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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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Watkins semifinalist for William V. Campbell Trophy

Posted on 26 September 2014 by admin

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Colonels running back Caleb Watkins is among the 167 semifinalists for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments® and announced by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF).

Watkins was one of three OVC selections. The others were Austin Peay punter Ben Campbell and Jacksonville State offensive lineman Max Holcombe. The trio are three of just 37 student-athletes selected from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation, and up to 16 of the candidates will be named recipients of a prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award, also presented by Fidelity Investments. Launched in 1959, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete program awards $18,000 scholarships that can be used for the honorees’ postgraduate educations. This year’s recipients will be announced Oct. 30, and one will be declared the winner of the Campbell Trophy Dec. 9 at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner.

Named in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient’s grant by $7,000 for a total post-graduate scholarship of $25,000. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, pushing the program’s all-time distributions to more than $10.7 million.

“These 167 impressive candidates truly represent the scholar-athlete ideal,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning whose sons Peyton (Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. “It is important for us to showcase their success on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. This year’s semifinalists further illustrate the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders.”

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.

“The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees as well as their schools and coaches on this tremendous honor,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist’s achievements, which show that football players can balance between academics and athletics at the highest level. The NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the finalists from this outstanding group of candidates.”

The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, Oct. 30. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and hosted at the NYAC, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. Each member of the 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored Dec. 9 during the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the Campbell Trophy.

Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to award post-graduate scholarships based on both a player’s academic and athletic accomplishments, and it has recognized 787 outstanding individuals since its inception. The Campbell Trophy, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program’s prestige, having previously honored two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, two Heisman Trophy winners and five first-round NFL draft picks. Earlier this month, Fidelity Investments became the first presenting sponsor of the Campbell Trophy.

In 2011, the NFF and Fidelity launched a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. As part of the initiative, Fidelity became the first presenting sponsor ever in the 55-year history of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program. Fidelity also helped launch the NFF Faculty Salutes initiative, which recognizes the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives at each of the institutions with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete. As part of the initiative, the NFF will present each of the faculty representatives with a plaque and a $5,000 check from Fidelity Investments to support the academic support services for student-athletes at each school.

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Mobley Named OVC Co-Newcomer of the Week

Posted on 22 September 2014 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Running back Dy’Shawn Mobley was named the adidas OVC Co-Newcomer of the Week following his performance in the Eastern Kentucky University football team’s 49-24 win at UT Martin Saturday afternoon.

Mobley earned OVC Newcomer of the Week honors for the second-straight week after rushing for 183 yards and three touchdowns against the Skyhawks. The junior amassed that total on just 11 carries, averaging 16.6 yards per carry. Mobley scored on touchdown runs of 68, 14 and a career-best 75 yards. The 75-yard scoring burst came late in the third quarter and iced the game for the Colonels.

The native of Powell, Tennessee, ranks fourth nationally in rushing yards per carry (8.64), 11th in total rushing yards (475) and 23rd in rushing touchdowns (four).

The other OVC weekly award winners were Southeast Missouri quarterback Kyle Snyder and wide receiver Paul McRoberts (Co-Offensive), Tennessee State defensive back Ronnie Vinson (Defensive), Eastern Illinois defensive back Antoine Johnson (Specialist) and Eastern Illinois quarterback Jalen Whitlow (Co-Newcomer).

Eastern Kentucky, off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1992, has a week off before returning to the field at Austin Peay on Saturday, Oct. 4.

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Colonels Run Past Morehead State, 55-13

Posted on 13 September 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – On the first play from scrimmage, junior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley took the hand-off and ran 61 yards for a touchdown. The Eastern Kentucky University football team never looked back, cruising past Morehead State Saturday night at Roy Kidd Stadium, 55-13.

With the win, the 25th ranked Colonels are 3-0 for the first time in 22 years. EKU began the 1992 season with four straight victories.

Eastern ran for 204 yards on just 10 carries in the first quarter. Mobley had 127 of those yards, averaging 25 each time he touched the ball. EKU outgained the Eagles 225-60 in the first quarter and led 25-0 after the first 15 minutes of play.

An all-around effort from EKU helped make sure Morehead State (1-2) never made it a game. The Colonels kept a shutout until the 2:23 mark of the third quarter.

Eastern Kentucky’s offense scored touchdowns on six of its first eight possessions. One of the possessions that did not end in a touchdown was capped by an Andrew Lloyd 32-yard field goal.

Mobley’s second outburst of the night came at the 8:29 mark of the first quarter. He caught a lateral throw on the left side from quarterback Bennie Coney, cut back all the way across the field and was eventually tackled by Morehead State’s Dominic Iori at the three-yard line. The 54-yard run set up quarterback Jared McClain’s touchdown to finish the Colonels’ third possession. The ensuing extra point put the home squad up, 18-0.

Mobley contributed all 123 of his yards in the first quarter and had just one carry the rest of the game.

The Colonels’ fullback also got into the action. Redshirt senior Channing Fugate ran for 56 yards on two carries, but most of those came from just one. Late in the first quarter, Fugate took a hand-off from Coney and ran 49 yards for a touchdown, diving into the left corner of the end zone in front of the student section.

Coney finished 7-of-10 for 117 yards and two touchdowns. McClain contributed a rushing and a passing touchdown to the final total. The EKU running backs stole the show, though, totaling 353 rushing yards. The Eagles managed just 60 yards running the ball.

Jared Sanders finished with 61 yards on eight carries and scored EKU’s final touchdown.

Nine EKU players had at least one carry and eight caught at least one pass.

Morehead State quarterback Austin Gahafer completed 29 of his 49 passes for 272 yards against a tough EKU defense. Gahafer broke the shutout with a one-yard touchdown run with 2:23 left in the third quarter and then added a 22-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter.

Twenty-seven EKU defenders recorded at least one tackle during the game.

The Colonels take to the road next Saturday to open Ohio Valley Conference play at UT Martin. Kickoff on ESPN3 is scheduled for 1 p.m. EKU will play at home again Oct. 11 at against Eastern Illinois.

NOTES
–Eastern is 3-0 for the first time since 1992.

–EKU’s 46 first half points were the most points in a half since scoring 42 in the first half against Eastern Illinois on Oct. 9, 2004 in Richmond.

–Eastern Kentucky entered the game ranked fourth nationally (FCS) in rushing defense (44.0 yards per game), seventh in scoring defense (10.0 points per game) and 11th in sacks (3.5 per game). The Colonels held the Eagles to 60 rushing yards, 13 points and had one sack.

–Dy’Shawn Mobley’s 61-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game was his longest run as a Colonel. The junior newcomer played at Kentucky his first two seasons.

–The announced attendance of 16,700 was the largest crowd for a home game since 2008 when 18,500 watched the Colonels host Western Kentucky on August 28.

–This is the 46th consecutive season the Colonels have played their home games at Roy Kidd Stadium. EKU is 209-48-1 all-time at the facility. Eastern is 11-3 in home openers since 2000 and has won five straight.

–This was the 72nd meeting between Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State, but just the fourth since 1995. EKU holds a 52-16-4 advantage in the series and is now 27-9-1 at home against the Eagles.

–Joel Brown, Jeff Glover and Dy’Shawn Mobley each scored their first touchdowns wearing an EKU jersey.

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Lloyd was named the adidas OVC Specialist of the Week

Posted on 01 September 2014 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Placekicker Andrew Lloyd was named the adidas OVC Specialist of the Week following his performance in the Eastern Kentucky University football team’s 29-10 win at Robert Morris Thursday night.

Lloyd, a native of Winchester, Va., converted on field goal attempts of 34, 25 and 25 yards in the season-opening victory. His first field goal came in the second quarter and then he added two more in the third quarter to push the Colonel advantage to 23-3 entering the fourth quarter. All seven of Lloyd’s kickoffs were downed for touchbacks.

Dating back to last year, Lloyd has made nine straight field goals. The senior converted 8-of-10 field goal attempts in his first season on the squad in 2013.

The other OVC weekly award winners were Eastern Illinois wide receiver Adam Drake (Offensive), Tennessee State defensive lineman Anthony Bass (Defensive) and Tennessee State running back Tom Smith (Newcomer).

Eastern Kentucky is back in action this Saturday, Sept. 6 at Miami (Ohio). That game will be televised by ESPN3 beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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Colonel Football Picked Fourth in Preseason OVC Poll

Posted on 21 July 2014 by admin

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Eastern Kentucky University football team was picked to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference this fall in a preseason poll conducted by the OVC coaches and sports information directors. The announcement was made Monday at the OVC football media day event.

The Colonels, who have won a record 21 OVC titles, tallied 82 points in the poll. Since Dean Hood took over as EKU’s head coach in 2008, the Colonels have won two OVC championships (2008, 2011) and 33 league games.

Jacksonville State picked up 10 of the 18 first-place votes and was tabbed as the OVC preseason favorite. The Gamecocks, who were also the preseason favorites in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011, totaled 118 points to out-distance two-time defending champion Eastern Illinois in the vote. The Panthers piled up four first-place votes and 110 total points in being picked second.

Eastern Kentucky hosts both league favorites this season – Jacksonville State on Nov. 8 and Eastern Illinois on Oct. 11.

Senior placekicker Andrew Lloyd was the lone EKU representative on the preseason All-OVC team. Lloyd, a senior from Winchester, Virginia, made 8-of-10 field goals last year in his first season of action with the Colonels. He finished the year on a strong note, making his last six field goal attempts including a season-best 49-yarder in the finale at Murray State. Lloyd registered 15 touchbacks on kick-offs in 2013, the most by an EKU kicker in six years under head coach Dean Hood.

The Colonels return six starters on each side of the ball from a team that finished 6-6 in 2013.

Eastern Kentucky begins the 2014 fall season with a Thursday night road game at Robert Morris on Aug. 28. EKU’s home opener is slated for Sept. 13 against Morehead State.

Fans can reserve 2014 season tickets by contacting the EKU athletics ticket office at 859-622-2122.

2014 Preseason All-OVC Football Team
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: DaMarcus James (RB), Jacksonville State
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Bass (DL), Tennessee State

OFFENSE
QB – Michael German, Tennessee State
QB – Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville State
RB – DaMarcus James, Jacksonville State
RB – Shepard Little, Eastern Illinois
WR – Adam Drake, Eastern Illinois
WR – Josh Barge, Jacksonville State
WR – Paul McRoberts, Southeast Missouri
TE – Jeff LePak, Eastern Illinois
C – Max Holcombe, Jacksonville State
OG – Collin Seibert, Eastern Illinois
OG – Blake Burks, Jacksonville State
OT – Charles Sweeton, UT Martin
OT – Robert Myers, Tennessee State

DEFENSE
DL – Anthony Bass, Tennessee State
DL – Dino Fanti, Eastern Illinois
DL – Caleb Lawrence, Jacksonville State
DL – Chris Landrum, Jacksonville State
LB – Nick Thrasher, Tennessee State
LB – Tony Bell, UT Martin
LB – Robert Haynes, Eastern Illinois
LB – Tra’Darius Goff, Tennessee Tech
DB – Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State
DB – Jourdan Wickliffe, Eastern Illinois
DB – Marty Jones, Tennessee Tech
DB – De’Ante Saunders, Tennessee State

SPECIALISTS
K – Andrew Lloyd, Eastern Kentucky
P – Hamish MacInnes, Jacksonville State
RS – Shepard Little, Eastern Illinois

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Lloyd Earns a Spot on 2014 CFPA Placekicker Award Watch List

Posted on 07 July 2014 by admin

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Eastern Kentucky University football player Andrew Lloyd has earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA Placekicker Award Watch List, as announced this weekend by College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).

Lloyd, a senior from Winchester, Virginia, made 8-of-10 field goals last year in his first season of action with the Colonels. He finished the year on a strong note, making each of his last six field goal attempts including a season-best 49-yarder in the finale at Murray State. Lloyd registered 15 touchbacks on kick-offs in 2013, the most by an EKU kicker in six years under head coach Dean Hood.

The initial CFPA watch list includes 36 returning performers, vying for the top placekicker award in the Football Championship Subdivision. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.

The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

Former EKU star Jeremy Caldwell earned the 2011 CFPA Elite Kickoff Returner Award.

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced Jan. 14, 2015. For more information on the CFPA, please visit collegefootballperformance.com.

Eastern Kentucky begins the 2014 fall season with a Thursday night road game at Robert Morris on Aug. 28.

Fans can reserve 2014 season tickets by contacting the EKU athletics ticket office at 859-622-2122.

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Jude Earns A Spot on 2014 CFPA Running Back Watch List

Posted on 24 June 2014 by admin

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Eastern Kentucky University football player JJ Jude has earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA Quarterback Award Watch List, as announced yesterday by College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).

Jude, a native of Hagerhill, Kentucky, led Eastern with 637 yards on the ground last season. The sophomore twice reached the 100-yard plateau in 2013 including a career-best 195 rushing yards against Morehead State. Jude equaled a program record with four rushing touchdowns against the Eagles. He also piled up 114 yards and a score in the win over Southeast Missouri.

The running back position should be one of the stronger units for the Colonels this year. Jude joins newcomer Dy’Shawn Mobley and redshirt freshman Kentayvus Hopkins in the preseason backfield rotation. EKU averaged 198.7 yards per game rushing in 2013.

The initial CFPA watch list includes 38 returning performers, vying for the top running back award in the Football Championship Subdivision. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.

The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

Former EKU star Jeremy Caldwell earned the 2011 CFPA Elite Kickoff Returner Award.

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced Jan. 14, 2015. For more information on the CFPA, please visit collegefootballperformance.com.

Eastern Kentucky begins the 2014 fall season with a Thursday night road game at Robert Morris on Aug. 28.

Fans can reserve 2014 season tickets by contacting the EKU athletics ticket office at 859-622-2122.

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McClain Earns a Spot on 2014 CFPA Quarterback Watch List

Posted on 10 June 2014 by admin

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Eastern Kentucky University football player Jared McClain has earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA Quarterback Award Watch List, as announced today by College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).

McClain, a native of Hiram, Georgia, started 11 of 12 games at the quarterback position for the Colonels in 2013. The senior finished third in the Ohio Valley Conference in both passing (1,535 yards) and total offense (1,949) last fall. McClain’s best game as a junior came in a win over Morehead State where he completed 17-of-26 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 73 yards and tossed three scoring passes in the 44-0 victory over No. 23 Tennessee State.

The initial CFPA watch list includes 36 returning performers, vying for the top quarterback award in the Football Championship Subdivision. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.

The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

Last season, Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams earned the CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy.

Former EKU star Jeremy Caldwell earned the 2011 CFPA Elite Kickoff Returner Award.

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced Jan. 14, 2015. For more information on the CFPA, please visit collegefootballperformance.com.

Eastern Kentucky begins the 2014 fall season with a Thursday night road game at Robert Morris on Aug. 28.

Fans can reserve 2014 season tickets by contacting the EKU athletics ticket office at 859-622-2122.

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EKU Football Adds 19 Signees to the Colonel Program

Posted on 05 February 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University head football coach Dean Hood announced today that 19 student-athletes will join the Colonel program beginning this spring and next fall. The focus of the 2014 class was along the trenches as nine of the 19 signees are either linemen or tight ends.

The class includes five offensive linemen, four defensive backs, two defensive linemen, two tight ends, two wide receivers, one athlete, one running back, one quarterback and one punter. The 2014 signing class features three players from the Commonwealth of Kentucky as well as players from six other states and Australia.

“The Commonwealth of Kentucky drives everything for us in recruiting,” Hood said. “If there is enough talent here, that’s where we start. When the talent pool isn’t big enough or good enough, we have to expand to the surrounding states. We’ve got a lot of good connections in Florida and that’s where we found a healthy portion of our signing class this year.”

Colonel fans are invited to Gillum’s Sports Lounge in the Richmond Mall for lunch tomorrow, Feb. 6 to listen to Hood’s thoughts on the 2014 signing class. The luncheon is scheduled to start at noon and will also include video highlights of all of the signees.

“There is no question we addressed our needs,” Hood said. “You don’t always get everyone you want, but sometimes you get a big surprise.”

Eastern Kentucky finished the 2013 campaign with a 6-6 overall record and 4-4 mark in OVC play. Following the season, five players were named to the All-OVC team while wide receiver Devin Borders claimed OVC Freshman of the Year honors.

EKU kicks off the 2014 schedule with a Thursday night road contest at Robert Morris on Aug. 28. The Colonels have won a record 21 OVC titles and reached the FCS playoffs 20 times, second most of any program in the nation.

Fans can reserve 2014 season tickets by contacting the EKU athletics ticket office at 859-622-2122.

NamePositionHometown
Cameron Kowalewski OLDallas, Ga.
Z StephensonOLBloomington, Ind.
Kobie GraceDB Winter Park, Fla.
Kagen SkidmoreOL Somerset, Ky
Luke KallschmidtAthPerry, Fla
Tyler Swafford QB Brentwood, Tenn.
Scott DanielWRGeorgetown, Ky.
*Dy'Shawn Mobley RB Kentucky
*Tyrell CurryDB Highland CC (Kansas)
*Keith Wrzuszczak PGeelong, Victoria, Australia.
Davonte "Buck" Solomon DB Groveland, Fla.
Dan PaulTENaples, Fla.
Marqui DanielDE Niceville, Fla.
Brock SmithDEPompano Beach, Fla.
Jalen Allen OLIndianapolis, Ind.
Justin MylesTE Cincinnati, Ohio
Torrodd CarterWR Westerville, Ohio
Jordan WhitfieldDB Huber Heights, Ohio
Kameron CrimOL Covington, Ky.

Jalen Allen
OL, 6-3, 285
Indianapolis, Ind., Pike High School
–All-state performer
–2012 junior all-state
–2013 All-Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference honoree
–All-Indian Conference as a junior
–Three-year starter
–Team won two sectional championships and advanced to two state elite eight appearances

Torrodd Carter
WR, 6-2, 185
Westerville, Ohio, Westerville South High School
–Two-star recruit by Rivals.com
–First team All-OCC, all-metro and All-Ohio
–Recorded 63 catches for 1,111 yards (17.6 avg.) and 10 scores as a senior

Kameron Crim
OL, 6-5, 275
Covington, Ky., Scott High School
–Cincinnati Enquirer first team all-state honoree
–Two-time All-Northern Kentucky selection
–Two-time all-district

Tyrell Curry
DB, 5-10, 195
Rock Hill, S.C., Rock Hill High School
–Transfer from Highland Community College in Kansas
–Led team to an undefeated regular season as a senior in high school
–48 tackles, four pass break-ups and two forced fumbles last year at Highlands CC
–Chris Blach Courage Award

Marqui Daniel
DL, 6-2, 215
Niceville, Fla., Niceville High School
–NWF Daily News all-area honoree
–Two-star recruit by Rivals.com
–Florida 7A all-state pick
–7A FloridaHSfootball.com all-elite
–Subway Panhandle all-star
–Led team with 7.5 sacks
–Posted 90 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a senior

Scott Daniel
WR, 6-0, 190
Georgetown, Ky., Scott County High School
–Associated Press and Louisville Courier-Journal all-state honors
–Two-time 6A Player of the Year
–Border Bowl MVP
–Posted 1,400 all-purpose yards as a senior
–Recorded 1,984 all-purpose yards as a junior
–Second team all-state selection as a sophomore and junior
–Two-star recruit by Rivals.com

Kobie Grace
DB, 5-10, 180
Winter Park, Fla., West Orange High School
–Class 8A third team all-state honoree
–All-Orange County pick
–Defensive MVP of the Orange County East/West game
–High school coach was former Colonel Bob Head (1993-96)

Luke Kallschmidt
ATH, 6-4, 200
Perry, Fla., Taylor County High School
–Second team all-state honoree
–All-Big Bend Area
–Top Dog Award winner
–Finished fifth in state in the 300-meter hurdles as a junior

Cameron Kowalewski
OL, 6-4, 265
Dallas, Ga., Hillgrove High School
–All-Cobb County selection
–Team captain
–Starter in the Cobb County all-star game
–Second team all-state honoree
–Three-year starter
–Team made playoffs three straight years, including elite eight appearance as a senior

Dy’Shawn Mobley
RB, 5-11, 210
Powell, Tenn., Powell High School
–Transfer from the University of Kentucky
–Set the single season rushing record for the state of Tennessee as a senior prepster with 3,068 yards and 49 touchdowns
–Averaged 12.1 yards per carry his senior season
–All-state Dream Team as a senior
–Three-time all-district
–Rushed for 300 yards on 43 carries last year for Kentucky, including 143 yards against Tennessee

Justin Myles
TE, 6-4, 240
Cincinnati, Ohio, Colerain High School
–Second team All-GMC
–Moved from tackle to tight end as a senior
–Helped the team rush for more than 300 yards in 11 of 13 games

Dan Paul
TE, 6-4, 225
Naples, Fla., Naples Community High School
–All-Southwest Florida Area by the Naples Daily News
–State runner-up in the discus

Kagen Skidmore
OL, 6-2, 295
Somerset, Ky., Somerset High School
–Four-time all-county pick on the offensive line
–Three-time all-district honoree
–Two-time Louisville Courier-Journal all-state honorable mention
–2014 District 7 Player of the Year
–2014 Associated Press second team all-state for offensive and defensive line
–200 career tackles, 20 career sacks
–Two-star recruit by Rivals.com

Brock Smith
DL, 6-4, 215
Pompano Beach, Fla., Blanche Ely High School
–Two-star recruit by Rivals.com
–Second team all-state selection
–Recorded 90 tackles, 18 sacks and 24 tackles for loss
–Two-year starter
–Appeared in two all-star games – BCAA North/South and Dade vs. Florida

Davonte “Buck” Solomon
DB, 6-1, 175
Groveland, Fla., South Lake High School
–All-Central Florida selection
–All-district honors
–Member of the Central Florida ‘Super 60’

Z Stephenson
OL, 6-2, 300
Bloomington, Ind., Bloomington North High School
–First team Indiana Football Coaches Association all-state in 2013
–First team all-conference as a senior
–Two-time first team all-area by the Herald-Times
–2013 Bloomington North Captains Award

Tyler Swafford
QB, 6-2, 185
Brentwood, Tenn., Brentwood Academy
–Completed 193-of-288 passes for 2,554 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior
–First team all-state pick
–Division II Regional Player of the Year
–Player of the Year for the East/Middle region
–First team All-Midstate quarterback by The Tennessean
–West team starting quarterback in the East vs. West all-star game
–Two-star recruit by Rivals.com

Jordan Whitfield
DB, 6-1, 185
Huber Heights, Ohio, Wayne High School
–First team all-area Division 1
–First team all-district honoree
–Notched 48 tackles, two forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and four interceptions as a senior

Keith Wrzuszczak
P, 5-10, 180
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
–Enrolled at EKU in January
–Coached by the same coach as Jordan Berry
–Trained for the Australian national team in the pole vault

 

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