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Jeffrey Canady Chosen As Semifinalist For Prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy

Jeffrey Canady Chosen As Semifinalist For Prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy

Posted on 27 September 2017 by admin

RICHMOND, Ky. – Jeffrey Canady is a semifinalist for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy® presented by Fidelity Investments, the National Football Foundation (NFF) announced on Wednesday. The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

Canady is one of only two college football players in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to be chosen as a semifinalist. He is one of only 37 semifinalists from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and one of only four from the Ohio Valley Conference.

From a list of 181 semifinalists, the NFF will announce 12-14 finalists for the trophy on Nov. 1. Each of the finalists will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. One of the finalist will be named the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy at the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5 in New York City, and his postgraduate scholarship will be increased to $25,000.

Each nominee must meet the highest of standards based on their performance in the classroom, on the field and as outstanding leaders and citizens in the community. The candidates come from all levels of play in the NCAA and the NAIA.

Canady is a redshirt senior linebacker from Barbourville, Kentucky. He accumulated a 3.63 grade-point-average while majoring in environmental health sciences as an undergraduate. Canady is currently pursuing a graduate degree in safety, security and emergency management. He was chosen to the 2016 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® Football Team, chosen as the 2017 EKU College of Health Sciences Student of the Year (top student award in the entire college), is a three-time Colonel Scholar and a three-time Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll member. He is also a team captain and a member of the players staff team leadership group.

During his career, Canady has started 15 times, played in 38 games and has made 220 tackles. This year he has 28 tackles through three games, including 1.5 sacks and two tackles for a loss. He ranks fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference, and 47th in the nation, with 9.3 tackles per game. In 2016, Canady led the team, was second in the OVC and seventh in the nation with 123 tackles (11.2 tackles per game). He had 10 or more tackles in a game seven times and posted a season-best 17 tackles at Tennessee Tech (Oct. 1) and against Murray State (Nov. 5). That total tied for the 18th most in a single game in FCS football in 2016.

In addition to his success on the field and in the classroom, Canady has been involved in many community service projects. He has worked with the teen center as a role model for kids from various backgrounds, spending time with them and showing them that people care. He has also worked with the Colonels Cupboard (collects food for less fortunate students), Special Olympics Flag Football (worked with children with various special needs and helped with basic fundamentals of football), Move In Day (helped students move their belongings into university dorms), EKU Fan Day (participated in clinics for kids), National Roll Call, Jock N Roll (student-athlete organized fundraiser that sends a military veteran and his or her family to the OVC Basketball Tournament in Nashville), reading to elementary kids and cleaning up campus.

In addition to his community service, Canady participated in an internship and a part time job related to his field that also help keep people safe and healthy. While working with the Knox County Health Department, Canady conducted food inspections with supervision and observed how onsite sewage inspections are administered. During this past summer, he worked as a part time safety technician with the University of Kentucky Environmental Health and Safety department. His main responsibility was inspecting fume hoods in chemical labs throughout the campus and UK Hospital. He also inspected room pressure and reported maintenance issues. In addition, he played a major role in the ergonomics department which falls under the direction of UK EHS.

The William V. Campbell Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The NCFAA and its 23 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit to learn more.

Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. Learn more at

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Grace Chosen As National Defensive Player Of The Week

Grace Chosen As National Defensive Player Of The Week

Posted on 26 September 2017 by admin

RICHMOND, Ky. – Safety Kobie Grace was chosen as the STATS National Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Teammate Keith Wrzuszczak earned honorable mention recognition for National Special Teams Player of the Week by STATS.

Both players excelled in the Colonels’ 24-21 victory over Tennessee Tech on Saturday.

Grace was a difference maker for the Colonels in the close win. The senior finished with seven tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and two fumbles recovered. He forced and recovered a fumble on TTU’s first possession of the game and the Colonels turned it into three points, which would be the final margin in the game. With Eastern leading by 10, the Winter Park, Florida native intercepted a pass at the EKU 19 on the first play of the fourth quarter to stop a Tech drive. The offense then drove for what would prove to be the game-winning touchdown.

Grace is the first Colonel to earn STATS National Defensive Player of the Week since Stanley Absanon on Sept. 7, 2014.

Wrzuszczak punted the ball nine times for an average of 48.1 yards per punt. The senior boomed a career-best 76-yard punt and had three of 50 or more yards. On a series of three punts in the first half, the Geelong, Australia native pinned TTU at the four, seven and 15 yard lines. Seven of his nine punts led to Tech starting a drive 70 or more yards away from the end zone.

EKU takes to the road on Saturday to play at Southeast Missouri State University (0-4, 0-1 OVC). Kickoff in Cape Girardeau is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

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Canady picks up two weekly honors for game against UK

Canady picks up two weekly honors for game against UK

Posted on 10 September 2017 by admin

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Linebacker Jeffrey Canady was chosen as the adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday.

Canady also picked up Madness Ohio Valley Defensive Player of the Week honors from College Sports Madness.

The Barbourville, Kentucky native and his teammates nearly upset the University of Kentucky on Saturday, leading the Wildcats for nearly three quarters of play and trailing by eight with the ball with just over four minutes left in the game.

Canady finished with 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks for a loss of 11 yards against Kentucky. His 1.5 sacks in that game are the most by an OVC player this year against a Power 5 conference opponent.

Canady’s solo sack came on a 3rd-and-8 play on UK’s first possession of the second quarter with Eastern leading 7-3. The Wildcats were forced to punt and the Colonel offense answered with a touchdown to go up 13-3. With UK trying to answer that score and get back in the game, Canady teamed with Luder Jean Louis for another third down sack that forced Kentucky to punt again, keeping momentum in Eastern’s corner.

Through two games this season, both against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams, Canady has 19 total tackles. The redshirt senior ranks fifth in the OVC and 49th nationally with an average of 9.5 tackles per game. Canady is tied for seventh in the league with 0.75 sacks per game.

The Eastern Kentucky University football program has won two national championships, 21 conference titles and has made 21 playoff appearances. No other Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team has won at least two FCS national titles and 20 or more conference championships.

The Colonels will have a week off of game action before beginning conference play at home on Sept. 23 against Tennessee Tech. Kickoff at Roy Kidd Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m. For ticket information, contact the EKU Athletics Ticket Office at 844-3-GOBIGE.

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EKU Leads For Nearly Three Quarters, Can't Hold Off UK Comeback

EKU Leads For Nearly Three Quarters, Can’t Hold Off UK Comeback

Posted on 09 September 2017 by admin

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky led Kentucky for nearly three quarters before the Wildcats came from behind to pull out a 27-16 victory on Saturday at Kroger Field in Lexington.

After UK made a field goal on its first possession of the game, Eastern scored 13 unanswered points and continued to lead until the 2:57 mark of the third quarter.

On the Colonels’ first possession of the game, Tim Boyle drove the team 75 yards on nine plays to the go-ahead score. Ryan Markush caught a seven-yard touchdown pass to polish off the drive. The extra-point from Lucas Williams made it 7-3 with 6:22 left in the first quarter.

As part of the regular game plan, Austin Scott came on to quarterback the Colonels for the first possession of the second quarter. He methodically moved EKU 66 yards on 12 plays over 6:39. A hand-off and run up the middle by newcomer LJ Scott from seven yards away finished off the drive. The extra-point was blocked and the visitors led 13-3 with 5:44 left in the second quarter.

Kentucky added a score, on a 23-yard pass from Stephen Johnson to C.J. Conrad, with 1:28 remaining before the break to set the halftime score at 13-10.

Eastern went up 16-10 with 4:08 left in the third when Williams sent a 31-yard field goal through the uprights. UK answered on its very next drive, moving 75 yards on just three plays to take the lead. Benny Snell’s 25-yard touchdown run and ensuing extra-point made it 17-16 in favor of the home team with 2:57 showing on the clock in the third.

Kentucky scored on a 21-yard run by Johnson almost five minutes into the fourth quarter to go up eight. Eastern refused to let the Cats pull away. A field goal in the final 30 seconds of the game set the final score.

EKU registered three sacks while the Colonel offensive line allowed just one by the Wildcats. Eastern turned the ball over twice but did not force a turnover.

Two quarterbacks combined for 256 yards passing for Eastern Kentucky while UK totaled 229 yards through the air. The Wildcats ran the ball 39 times and out-gained EKU 207-62 on the ground.

Boyle finished 24-for-35 for 202 yards. He tossed one touchdown and one interception. Markush caught 10 passes for 98 yards, including one score. Neiko Creamer made eight catches for 82 yards. Scott finished with 40 yards on nine carries.

Kobie Grace had a game-best 15 tackles. Jeffrey Canady finished with 13 tackles, including 1.5 sacks. Ben Bascom and Aaron Patrick also recorded one sack each.

Scott completed 7-of-8 passes for 54 yards in one series that resulted in a touchdown.

Johnson went 15-for-22 for 224 yards and threw one touchdown pass for Kentucky. Blake Bone caught three passes for 93 yards. Snell totaled 103 yards on 19 carries.

The Colonels will have a week off of game action before beginning conference play at home on Sept. 23 against Tennessee Tech. Kickoff at Roy Kidd Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Ryan Markush’s 7-yard touchdown catch from Tim Boyle was his third of the season and the third time the duo have hooked up for a touchdown in the first two games of the season.

LJ Scott’s second quarter 7-yard touchdown run was his first score as a Colonel.

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