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Mobley Named to Sports Network All-American Team

Posted on 23 December 2014 by admin

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Eastern Kentucky University junior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley was one of 11 OVC players named to the Sports Network All-America Team. Mobley was a third team selection.
In his first season at Eastern Kentucky after transferring from Kentucky, Mobley, a finalist for the Walter Payton award, guided the Colonels to an at-large berth in the FCS Playoffs. He 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 in all-purpose yards (138.5/game).
During the year he tied the OVC record with six total touchdowns (5 rushing, 1 receiving) against Murray State in a game he had 324 all-purpose yards (the sixth-highest total by a FCS player this season). Mobley had eight 100-yard rushing games during the 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.
Players from the OVC who made first-team selections included Jacksonville State senior center Max Holcombe, Eastern Illinois senior offensive lineman Collin Seibert and Murray State junior kick returner Pokey Harris. The second-team choices were Eastern Illinois senior wide receiver Adam Drake, UT Martin senior linebacker Tony Bell, Tennessee State senior defensive back De’Ante Saunders and Tennessee Tech junior punt returner Ladarius Vanlier. Along with Mobley, the third-team selections included Southeast Missouri sophomore kicker Ryan McCrum, Jacksonville State junior defensive lineman Devaunte Sigler and Jacksonville State junior defensive back Jermaine Hough.

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Two Track and Field Colonels Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

Posted on 25 July 2014 by admin

 

 

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NEW ORLEANS – Two Eastern Kentucky University track and field student-athletes – Ann Eason and Ole Hesselbjerg – earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors for the 2013-14 season.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and met one of the following criteria: for the indoor season, finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

The EKU women’s track and field teams was also named a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team by the organization. The EKU women – who posted a 3.23 GPA this past year – were one of 208 teams nationally to earn All-Academic Team honors. A team must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to receive the award.

Eason, an elementary education major from Lexington, was named the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Female Track Athlete of the Year and won both the 5,000 meters and 1,500 meters at the OVC Outdoor Championships. She also broke EKU’s 36-year old women’s 5,000 meters record with a 16:03.87 at the Stanford Invitational. Eason currently has a 3.97 cumulative GPA.

Hesselbjerg, a physics major from Charlottenlund, Denmark, earned first team All-America honors for the second straight season and became EKU’s first NCAA track medalist since 2008 when he finished third in the finals of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplecase at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. He posted a personal-best time of 8:38.75 during the performance. Hesselbjerg currently has a 3.30 cumulative GPA.

 

 

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Eason Named Capital One Academic All-American

Posted on 26 June 2014 by admin

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AUSTIN, Texas – Eastern Kentucky University junior Ann Eason has been voted a 2013-14 Capital One second team Academic All-American for women’s track and field / cross country by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Eason was one of the top distance runners in the country this past year. The native of Lexington, Ky. was ranked No. 13 in the NCAA East Region in the 5,000 meters this spring with a school-record time of 16:03.87. She was also named the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Female Track Athlete of the Year and won both the 5,000 meters and 1,500 meters at this year’s conference outdoor championships.

During the cross country season, Eason was named the OVC Female Runner of the Year for the second straight fall and helped lead the EKU women’s team to its seventh conference title in the last eight years.

In the classroom, the elementary education teaching major carries a 3.95 GPA and was recently inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, a national honor society recognizing student-athletes with 60 hours or more, who have a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA, have earned a varsity letter and are of high moral character.

Eason is one of only two OVC student-athletes to be named a women’s CoSIDA Academic All-American for track and field / cross country, joining third-team selection Molly Basch of Austin Peay.

To be nominated for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must carry at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career. No athlete is eligible until he/she has reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution (thus, true freshmen, redshirt freshmen and ineligible transfers are not eligible). In the cases of transfers, graduate students and junior college graduates, the athlete must have completed one full calendar year at the nominating institution to be eligible.

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Ben Fisher Named Freshman All-American by the NCBWA

Posted on 10 June 2014 by admin

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Colonel Baseball player Ben Fisher was one of two Ohio Valley Conference baseball players have been named to the 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Freshman All-American team.  Austin Peay’s  utility player Alex Robles was the other.

Both Fisher and Robles were first-team selections; the two first-team selections for the OVC was second among all Conferences.

The 2014 NCBWA Freshman All-America team features players from 17 leagues and six conference championship teams. The two All-American squads also are made up of 12 conference “Rookie of the Year” winners. In addition, 22 all-conference honorees were named to the team.

Fisher started all of the team’s 55 games. He made only eight errors in his first season of college baseball and posted a 98.5 fielding percentage. Offensively he hit .286 with three home runs, 36 RBIs and 26 runs scored. As a freshman he was second on the team with 30 walks. He had a 16-game hitting streak from Feb. 28 to March 22. He was selected to the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference All-Freshman team at the end of the season.

Robles was the OVC’s Rookie of the Year, a second-team All-OVC pick as a pitcher, a member of the league’s All-Freshman team and was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team last week by Collegiate Baseball. He appeared in 55 games, including 35 infield starts and 14 starts as a pitcher. Robles led the Govs with a .349 batting average and his 39 RBI were second-most on the team. On the mound, Robles was equally dominant with a 6-2 record and 3.63 earned-run average while striking out 56 batters in 84.1 innings. In OVC play, Robles batted .328 with 10 doubles and 24 RBI. However, as the Govs No. 1 weekend pitcher each week of league play, he went 5-1 with a 3.29 ERA and struck out 48 in 63 innings.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association’s official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.

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Walden A Finalist For National Defensive Player Of The Year

Posted on 02 April 2014 by admin

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BOSTON – Eastern Kentucky University junior guard Corey Walden was named to the 2013-14 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team by CollegeInsider.com and is one of 25 finalists for the 2014 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Walden helped the Colonels (24-10) capture the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship and earn the program’s eighth NCAA Tournament bid.

The Daytona Beach, Fla., native was also chosen as the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and as the Most Valuable Player of the OVC Tournament in March.

Walden was a key factor in Eastern Kentucky leading the OVC in scoring defense (70.0 ppg) during the regular season and scoring margin (+7.8 points/game). The junior, who was often given the task of defending the other team’s best guard, finished first in the conference with 2.2 steals per game. He ranked 16th in the nation with 76 steals.

Overall, Walden had at least one steal in 30 of EKU’s 34 games and had 34 total steals over the team’s last 12 contests, including 14 combined in three OVC Tournament games and one NCAA Tournament game. As a team Eastern Kentucky ranks sixth nationally with 299 steals, 76 of which belong to Walden.

In three OVC Tournament games, Walden averaged 23.3 points, 3.7 steals, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He made 66 percent of his shots from the field and 91 percent at the stripe. He scored a career-best 29 points in the championship game against Belmont.

For the season, Walden averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

The winner of the 2014 Driesell award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

The Lefty Driesell award is named in honor of coaching legend Lefty Driesell, who is the only person to ever win 100 games at four different Division I schools. He is best known for his time at Maryland, leading the program to the National Invitational Tournament title in 1972 and its second-ever ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. He finished his career at Maryland with a 348-159 record and concluded his career with an impressive 786-394 mark.

The 2013-14 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team and finalist for the Driesell Award include: Cameron Ayers (Bucknell), Khem Birch (UNLV), Alec Brown (Green Bay), Rhamel Brown (Manhattan), Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky), Tekele Cotton (Wichita State), Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Scott Eatherton (Northeastern), Joel Embiid (Kansas), Justin Jackson (Cincinnati), Jordair Jett (Saint Louis), Nick Johnson (Arizona), Du’Vaughn Maxwell (Hampton), K.J. McDaniels (Clemson), Daniel Miller (Georgia Tech), Chris Obekpa (St. John’s), Elfrid Payton (Louisiana at Lafayette), Trevor Releford (Alabama), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Kenneth Smith (Louisiana Tech), Corey Walden (Eastern Kentucky), Scottie Wilbekin (Florida), Kendall Williams (New Mexico), Briante Weber (VCU) and Patric Young (Florida).

Walden has helped EKU to its winningest two-year stretch in program history. In his first year as a Colonel the team won a school-record 25 games. With 24 more wins this season, the team broke the previous mark of 42 wins combined in 1945-46 and 1946-47.

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Glenn Cosey Earns All-America Honors

Posted on 28 March 2014 by admin

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BOSTON – Eastern Kentucky University senior Glenn Cosey was named to the 2013-14 Lou Henson All-America team by CollegeInsider.com. Cosey is also a finalist for the 2014 Lou Henson Award.

The Lou Henson All-America team recognizes the top Mid-Major men’s basketball players. The Lou Henson Award will be given to one of the 30 All-Americans to signify the top player at the Mid-Major level. The winner will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the 2014 Final Four.

Cosey helped the Colonels (24-10) capture the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship and earn the program’s eighth NCAA Tournament bid.

The Flint, Mich., native was also chosen first team All-OVC and first team NABC All-District earlier this month.

Cosey averaged 18.7 points, 4.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in 2013-14. He leads the conference in three-pointers made (3.4 per game), is second in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.3), third in free throw shooting (84.1 percent), fourth in scoring, sixth in three-point shooting (42.6 percent) and eighth in assists (4.2 apg).

Cosey hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, three assists and two rebounds in Eastern’s near upset of No. 2 seed Kansas in the NCAA Tournament.

On Jan. 2, Cosey broke the Eastern Kentucky record and tied the OVC mark with 10 three-pointers at Eastern Illinois. He went 11-of-14 from the field, including 10-of-12 from behind the arc, to finish with a career-best 34 points. Cosey dished out a career-high nine assists twice this season.

On Feb. 1, Cosey banked in a 35-footer with 0.4 seconds left to give EKU a 79-78 victory over Southeast Missouri. The shot completed a comeback from 10 points down with 3:57 left and earned the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter’s Top-10 Plays.

In his last regular season game, Cosey scored his 1,000th point in two seasons as a Colonel, becoming the school’s 32nd member of the 1,000-point club.

Against Murray State in the OVC Tournament semifinals on March 7, Cosey broke the single season EKU record for three-pointers (104). He finished with 115 treys this year.

The Flint, Mich., native scored in double figures 33 of the team’s 34 games and eclipsed the 20-point mark 14 times.

In three OVC Tournament games, Cosey averaged 18.3 points, 3.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals. He shot 49 percent from the field and 46 percent from three-point range. His three-pointer with 5:29 left in the championship game against Belmont broke a 54-54 tie, gave the Colonels the lead for good and began an 8-0 run.

Cosey has helped EKU to its winningest two-year stretch in program history. Last season the Colonels won a school-record 25 games. With 24 more wins this season, the team broke the previous mark of 42 wins combined in 1945-46 and 1946-47.

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Glenn Cosey Named First Team All-District By Coaches

Posted on 12 March 2014 by admin

 

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Eastern Kentucky University senior Glenn Cosey was selected first team All-District 19 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

The Flint, Mich., native helped the Colonels (24-9) capture the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship on Saturday.  EKU secured the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Cosey was a second team all-district honoree last year.  District 19 includes teams from the Ohio Valley Conference.  He earned first team All-OVC recognition and was chosen to the OVC All-Tournament team this season.

Cosey averaged 18.8 points, 4.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in 2013-14.  He leads the conference in three-pointers made (3.3 per game), is third in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.2), third in free throw shooting (84.1 percent), fourth in scoring, fourth in three-point shooting (42.5 percent), eighth in assists (4.2 apg) and 15th in steals.

On Jan. 2, Cosey broke the Eastern Kentucky record and tied the OVC mark with 10 three-pointers at Eastern Illinois.  He went 11-of-14 from the field, including 10-of-12 from behind the arc, to finish with a career-best 34 points.  Cosey dished out a career-high nine assists twice this season.

On Feb. 1, Cosey banked in a 35-footer with 0.4 seconds left to give EKU a 79-78 victory over Southeast Missouri.  The shot completed a comeback from 10 points down with 3:57 left and earned the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter’s Top-10 Plays.

In his last regular season game, Cosey scored his 1,000th point in two seasons as a Colonel, becoming the school’s 32nd member of the 1,000-point club.

Against Murray State in the OVC Tournament semifinals on March 7, Cosey broke the single season EKU record for three-pointers (104).  He has now hit 110 treys this year.

The Flint, Mich., native scored in double figures 32 of the team’s 33 games and eclipsed the 20-point mark 14 times.

In three OVC Tournament games, Cosey averaged 18.3 points, 3.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals.  He shot 49 percent from the field and 46 percent from three-point range.  His three-pointer with 5:29 left in the championship game against Belmont broke a 54-54 tie, gave the Colonels the lead for good and began an 8-0 run.

Cosey has helped EKU to its winningest two-year stretch in program history.  Last season the Colonels won a school-record 25 games.  With 24 more wins this season, the team broke the previous mark of 42 wins combined in 1945-46 and 1946-47.

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