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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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EKU To Unveil Roy Kidd Statue On Sept. 23

EKU To Unveil Roy Kidd Statue On Sept. 23

Posted on 11 August 2017 by admin

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University will unveil a statue of College Football Hall of Fame coach Roy Kidd on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The statue of the man who won 314 games as the head coach of the Colonels will be located in the north end zone, overlooking the field at Roy Kidd Stadium.

Public viewing of the statue will begin at 3 p.m. on Sept. 23. The 2017 EKU football team will host Tennessee Tech at 6 p.m.

The statue was completed using private funds that have been donated specifically for the project over the last two years.

Kidd retired from his coaching duties at EKU, his alma mater, after the 2002 football season. At the time he was the sixth all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history (FBS and FCS). He coached the Colonels for 39 years, compiling a 314-124-8 (.705) overall record.

The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame inducted Kidd into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

During his tenure at Eastern from 1964-2002, he led the Colonels to 16 Ohio Valley Conference titles and made what was then a record 17 NCAA Division I playoff appearances. EKU appeared in four consecutive NCAA national championship contests, winning the 1979 and 1982 national titles.

A two-time Football Championship Subdivision National Coach of the Year and 10-time OVC Coach of the Year, Kidd has the third most victories at a single school among all divisions in NCAA history. In 39 seasons, his teams recorded 37 non-losing seasons, including a streak of 25 consecutive seasons with a winning record.

20942Kidd, who coached 41 players who signed with National Football League teams, 55 All-Americans and 202 first team All-OVC selections, is a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

A past president of the American Football Coaches Association, Kidd was a two-time Lexington Herald Sportsman of the Year.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s highest football award each season, given to the best high school football player in the state of Kentucky, is named the Roy Kidd Award. Beginning with the 2003 season, the OVC Coach of the Year award was named the Roy Kidd OVC Coach of the Year Award.
Kidd was inducted into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame on May 30, 2003.

Kidd received four varsity letters in football and baseball as a student-athlete at Eastern. While establishing a dozen records as quarterback, he was an All-Ohio Valley Conference selection and “Little All-American” choice in 1953.

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10 Colonels Recognized By College Sports Madness

10 Colonels Recognized By College Sports Madness

Posted on 07 August 2017 by admin

RICHMOND, Ky. – Ten football players were given preseason recognition by College Sports Madness, the organization announced last week.

Defensive lineman Aaron Patrick and punter Keith Wrzuszczak were chosen to the Madness 2017 Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference first team. Wide receiver Ryan Markush and offensive lineman Cameron Kowalewski earned second team honors. The third team included offensive lineman Chance Edwards, kicker Lucas Williams, linebacker Corey Glass, and defensive backs Ben Bascom and Cornelius Floyd.

Quarterback Austin Scott was chosen as the Madness Preseason Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year.

Last season, Patrick was a first team All-OVC honoree. He was also selected to the 2016 Hero Sports Sophomore All-America first team. The 6-foot-4, 227-pound Dayton, Ohio native was second in the OVC, and 42nd in the nation, with an average of 0.64 sacks per game. He led the team with seven sacks and 10 tackles for a loss. Patrick finished eighth in the OVC with an average of 0.91 tackles for a loss per game.

Wrzuszczak was a second team All-OVC selection after last season. The 5-foot-11, 202-pound Geelong, Victoria, Australia native ranked third in the conference and 17th in the nation in punt average. He averaged 42.1 yards on 59 punts while placing 28 punts inside the 20 yard line. The senior had seven punts of 50 or more yards. Wrzuszczak’s directional skill helped EKU lead the OVC in net punting (41.19 ypp) and punt return defense (2.50 ypp). The Colonels ranked third and fourth in the nation, respectively, in those two categories.

Markush made an immediate impact in his first season, starting all 11 games. The 6-foot-2, 183-pound senior from Germantown, Maryland finished second on the team with 41 receptions and second with 556 receiving yards. He averaged 13.6 yards per reception, which was 14th best in the OVC. The 6-foot-5, 272-pound Kowalewski started all 11 games at right tackle. The redshirt junior from Dallas, Georgia helped EKU average 247.6 passing yards per game, third in the OVC and 32nd in the nation.

Edwards, a 6-foot-5, 318-pound, redshirt senior from Webster, Florida, played in all 11 games and made six starts on the offensive line. In addition to helping EKU average 247.6 passing yards per game, Eastern totaled 500 or more yards of offense four times, including three of his six starts. Williams finished the season 10-for-16 on field goals and 29-for-29 on extra-point attempts. The redshirt senior from Russell Springs, Kentucky went 6-for-7 on field goals of 29 or fewer yards.

Glass played in all 11 games and started the final nine games of the season at linebacker. The 5-foot-10, 216-pound junior from Jacksonville, Florida, was third on the team with 73 tackles and had 5.0 tackles for a loss of 10 yards. He intercepted two passes and totaled 92 return yards. Glass tied for 16th in the OVC with an average of 6.6 tackles per game. Bascom, a 5-foot-9, 178-pound redshirt sophomore from Apopka, Florida, started seven times at nickel back and appeared in all 11 games. He was sixth on the team with 43 tackles and second on the team with eight pass break-ups. He registered two sacks for a loss of 14 yards. Floyd, a 5-foot-11, 176-pound senior, played in all 11 games despite joining the program a week before the season-opener. The Miami, Florida native made six starts, five at cornerback and one at nickel back. He led the team with nine pass break-ups and totaled 21 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss.

Scott, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Moore, South Carolina, redshirted last season. He was a first team Parade All-American, Max Preps first team All-American, Gatorade Player of the Year for South Carolina, High School Sports Report South Carolina Mr. Football, finalist for Parade All-American Player of the Year, finalist for Max Preps All-American Player of the Year, USA Today South Carolina Offensive Player of the Year, first team USA Today All-USA Team, Spartanburg Herald Journal Offensive Player of the Year and Max Preps Regional Player of the Year as a senior at Spartanburg High School in 2015.

The Colonels will open their 2017 season at Western Kentucky on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. ET. Eastern’s first home game is slated for Sept. 23 against Tennessee Tech. For season ticket information, contact the EKU Athletics Ticket Office at 844-3-GOBIGE.

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.

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Canady A Nominee For Allstate Good Works Team

Canady A Nominee For Allstate Good Works Team

Posted on 18 July 2017 by admin

NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Redshirt senior Jeffrey Canady is a nominee for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, one of the most esteemed off-the-field honor in college football.

Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has brought together a select group of college football players from across the country to honor their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others. While players are often recognized for their accomplishments and achievements on game day, these student-athletes have made significant contributions to the greater good of society, inspiring future generations of young athletes and the larger college football community.

Canady is one of only two Ohio Valley Conference football players nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.

The Barbourville, Kentucky native has been involved in a host of community service projects including: Move In Day, EKU Fan Day, Colonels Cupboard (collects food for less fortunate students), Special Olympics Flag Football, 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), Teen Center, reading to elementary kids and cleaning up campus.

In the classroom, Canady earned his undergraduate degree in May 2017, graduating Cum Laude with a 3.63 grade-point-average. He was also selected to the 2016 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® Football Team.

Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. A special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select the 2017 Good Works Team.®

This past season, Canady started all 11 games at linebacker. He led the team, was second in the OVC and seventh in the nation, with 123 tackles (11.2 tackles per game). He registered 5.0 tackles for a loss of 14 yards, had 1.5 sacks and two pass break-ups.

Canady had 10 or more tackles in a game seven times. He 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. He registered 15 tackles in the season-finale against Eastern Illinois (Nov. 19).

“Allstate is immensely honored to partner with the AFCA for the 10th year to help pay tribute to these players and their off-the-field ‘good works’ that often go unnoticed and unrewarded,” said Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. “The individuals nominated to the 2017 Good Works Team® are making a positive impact and uniting communities across the country through service, showing what’s possible when you put all hands in and give back.”

Two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® member Tim Tebow will headline the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. In addition to Tebow and Clarkson, the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® selection panel members includes: former Good Works Team® members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team) and Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee State, 1999 team); media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star) and Paul Myerberg (USA TODAY); current AFCA President and University of Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez; 2001 AFCA President and current athletic director at Virginia Union University Joe Taylor.

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EKU Football Recruiting Class Ranked 14th In Nation

EKU Football Recruiting Class Ranked 14th In Nation

Posted on 09 February 2017 by admin

Colonels one of 4 OVC teams ranked in the top 50 recruiting classes

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky’s 2017 recruiting class has been ranked 14th in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) by HERO Sports.

The group of new Colonels includes 20 players that received all-state honors in their respective home states. The class includes 11 defensive linemen, seven offensive linemen, five wide receivers, five running backs, four linebackers, three quarterbacks, two tight ends, one kicker and one long snapper.

Recruit  Sean Cleasant, DL from Louisville was listed as the highest ranked recruit coming in as the 17th ranked recruit nationally. Other recruits nationally ranked for the Colonels include Steven Franklin LB from Glasgow, Ky at 242, Rayquan Horton DT from Belfry, Ky. at 173,  Ethan Bradds TE from Jamestown, Ohio at 99 and Alonzo Booth RB from Columbus, Ohio at 39.

The only other Ohio Valley Conference team with a higher ranked recruiting class was Jacksonville State at No. 7. Tennessee-Martin had the 27th rated class, Tennessee State was 35th and Austin Peay came in at 44th.

Eastern’s class was rated higher than such schools as national runner-up Youngstown State (No. 38), Furman (No. 39), Charleston Southern (No. 32), North Dakota (No. 26), Southern Illinois and (No. 22), Illinois State (No. 21).

Since becoming EKU’s head coach, both of Mark Elder’s recruiting classes have been rated among the top-25 by HERO Sports. Last year’s class, despite having less than two months to put it together after being hired in mid-December, was picked as the 23rd best in the country.

Many elements factor into the rankings – with the collective of individual rankings being most important. All individual rankings are based on a mixture of data including the 247Sports.com composite, scholarship offers extended to the FCS prospects and also the opinions of HERO Sports’ FCS recruiting analyst Brian McLaughlin.

The ranking reflects high school recruits only, transfers are not considered.

Those new Colonels’ will have a chance to suit up for EKU for the first time on Sept. 2 when the team plays at in-state rival Western Kentucky University.

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2017 Football Non-Conference Schedule Announced

2017 Football Non-Conference Schedule Announced

Posted on 10 January 2017 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – A home game against a 2016 conference champion and playoff team, and two games against bowl participants make up the Eastern Kentucky football non-conference schedule for the 2017 season.

The Colonels will begin their 2017 season on Sept. 2 at long-time in-state rival Western Kentucky University. Week two of the season will feature a rematch of the 2015 overtime classic against the University of Kentucky on Sept. 9. After a bye week, EKU will play eight straight conference games before concluding the season with a game that could have significant playoff implications at home against Saint Francis University on Nov. 18.

All game times will be announced at a later date.

Eastern and Western have met 84 times on the football field. The two teams met every season from 1946 to 2000 and for six straight years from 2003 to 2008, but have not played each other since. WKU was a member of the Ohio Valley Conference from 1948 to 1981 and again from 1999 to 2000.

The Hilltoppers went 11-3 in 2016, won the Conference USA Championship game and beat Memphis in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Eastern Kentucky has fielded football teams since 1909, but has faced its neighbor to the north, Kentucky, just four times. The two teams met for the first time in 1998 and have tangled on three more occasions since.

EKU and Kentucky hooked up for an overtime classic in 2015. The Colonels took a 14-point lead in Lexington when Devin Borders caught a 15-yard touchdown pass with 7:39 left in the game, however the Wildcats battled back to force overtime and then won 34-27. Eastern Kentucky out-gained UK 180-55 on the ground.

The Wildcats finished 7-6 in 2016, including a victory over No. 11 Louisville, and earned a spot in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

EKU and Saint Francis, located in Loretto, Pennsylvania, will be meeting for the first time ever. The game, which will be played on the final weekend of the regular season, could have significant playoff implications. The Red Flash were 7-5 in 2016, earned a share of the Northeast Conference Championship and the league’s automatic bid to the playoffs with a 5-1 mark. The Colonels will be trying to make their 22nd playoff appearance in 2017, second-most all-time by any school.

SFU, which finished the season ranked 27th in the nation, will return sophomore All-America wide receiver Kamron Lewis and its top two running backs in 2017. Lewis caught 75 passes for 1,478 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season. He ranked third in the nation in receiving yards, third in receiving yards per game, ninth in yards per reception and 12th in receiving touchdowns. Junior Marcus Bagley and sophomore Jymere Jordan-Toney combined for 1,266 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. Bagley earned the bulk of the yards (891) while Jordan-Toney picked up the majority of the scoring opportunities (5). Saint Francis will be looking for a new quarterback in 2017 after the graduation of Zack Drayer, who threw for 2,594 yards and attempted all but two of the team’s passes in 2016.

The Eastern Kentucky University football program has won two national championships, 21 conference titles and has made 21 playoff appearances. No other current OVC team has won more than 10 league championships.

DATEOPPONENTTV/INTERNETTIME/RESULT
9/2/2017at Western Kentucky UniversityTBA
9/9/2017at University of KentuckyTBA
9/16/2017OPEN
9/23/2017Tennessee Tech University*OVCDNTBA
9/30/2017at Southeast Missouri State University*OVCDNTBA
10/7/2017Tennessee State University*OVCDNTBA
10/14/2017at Jacksonville State University*OVCDNTBA
10/21/2017University of Tennessee at Martin* (HC)OVCDNTBA
10/28/2017at Murray State University*OVCDNTBA
11/4/2017at Eastern Illinois University*OVCDNTBA
11/11/2017Austin Peay State University*OVCDNTBA
11/18/2017Saint Francis UniversityOVCDNTBA
Home games in bold
* OVC Games

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Swafford Receives Scholar Athlete Award

Swafford Receives Scholar Athlete Award

Posted on 09 January 2017 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University quarterback Tyler Swafford received the 2016 Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete of the Year award on Friday at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet in Frisco, Texas, the site of tomorrow’s Football Championship Subdivision national title game.

The award is given each year to a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) student-athlete who excels not only on the field and in the classroom, but in the community and beyond. It is named in honor of the wife of the legendary coach at Grambling State, Eddie Robinson. This is just the second year that the Doris Robinson Award has been given. Swafford is the first Eastern Kentucky player to receive it. An Ohio Valley Conference football player has now one each of the first two.

The Doris Robinson Award was presented along with the Walter Payton Award, the Buck Buchanan Award and the Jerry Rice Award at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet.

On Nov. 19, Swafford was chosen as EKU’s first Mitchell Scholar, and the first from a public institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program is a national, competitive scholarship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. Swafford will spend the 2017-18 academic year working on a postgraduate degree at University College Dublin in Ireland.

The senior globalization and international affairs major will study geopolitics and global economy in Dublin. Swafford plans to pursue a career as an international human rights attorney after he graduates in May 2017.

In addition to being a George J. Mitchell Scholar, Swafford has a 4.0 cumulative GPA, is an EKU Honors Scholar and will earn his degree in just three years (May 2017).

On the field this season, Swafford had 940 passing yards, five passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. He went 5-for-6 with a touchdown pass at Purdue, threw for a season-best 289 yards versus Murray State and tossed two touchdown passes while helping EKU tie the program record for points in a game (67) at Austin Peay.

Swafford was chosen as the Doris Robinson Award recipient from a list of finalists representing all 13 FCS conferences. The other finalists were: Dayton linebacker Christopher Beaschler (Pioneer Football League), New Hampshire cornerback Casey DeAndrade (CAA Football), Saint Francis place-kicker Lance Geesey (Northeast Conference), Liberty offensive lineman Lucas Holder (Big South Conference), Alcorn State linebacker Michael Hurns (Southwestern Athletic Conference), North Dakota linebacker Brian Labat (Big Sky Conference), Wofford place-kicker David Marvin (Southern Conference), Delaware State offensive lineman Ernest Mengoni (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), Northern Iowa defensive end Karter Schult (Missouri Valley Football Conference), Stephen F. Austin safety Marlon Walls (Southland Conference), Penn wide receiver Justin Watson (Ivy League) and Holy Cross wide receiver Jake Wieczorek (Patriot League).

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