnta Hebert (All-Purpose), Prairie View A&M
Jacob Huesman (QB), Chattanooga
Connor Kacsor (RB), Dayton
Cooper Kupp (WR), Eastern Washington
Vad Lee (QB), James Madison
Troy Mitchell (QB), Western Carolina
Dy’Shawn Mobley (RB), Eastern Kentucky
Darrin Peterson (WR), Liberty
Dakota Prukop (QB), Montana State
Tre Roberson (QB), Illinois State
John Robertson (QB), Villanova
Alex Ross (QB), Coastal Carolina
Darius Victor (RB), Towson
Herb Walker, Jr. (RB), Morgan State
Carson Wentz (QB), North Dakota State
Dalyn Williams (QB), Dartmouth

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Men's 2015-16 basketball schedule announced

Men’s 2015-16 basketball schedule announced

Posted on 09 July 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky will play nine games in 2015-16 against teams that advanced to the postseason last season, including five games against NCAA Tournament teams.

Eastern’s schedule includes 11 games against teams that posted a winning record a year ago and 12 games against squads that had winning records in their conference.

Four-game series with Western Kentucky, Manhattan College and North Carolina Wilmington have previously been announced as well as a single against the University of Kentucky.

Season ticket packages will be available around the first of October. Season ticket renewal information will be sent out about one month before the season starts. For more ticket information contact the EKU Ticket Office at 859-622-2122.

“We are really excited about our schedule in year one for the new-look Colonels,” McHale said. “We will be tested early and often, and I am excited about that. I am excited to show our brand of basketball to the Commonwealth and playing such great opponents will prepare my team for OVC play come the New Year.”

The Colonels will get play an exhibition game against Union College on Nov. 8 before opening the season at home against Coppin State on Nov. 13. After a road game at UNC Wilmington on Nov. 16, Eastern will host the six-game @EKUHoops Classic. The three other teams will be Ball State, Longwood and South Carolina State. The Colonels will face Ball State on Nov. 20, South Carolina State on Nov. 21 and Longwood on Nov. 22.

EKU will close out the month of November with home games against Thomas More and Southern Utah.

Eastern Kentucky will play eight games in December, six of which will be on the road, including at Western Kentucky on Dec. 1, at Kentucky on Dec. 9, at Marshall on Dec. 12 and at West Virginia on Dec. 21. The Colonels will play host to Florida Atlantic on Dec. 15 and close out the calendar year in McBrayer Arena against Manhattan on the 29th.

Kentucky, West Virginia and Manhattan each played in the NCAA Tournament last season along with conference foe Belmont.

EKU begins Ohio Valley Conference play on Jan. 2 at Austin Peay. The first home conference game comes on Jan. 7 against Tennessee-Martin, the team that ended Eastern’s 2014-15 season on a last-second three-pointer in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT).

The Colonels will host rivals Murray State (Jan. 27) and Morehead State (Jan. 30) in back-to-back games at the end of January. The final home games of the regular season will be on Feb. 13 against Tennessee State and Feb. 18 against Belmont. Eastern concludes the regular season on the road at Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech.

Non-conference opponent UNC Wilmington and league foes Tennessee-Martin and Eastern Illinois played in last year’s CIT. Murray State advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT.

The 2016 OVC Tournament is slated for March 2-5 in Nashville.

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Two Colonels named to STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team

Two Colonels named to STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team

Posted on 09 July 2015 by admin

Colonel running back Dy’Shawn Mobley and offensive lineman Brett Eyckmans were named to the STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team today. Mobley was named to the First team on offense while Eyckmans was named to the Third team.

As a junior, Mobley earned 2014 OVC Offensive Player of the Year accolades after leading the Ohio Valley Conference in rushing (1,491 yards) and rushing touchdowns (20). His rushing total was the sixth most in a single season by an EKU player. Mobley set a program record and equaled an OVC mark when he scored six touchdowns in the win over Murray State on Nov. 15, 2014.

Hailing from Powell, Tennessee, Mobley produced a league-high eight 100-yard rushing games in 2014. His 20 rushing touchdowns were the third most in OVC single-season history while his 126 points were the fourth-most in the league annals. Mobley was also recently recognized on Athlon’s preseason FCS All-American list.

Eyckmans, a senior from Lexington, started all 13 games at left tackles for the Colonels earning First Team All-OVC honors last season. He was voted Offensive Lineman of the year by his teammates and helped the Colonel offense average over 31 points per game.

 

First team

Offense

Quarterback — John Robertson, senior, 6-foot-1, 221 pounds, Villanova.

Running Backs — Marshaun Coprich, senior, 5-9, 205, Illinois State; Chase Edmonds, sophomore, 5-9, 185, Fordham; Dy’Shawn Mobley, senior, 5-11, 215, Eastern Kentucky.

Fullback — Seth Fisher, senior, 6-2, 232, Richmond.

Wide Receivers — Cooper Kupp, junior, 6-2, 195, Eastern Washington; Darrin Peterson, senior, 6-2, 190, Liberty; Jake Wieneke, sophomore, 6-4, 210, South Dakota State.

Tight End — Josh Cook, junior, 6-3, 221, Idaho State.

Offensive Linemen — Jonathan Burgess, senior, 6-2, 305, Liberty; JP Flynn, junior, 6-5, 320, Montana State; Joe Haeg, senior, 6-6, 299, North Dakota State; Donald Jackson III, senior, 6-2, 277, Sam Houston State; Corey Levin, junior, 6-5, 285, Chattanooga.

All-Purpose — Johnta Hebert, senior, 5-10, 195, Prairie View A&M.

Place-Kicker — John Lunsford, senior, 6-1, 180, Liberty.

Kick Returner — Pokey Harris, senior, 5-10, 173, Murray State.

Defense

Defensive Linemen — James Cowser, graduate, 6-4, 258, Southern Utah; Javon Hargrave, senior, 6-3, 311, South Carolina State; O.J. Mau, senior, 6-2, 315, Gardner-Webb; Jonathan Woodard, senior, 6-6, 271, Central Arkansas.

Linebackers — Don Cherry, senior, 6-1, 221, Villanova; Luke Rhodes, senior, 6-2, 242, William & Mary; Darnell Sankey, senior, 6-2, 250, Sacramento State; Connor Underwood, senior, 6-3, 240, Indiana State.

Defensive Backs — Casey DeAndrade, junior, 5-11, 214, New Hampshire; Jermaine Hough, senior, 5-10, 180, Jacksonville State; Harlan Miller, senior, 6-1, 180, Southeastern Louisiana; Donald Payne, junior, 6-0, 215, Stetson.

Punter — Ben LeCompte, senior, 5-10, 200, North Dakota State.

Long Snapper — Kameron Canaday, senior, 6-4, 230, Portland State.

Punt Returner — Antonio Hamilton, senior, 6-0, 185, South Carolina State.

Second team

Offense

Quarterbacks — Jacob Huesman, senior, 6-2, 220, Chattanooga; Vad Lee, senior, 6-1, 225, James Madison.

Running Backs — Khairi Dickson, senior, 6-0, 182, Saint Francis; Connor Kacsor, senior, 6-0, 211, Dayton; Darius Victor, junior, 5-8, 210, Towson.

Fullback — Andrew Bonnet, senior, 6-3, 250, North Dakota State.

Wide Receivers — Chris King, senior, 6-1, 235, Duquesne; Lance Lenoir, junior, 6-0, 190, Western Illinois; Madison Mangum, senior, 6-2, 212, Idaho State.

Tight End — Jordan Payne, senior, 6-2, 220, Alcorn State.

Offensive Linemen — Robert Booker, senior, 6-3, 312, Missouri State; Bruce Johnson, senior, 6-3, 295, Maine; Zack Johnson, junior, 6-4, 329, North Dakota State; Garrick Mayweather, senior, 6-3, 314, Fordham; Aaron Neary, senior, 6-4, 300, Eastern Washington.

All-Purpose — Ed Eagan, senior, 5-10, 181, Northwestern State; Chandler Curtis, sophomore, 5-10, 186, Mercer.

Place-Kicker — Michael Schmadeke, junior, 5-10, 165, Northern Iowa.

Kick Returner — Xavier Roberson, senior, 5-9, 180, Southeastern Louisiana.

Defense

Defensive Linemen — P.J. Hall, sophomore, 6-1, 270, Sam Houston State; Victor Ochi, senior, 6-2, 250, Stony Brook; Devaunte Sigler, senior, 6-5, 292, Jacksonville State; Chima Uzowihe, senior, 6-2, 250, Liberty.

Linebackers — Kourtney Berry, junior, 6-0, 215, Alabama State; Deon King, senior, 6-1, 220, Norfolk State; Pat Meehan, senior, 6-1, 225, Illinois State; Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga, junior, 6-1, 240, Maine.

Defensive Backs — James Bradberry, senior, 6-1, 205, Samford; DeAndre Houston-Carson, senior, 6-2, 195, William & Mary; Tim Kilfoy, senior, 6-1, 191, Northern Iowa; Brent Spikes, senior, 6-1, 196, McNeese State.

Punter — Lachlan Edwards, senior, 6-5, 214, Sam Houston State.

Long Snapper — Josh Appel, junior, 6-2, 250, Indiana State.

Punt Returner — Ladarius Vanlier, senior, 5-8, 175, Tennessee Tech.

Third team

Offense

Quarterbacks — Dakota Prukop, junior, 6-2, 195, Montana State; Tre Roberson, senior, 6-0, 205, Illinois State.

Running Backs — Xavier Finney, senior, 5-11, 196, Idaho State; De’Angelo Henderson, junior, 5-8, 205, Coastal Carolina; Herb Walker Jr., junior, 5-8, 180, Coastal Carolina.

Fullback — Nick Butier, senior, 6-1, 240, Northern Arizona.

Wide Receivers — Seth DeValve, senior, 6-4, 240, Princeton; Paul McRoberts, senior, 6-3, 197, Southeast Missouri State; William Morris, senior, 6-2, 178, Davidson.

Tight End — Duncan Fletcher, junior, 6-4, 222, Furman.

Offensive Linemen — Clay DeBord, senior, 6-6, 305, Eastern Washington; Brett Eyckmans, senior, 6-4, 290, Eastern Kentucky; Andrew Jones, senior, 6-1, 280, William & Mary; Cole Toner, senior. 6-7, 295, Harvard; Byron Williams, senior, 6-4, 302, Stephen F. Austin.

All-Purpose — Tarik Cohen, junior, 5-6, 172, North Carolina A&T.

Place-Kicker — Ryan McCrum, junior, 6-0, 228, Southeast Missouri State.

Kick Returner — Devin Brown, junior, 5-8, 155, Coastal Carolina.

Defense

Defensive Linemen — Trevor Bates, senior, 6-2, 250, Maine; Teddy Corwin, senior, 6-5, 260, Illinois State; Al Page, senior, 6-2, 285, Wagner; Derek Rivers, junior, 6-5, 240, Youngstown State.

Linebackers — Akil Anderson, senior, 6-1, 203, New Hampshire; Kamu Grugier-Hill, senior, 6-2, 215, Eastern Illinois; Cory Magwood, senior, 6-2, 228, Furman; James Rentz, junior, 6-1, 230, Sacred Heart; Kendrick Van Ackeren, senior, 6-1, 220, Montana.

Defensive Backs — Marcus Alford, senior, 5-10, 160, Northern Arizona; Miles Killebrew, senior, 6-3, 223, Southern Utah; Matt Smalley, senior, 5-10, 195, Lafayette; Lucas Webb, sophomore, 6-1, 190, Chattanooga.

Punter — Chris Fraser, junior, 6-2, 208, Cornell.

Long Snapper — James Fisher, sophomore, 6-2, 212, North Dakota State.

Punt Returner — Michael Jones, junior, 5-10, 180, North Carolina Central.

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EKU Women's Basketball Releases 2015-16 Schedule

EKU Women’s Basketball Releases 2015-16 Schedule

Posted on 08 July 2015 by admin

 

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball head coach Chrissy Roberts released the Colonels’ 2015-16 schedule on Wednesday.

EKU will travel to eight states and face teams from 10 conferences, two of which (Western Kentucky and Tennessee State) played in the NCAA Tournament and five of which (Richmond, East Tennessee State, Missouri State, Wright State and UT Martin) played in the WNIT in 2014-15.

“A goal of ours this season is to be competitive against those caliber teams,” Roberts said. “Those tough games early on will only make us better as we get prepared for OVC action.”

The Colonels open the season by hosting Georgetown College on Friday, November 13. They immediately hit the road to play at Richmond on Sunday, November 15. The Spiders defeated EKU, 70-56, last year in McBrayer Arena. They finished the year 19-14 and beat Stetson in the first round of the WNIT before falling to Duquesne, 48-47, four days later.

After hosting Western Carolina on Saturday, November 21, EKU will again hit the road to play Miami (Ohio) in Oxford on Tuesday, November 24. The Colonels defeated the RedHawks in both 2012-13 and 2013-14. The two teams did not play last year.

Eastern will close out November by hosting East Tennessee State on Friday, November 27. The Buccaneers went 21-12 last year and lost to North Carolina State, 73-58, in the first round of the WNIT.

The Colonels will run a veritable gauntlet to open December. They open the month by travelling to Springfield, Missouri to face Missouri State on Saturday, December 5. The Lady Bears went 18-15 last year and reached the WNIT. EKU will then host Wright State at McBrayer Arena on Sunday, December 13. Wright State won 25 games last year and also reached the WNIT.

On Wednesday, December 16, Eastern will travel to Bowling Green to face Western Kentucky. WKU set a Conference USA record for wins in a season last year (30) and nearly upset Texas (66-64) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. EKU and WKU have not met since November 14, 2009.

Following the in-state showdown versus Western Kentucky, EKU will travel to the Sunshine State to play in the Gator Holiday Classic from December 20-21 in Gainesville, Florida.

The Colonels will close out the month of December by hosting Davis & Elkins College on Wednesday, December 30.

EKU will open conference play on the road at Austin Peay on Saturday, January 2. Other conference highlights include hosting traditional OVC power and 2014-15 WNIT participant UT Martin on Thursday, January 7 and hosting defending OVC champion and 2014-15 NCAA Tournament participant Tennessee State on Saturday, February 13.

The Colonels will wrap up the regular season on the road at Tennessee Tech on Saturday, February 27.

The OVC Tournament is scheduled for March 2-5 in Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium.

“The OVC schedule will be grueling, as it is every year,” Roberts added. “But, I believe we have a talented enough team to emerge from the crowd and be the ones cutting down the nets in Nashville come March.”

EKU returns its top two scorers from a team that went 9-17 last year. Junior Michaela Hunter averaged 14.8 points-per-game and 6.3 rebounds-per-game, while senior Shameekia Murray was named second-team All-OVC while averaging 14.0 points-per-game and 4.4 rebounds-per-game.

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Seating Adjustments Made During Stadium Construction

Seating Adjustments Made During Stadium Construction

Posted on 06 July 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – With construction underway at Roy Kidd Stadium, Eastern Kentucky University has announced new seating arrangements for the 2015 season.

All of the seating on the East side of the stadium has been removed. In the past, this side has been primarily reserved for the EKU marching band and visiting fans.

The EKU marching band will now be seated in section B, the student section, on the West side. Additional student seating will be made available in section C. Visiting player guests will have reserved seats in sections H and G.

Guests that in the past have purchased general admission tickets to sit on the East side will now sit in the general admission seats in the upper deck on the West side of the stadium.

If you have any questions regarding seating at Roy Kidd Stadium, or if you would like to purchase season tickets, please call the EKU Ticket Office at 859-622-2122 or email Mike Park at mike.park@eku.edu.

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EKU Announces Series With Manhattan & UNC Wilmington

EKU Announces Series With Manhattan & UNC Wilmington

Posted on 06 July 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team will play Manhattan College and the University of North Carolina Wilmington each of the next four seasons. The Colonels will play two games at home and two on the road against both teams.

Manhattan, an NCAA Tournament team a year ago, will visit McBrayer Arena on Dec. 29. The game will feature a head coaching match-up of McHale and Steve Masiello. McHale (1997-01) was a manager for the University of Kentucky program while Masiello (1996-00) was a walk-on player.

“We are really excited to start a series with Steve and the Manhattan Jaspers,” said Head Coach Dan McHale. “Getting the back-to-back MAAC champions to start a series at McBrayer arena only enhances our non-conference slate. Coach Masiello and I go way back from our years at UK together and have worked on the same staff at UofL. He is someone that I have always admired and I’m thrilled to begin this rivalry between the two schools.”

EKU will play at Manhattan in 2016-17 and 2018-19. The Jaspers will return to McBrayer Arena during the 2017-18 season.

The Colonels will begin their series with UNCW in Wilmington on Nov. 16. The Seahawks went 18-14 last season and played in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. UNC Wilmington tied for first in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 12-6 league mark.

McHale and UNCW Head Coach Kevin Keatts have both worked under Hall of Famer Rick Pitino.

“We are thrilled to start a series with UNC Wilmington and Kevin Keatts,” McHale said. “Anytime we can play a team from the CAA, especially one that is coming off a near 20-win season, it’s going to enhance our already challenging schedule. Kevin is a good friend who I have always had a lot of respect for, and we obviously share a common connection with his time as an assistant for coach Pitino at Louisville.”

The Seahawks will come to Richmond in 2016-17 and again in 2018-19. The Colonels will play a second game in Wilmington during the 2017-18 season.

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Charlie Skalaski Joins EKU Football As Associate Head Coach

Charlie Skalaski Joins EKU Football As Associate Head Coach

Posted on 02 July 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Charlie Skalaski, III will join the Eastern Kentucky University football program as associate head coach, wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, Head Coach Dean Hood announced today.

Skalaski brings a host of collegiate and professional coaching experience with him to Richmond. He started his coaching career working under the likes of Steve Spurrier and Mike Shanahan at the University of Florida and also spent two seasons as an assistant in the NFL.

“Charlie will be a great addition to our staff,” Hood said. “He is a veteran wide receiver coach and a tireless recruiter with a proven track record.”

The Miami, Florida native just completed his second stint as an assistant at Liberty University. In 10 seasons combined he helped the Flames win five Big South Conference Championships. The 2014 Liberty squad beat No. 1 Coastal Carolina in its regular season finale to clinch the program’s first-ever NCAA FCS Playoff appearance. Liberty went on to beat No. 15 James Madison before falling to No. 5 Villanova in the playoffs.

He first joined the staff as the tight ends coach in 2003. A year later he moved over to mentor the wide receivers and held that position with the Flames for eight more years (2004-11). He spent the final six seasons of his first stint at Liberty as the recruiting coordinator as well.

As the receivers coach, Skalaski tutored 11 all-conference players, highlighted by consecutive first team selections by Dominic Bolden (2008), Mike Brown (2009) and Chris Summers (2010 and 2011). Brown and Summers went on to play in the NFL. Brown played for the Chicago Bears (2012), the Minnesota Vikings (2013) and the Buffalo Bills (2014). Summers played the last three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012-14).

Following the 2011 season, Skalaski left Liberty to join Mike Mularkey’s coaching staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars, serving as the assistant to the head coach and offensive assistant. His responsibilities with the Jaguars included working with the wide receivers under assistant coach Jerry Sullivan. During this time, Justin Blackmon broke the Jacksonville rookie record for receptions, receiving yards and yards per reception. In his role as assistant to the head coach, Skalaski helped Mularkey with the development and implementation of all team schedules, including training camp, practices and travel.

Skalaski returned to Liberty before the 2014 season to serve as director of player personnel and recruiting.

As a graduate assistant at Florida from 1978 to 1980, Skalaski worked on both sides of the ball under assistant coaches Spurrier and Shanahan.

Prior to joining the Liberty staff for the first time, Skalaski worked for Steelcase Inc., an international company which is the world’s largest manufacturer of high quality office environments and furniture. He held various sales and management positions during his tenure, culminating with his promotion in 1998 to sales manager of Steelcase’s largest field office, located in New York City. Before his days at Steelcase, Skalaski enjoyed several successful years at the Xerox Corporation, earning the organization’s highest sales recognition in the President’s Club.

As a student-athlete Skalaski was a key defensive player on three bowl teams at the University of Florida. During his junior season against Houston, Skalaski played all four positions in the secondary. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Florida in 1978 and a master’s degree in public administration in 1980.

Skalaski and his wife Ann have three children – Sarah, Charlie IV and Jacob. Charlie IV is the defensive quality control coach at Liberty.

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