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Six Colonels Earn Postseason OVC Honors

Six Colonels Earn Postseason OVC Honors

Posted on 21 November 2017 by admin

Postseason OVC Honors

Two make first team while four make second team Postseason OVC Honors

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Six Colonels earned postseason Ohio Valley Conference honors on Tuesday. Tight end Dan Paul and punter Keith Wrzuszczak were chosen first team all-conference.

Wide receiver Ryan Markush, defensive end Luder Jean Louis, defensive back Kobie Grace and return specialist LJ Scott earned second-team honors. Scott was also named to the OVC All-Newcomer Team as a running back and return specialist.

Paul concluded the season with 41 receptions for 407 yards and caught one touchdown pass. The redshirt junior from Naples, Florida had more catches and yards than any other tight end in the conference. He set season-highs for receptions (8) and yards (76) against Tennessee State. Paul caught a 22-yard touchdown pass against Murray State.

Wrzuszczak set a pair of program records this season while finishing first in the conference and sixth in the nation with an average of 44.1 yards per punt. The senior from Geelong, Victoria, Australia broke the 51-year-old EKU record of 78 yards with an 84-yard punt against Tennessee-Martin.

It’s the second-longest punt in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) this season. He also broke his own program season average record (43.7 yards/punt), which he set in 2015.

In 2017 Wrzuszczak punted 58 times and only five of them were touchbacks. He placed 19 punts inside the 20-yard line and had 11 punts of 50 or more yards. He helped Eastern lead the conference and finish second in the nation in net punting (41.14 yards/punt).

2nd team OVC Honors

Markush led the team in receptions (55), yards (745) and touchdowns (9). The senior from Germantown, Maryland ranked second in the OVC in receiving touchdowns, third with an average of 67.7 receiving yards per game and fourth with an average of 5.0 catches per game.

He began the season with seven receptions for 107 yards and caught two touchdown passes at Western Kentucky. Markush had a career-high 122 yards on four catches at Southeast Missouri.

Jean Louis capped his career by recording 52 tackles and 10 sacks in 2017. He totaled 16 tackles for a loss, had 12 quarterback hurries, forced one fumble and recovered one fumble. The Brooklyn, New York native tied for the conference lead in sacks and ranked 11th in the nation with an average of 0.91 per game.

Jean Louis finished second in the conference and 15th in FCS football with an average of 1.5 tackles for a loss per game. His 10 sacks were the sixth most ever by a Colonel in one season.

Grace was second on the team, and ninth in the OVC, with 78 tackles. He posted seven tackles for a loss, had one interception and broke up seven passes. The senior from Winter Park, Florida was second in the league with three forced fumbles. He recovered four fumbles, which tied for the most in the nation.

Scott returned 21 kickoffs this season for an average of 30 yards per return. His average was the best in the OVC and fourth-best in the nation. The redshirt junior from Marion, Ohio also finished second on the team with 294 rushing yards and led the Colonels with six rushing touchdowns.

2017 OVC Football Award Winners

OVC Offensive Player of the Year: Roc Thomas (RB), Jacksonville State
OVC Defensive Player of the Year: Darius Jackson (DE), Jacksonville State
OVC Freshman of the Year: Jeremiah Oatsvall (QB), Austin Peay
Roy Kidd OVC Coach of the Year: Will Healy, Austin Peay

FIRST-TEAM

OFFENSE
QB – Bryant Horn, Jacksonville State
RB – Roc Thomas, Jacksonville State
RB – Marquis Terry, Southeast Missouri
WR – Dontez Byrd, Tennessee Tech
WR – Jordon Gandy, Murray State
TE – Dan Paul, Eastern Kentucky
C – Tyler Scozzaro, Jacksonville State
OG – B.J. Autry, Jacksonville State
OG – Austin Askin, Eastern Illinois
OT – Justin Lea, Jacksonville State
OT – Dylan Cline, Jacksonville State

DEFENSE
DL – Darius Jackson, Jacksonville State
DL – Jaison Williams, Austin Peay
DL – Kendall Donnerson, Southeast Missouri
DL – Ebenezer Ogundeko, Tennessee State
LB – Chris Collins, Tennessee State
LB – Jonathan Hagler, Jacksonville State
LB – Gunnar Scholato, Austin Peay
DB – Marlon Bridges, Jacksonville State
DB – D’Montre Wade, Murray State
DB – Siran Neal, Jacksonville State
DB – Kahlid Hagens, UT Martin

SPECIALISTS
K – Lane Clark, Tennessee State
P – Keith Wrzuszczak, Eastern Kentucky
RS – Kyran Moore, Austin Peay

SECOND-TEAM

OFFENSE
QB – Jeremiah Oatsvall, Austin Peay
RB – Ladarius Galloway, UT Martin
RB – Isaiah Johnson, Eastern Illinois
WR – Ryan Markush, Eastern Kentucky
WR – Patrick Smith, Tennessee State
TE – Trae Barry, Jacksonville State
C – Louis Vailopa, Eastern Illinois
OG – Ryan Rockensuess, Austin Peay
OG – Darius Anderson, Jacksonville State
OT – Kyle Anderton, Austin Peay
OT – Drew Forbes, Southeast Missouri

DEFENSE
DL – Luder Jean Louis, Eastern Kentucky
DL – David Johnson, Eastern Illinois
DL – Randy Robinson, Jacksonville State
DL – Jason Morrow, Tennessee State
DL – Jay Murphy, UT Martin
LB – Joel McCandless, Jacksonville State
LB – Zach Hall, Southeast Missouri
LB – James Gilleylen, UT Martin
LB – Nick Horne, Eastern Illinois
DB – Tae Martin, UT Martin
DB – Kobie Grace, Eastern Kentucky
DB – Vincent Sellers, Tennessee State
DB – Bradley Dewberry, Eastern Illinois

SPECIALISTS
K – Cade Stinnett, Jacksonville State
P – Gabriel Vicente, Murray State
P – Nick Madonia, Tennessee Tech
RS – LJ Scott, Eastern Kentucky
RS – Peyton Logan, UT Martin

ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM

OT – Kyle Anderton, Austin Peay
QB – Jeremiah Oatsvall, Austin Peay
RB – Ahmaad Tanner, Austin Peay.
WR – Alexander Hollins, Eastern Illinois
RS/RS – LJ Scott, Eastern Kentucky
RB – Tramel Terry, Jacksonville State.
QB – Shuler Bentley, Murray State
K – Gabriel Vicente, Murray State
RB – Marquis Terry, Southeast Missouri
DB – Vincent Sellers, Tennessee State
RB – Ladarius Galloway, UT Martin
RS/RS – Peyton Logan, UT Martin

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Fourth Quarter Blocked Punt Sets Up Game-Winning Touchdown As Colonels End Season With Win Over Saint Francis

Fourth Quarter Blocked Punt Sets Up Game-Winning Touchdown As Colonels End Season With Win Over Saint Francis

Posted on 18 November 2017 by admin

LJ Scott

LJ Scott put Colonels up for good with touchdown in the fourth quarter

RICHMOND, Ky. – Freshman Steven Crowder blocked a punt and Eastern Kentucky turned the short field into the go-ahead touchdown with 9:12 left in the game to pick up a 14-10 victory over Saint Francis in the season finale on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium.

After the Red Flash had taken the lead late in the third quarter, EKU forced a three-and-out on SFU’s next possession. The visitors were forced to punt from their own 41-yard line. Crowder got his hand on the attempt and the Colonels took over at the Saint Francis 34 yard line.

Eastern gave the ball to LJ Scott of five straight plays and he delivered the go-ahead touchdown. He started it with a 17-yard gain and capped it with a 7-yard run to the end zone. The ensuing extra-point by Lucas Williams put EKU on top 14-10 with 9:12 left to play.

EKU missed on a long field goal with 2:21 on the clock. However, the defense answered the call, stopping Saint Francis on four downs when TJ Comstock intercepted a pass to secure the win.

Eastern Kentucky (4-7) held SFU to 88 rushing yards and 255 total yards of offense. On Senior Day, senior linebacker Jeffrey Canady contributed 15 tackles, including a sack and broke up a pass.

Scott totaled 41 yards on eight carries and scored one touchdown. Daryl McCleskey Jr. had 39 yards rushing and Ethan Thomas ran for 32 yards. Dan Paul caught three passes for 43 yards.

Bear Fenimore went 11-for-25 for 164 yards for the Red Flash. Byron Johnson ran the ball 20 times for 80 yards.

Saint Francis (5-6) got on the board first with a wind-aided 44-yard field goal with 13:24 remaining in the second quarter.

Austin Scott engineered a scoring drive midway through the second quarter to put EKU on top. He got it started with a 9-yard completion to Paul before Thomas broke off a 23-yard run to get into Red Flash territory.

Scott moved the chains with a third down, 7-yard completion to Neiko Creamer to the Saint Francis 30 yard line. Two plays later, McCleskey hauled in a short pass and turned it into a 26 yard gain to the one-yard line. Scott finished it off with a quarterback sneak for the touchdown. The extra-point made it 7-3.

SFU missed on a 28-yard field goal to end the first half.

The Red Flash took the lead late in the third quarter when Fenimore capped off a 13-play, 56-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. The extra-point put the visitors in front 10-7 with seven seconds left in the third.

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Jeffrey Canady named to CoSIDA All-District team

Jeffrey Canady named to CoSIDA All-District team

Posted on 16 November 2017 by admin

Jeffrey Canady

Jeffrey Canady one of six OVC players named to the team

Six Ohio Valley Conference football student-athletes have been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District ® football teams, including Eastern Kentucky University linebacker Jeffery Canaday.

The selections included three student-athletes from District II and four from District III. The selections were Canady, Murray State’s Zach Shipley, Tennessee Tech’s Dontez Byrd and Elliott Normand, Austin Peay’s Ryan Rockensuess and Tennessee State’s Lane Clark.

Each of the six were first-team selections and for making the first-team each will have his name appear on the national ballot for consideration for Academic All-American. The 2017 Academic All-America football team will be announced on Thursday, December 14.

To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average. District II selections include schools from the states of Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

District III selections include schools from the states of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia while District IV selections come from schools located in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Canady carries a 3.63 grade points average in safety, security and emergency management. He leads the EKU team with 74 tackles this season while also adding 5.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries.

Shipley has a 3.97 grade point average in health and physical education. In 10 games this season Shipley has registered 36 tackles, an intercepiton, two pass breakups and recovered a fumble.

Byrd set Tech’s single-season receiving yardage record for the second-straight season and has 976 yards and six touchdowns on 72 catches. Byrd can also set Tech’s single-season receptions record for the second straight year with three catches in Saturday’s season finale against UT Martin. He has a 3.50 grade point average in exercise science (fitness & wellness).

An accounting major, Rockensuess shines in the classroom as well, carrying a 3.57 grade-point average. He’s earned Dean’s List honors the past two springs and is a four-time member of the Athletic Directors Honor Roll. He has become an anchor along the Austin Peay interior line, starting 11 games for the league leader in total offense (385.7 ypg) and rushing offense (252.7 ypg).

He’s paved the way for sophomore Kentel Williams (656 rushing yards, fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference) and freshman Ahmaad Tanner (602, eighth) to earn top-10 spots in the OVC rushing rankings.

Clark has a 3.83 GPA in biology (pre-med) and has been a three-time Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection. The kicker was named to several All-American teams as a junior and has entrenched himself in the Tennessee State record books, including holding eight of the 11 longest field goals in program history.

Normand has 81 total tackles, 30 solo and 51 assisted, with one sack for seven yards and eight tackles-for-loss. He also has a forced fumble and an interception. He has 169 career tackles. He carries a 3.75 grade point average in mechanical engineering.

2017 OVC CoSIDA Academic All-District Selections for Football

Jeffrey Canady, Eastern Kentucky
Zach Shipley, Murray Stat
Dontez Byrd, Tennessee Tech
Ryan Rockensuess, Austin Peay
Lane Clark, Tennessee State
Elliott Normand, Tennessee Tech

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Colonels Can't Hold Off Second Half Comeback By Austin Peay

Colonels Can’t Hold Off Second Half Comeback By Austin Peay

Posted on 11 November 2017 by admin

eastern kentucky

Colonels fall to 3-7

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky built a 24-7 third quarter lead, but couldn’t hold off a comeback by Austin Peay in a 31-24 Ohio Valley Conference loss on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium.

APSU quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall finished off an 8-play, 62-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run with 53 seconds left in the game to break a 24-24 tie.

EKU drove to the Governor 35 yard line, but a first down pass to the end zone was intercepted with 25 seconds remaining.

The Colonels scored on each of their first three possessions of the game to build a 14-0 lead. Eastern started the game by driving 54 yards on 10 plays to grab a 3-0 advantage after a 21-yard Lucas Williams field goal. The drive was set up by a 34-yard kickoff return by LJ Scott.

Austin Peay (7-4, 6-1 OVC) moved the ball to the EKU 30 yard line on its first possession, but Jordan Whitfield forced a fumble and Ben Bascom returned it 37 yards to set up another scoring drive. The offense moved 35 yards on seven plays for a touchdown. Tim Boyle completed all five pass attempts on the drive and finished it off with a 9-yard scoring pass to Ryan Markush. Freshman Alonzo Booth added a two-point conversion.

Eastern’s third possession began with 18 seconds left in the first quarter and ended with 8:45 left in the second. Williams connected from 33 yards out to cap a 16-play, 73-yard drive that chewed up 6:38. The field goal pushed the lead to 14-0.

After APSU got on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run by Ahmaad Tanner, the Governors forced EKU to punt on its ensuing possession and began to swing momentum their way. However, the Colonel defense came up big itself. The second sack of the game by Luder Jean Louis forced Austin Peay to punt and Eastern took over with 1:09 left in the first half.

Boyle got the drive off to a good start by completing passes of 13, 18 and 14 yards. Scott turned what could have ended in another field goal attempt into a shot at a touchdown with a 26-yard run to the eight-yard line. Three plays later Boyle found Markush over the middle from seven yards out. The extra-point made it 21-7 at halftime. The drive covered 73 yards on nine plays in just 1:06, and left only three seconds on the clock in the second quarter.

The Governors began to mount a comeback in the third. Kyran Moore caught a 59-yard touchdown pass from Oatsvall with 9:53 left in the third to cut the deficit to 10, 24-14. Oatsvall found DJ Montgomery in the end zone from 17 yards away with 12:43 remaining in the fourth quarter. The extra-point made it a three-point game.

The visitors tied the score on a 42-yard field goal by Cole Phillips with 5:22 left.

The Governors finished with 443 yards of offense, with 240 coming on the ground. Eastern had 317 yards of offense, 222 of which came from the passing game.

Boyle finished 22-of-36 for 213 yards. He threw two touchdown passes and one interception. Markush caught nine balls for 69 yards, including his two scoring grabs. Jeffrey Canady finished with 10 tackles.

Oatsvall was 11-for-15 for 203 yards and ran the ball 18 times for 64 yards. He threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran one in. Tanner had 90 yards rushing on 14 carries to go along with his touchdown run.

The Colonels (3-7, 3-5 OVC) will conclude their 2017 season at home next Saturday with a non-conference game against Saint Francis University. Kickoff at Roy Kidd Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m.

NOTES

Ryan Markush caught his eighth and ninth touchdown passes of the season and 11th and 12th of his career in the first half.
Luder Jean Louis had two first-half sacks, giving him nine for the season. He added a third in the third quarter for his 10th of the season. Austin Peay entered the game having only allowed seven sacks in the first 10 games of the season. The Governors were 10th in the nation with 0.70 sacks allowed per game.

APSU’s offense entered the game as one of the best rushing teams in the nation. The Governors were first in the OVC and seventh in FCS with 254 yards per game on the ground. Austin Peay finished with 240 rushing yards on Saturday.

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Boyle and Mccleskey pick up OVC honors

Boyle and Mccleskey pick up OVC honors

Posted on 31 October 2017 by admin

Boyle and Mccleskey

Two football players earned weekly awards after the Colonels earned their second straight victory, a 26-13 win at Murray State on Saturday.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Two football players earned weekly awards after the Colonels earned their second straight victory, a 26-13 win at Murray State Saturday.

Senior quarterback Tim Boyle was chosen as the adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Co-Newcomer of the Week the league office announced on Sunday. Sophomore running back Daryl McCleskey Jr. was selected as the Madness Ohio Valley Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness for the second straight week.

Boyle completed 60 percent of his passes and threw two touchdown passes. The 6-foot-4, 233-pound Middlefield, Connecticut native finished 15-for-25 for 201 yards. He gave EKU a 6-0 lead with a 22-yard scoring toss on third down in the first quarter.

McCleskey rushed for a career-high 144 yards on 21 carries. The 5-foot-9, 186-pound Dayton, Ohio native averaged 6.9 yards per carry. His 72-yard run in the first quarter was the longest rush by an EKU player since 2015.

He is the first Colonel to rush for 100 yards in back-to-back games since 2014.

Eastern Kentucky plays at Eastern Illinois on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

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Three Colonels Earn Weekly Awards After Homecoming Victory Over UT Martin

Three Colonels Earn Weekly Awards After Homecoming Victory Over UT Martin

Posted on 23 October 2017 by admin

Three football players earned weekly awards after the Colonels 31-21 Homecoming victory over Tennessee-Martin this weekend.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Three football players earned weekly awards after the Colonels 31-21 Homecoming victory over Tennessee-Martin this weekend.

Junior linebacker Corey Glass was chosen as the adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week and senior punter Keith Wrzuszczak earned adidas® OVC Co-Specialist of the Week recognition, the league office announced on Sunday. Sophomore running back Daryl McCleskey Jr. was selected as the Madness Ohio Valley Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

Corey Glass

Glass helped the EKU defense hold the eighth-leading rusher in the nation – UTM’s Ladarius Galloway (104.8 ypg) – to 41 yards. Glass finished with five tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. The Jacksonville, Florida native and his teammates held a Skyhawk offense that averages 161 rushing yards per game to 38 yards on the ground.

Keith Wrzuszczak

Wrzuszczak broke EKU’s 51-year-old punting record with an 84-yard punt against UT Martin, the second-longest in the FCS this season. It is also tied for the second-longest in the OVC since 2004. He finished the game with a remarkable average of 49.9 yards on nine punts. He put two punts inside the 20, including one at the UTM two-yard line.

Seven of his nine puts forced the Skyhawks to start at their own 25 or less. The Geelong, Victoria, Australia native had five punts of 45 yards or more. The previous Eastern Kentucky record of 78 yards was set by Bob Plotts in 1966.

Daryl McCleskey Jr.

McCleskey finished with 137 yards rushing and one touchdown against a Skyhawk team that entered the game leading the OVC in rushing defense (79 ypg). His 8-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter stretched the EKU lead to 17 and effectively put the game away. The Dayton, Ohio native averaged 6.2 yards per carry.

Eastern rushed for a season-high 246 yards and four touchdowns in its win over UT Martin. Trailing 7-3 at halftime, the Colonels exploded in the second half, running for 142 yards and all of their touchdowns in the final 30 minutes of play. Three different EKU running backs found pay dirt in the dominant second half.

Eastern Kentucky plays its next two games on the road, beginning at Murray State on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.

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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 www.NCFAA.org 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 FootballMatters.org, 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 www.footballfoundation.org.

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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.

NOTES
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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