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EKU Announces Addition Of Five To Men’s Basketball Roster

Posted on 22 July 2014 by admin



RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jeff Neubauer announced the addition of five players to the team’s 2014-15 roster today.

Javontae Hawkins, Jonathan Hood, Paul Jackson, Ja’Mill Powell and Denzel Richardson will join the program. Along with Daniel Norl, who signed on to play at EKU last fall, these six make up Neubauer’s 2014 recruiting class at this time.

Hawkins is a 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard from Flint, Michigan. He played two seasons at the University of South Florida and will have to sit out one full year due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2015-16 campaign.

Hawkins played in 55 games, starting 10 times, at USF. He averaged 4.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. He made 6-of-9 attempts from the field and scored a career-best 15 points against Cincinnati on Jan. 18, 2014. He shot 40.1 percent from the field, 28.4 percent from three-point range and 69.1 percent at the free throw line.

Before enrolling at South Florida, Hawkins spent two seasons at Huntington Prep in West Virginia. He averaged 17.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. The four-star prospect was rated No. 89 overall and 16th at his position by ESPN in the class of 2012.

Hood is a 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard from Durham, North Carolina. He spent the past two seasons at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. As a sophomore, Hood earned first team All-Mid Florida Conference honors and finished fourth in voting for the conference player of the year award. He averaged 14.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He made 39.2 percent of his shots from the field, 36.6 percent from three-point range and 76.2 percent from the free throw line.

On Jan.11, Hood scored 30 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including 8-of-11 from behind the arc, against State College of Florida-Manatee. He scored 19 or more points in a game 10 times during the 2013-14 season. Santa Fe finished the season with a 22-9 record. Hood played high school basketball at Body of Christ Christian Academy.

Jackson, a 6-foot guard, will be a freshman in 2014-15. The Lithonia, Georgia native earned 5A first team all-state honors after averaging 21.5 points and 6.9 assists per game for Martin Luther King Jr. High School his senior season. He also garnered first team all-region and second team all-metro honors. Jackson led DeKalb County in scoring and assists. He dished out over 700 career assists and was a team captain as a junior and a senior.

Powell is a 6-foot-7, 195-pound guard from Bridgeport, Conn. He played the past two seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. Powell averaged 15.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in 2013-14 while shooting 40.5 percent from the field, including 31.2 percent from three-point range. As a sophomore he knocked down 78.4 percent of his free throw attempts.

Powell earned second team all-league honors before being named region tournament MVP. In three tourney games, he averaged 24 points. He scored a season-high 29 points twice during the regular season, on Dec. 3 at Carl Albert State College and on Feb. 24 against Northern Oklahoma College-Enid.

Richardson is a 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard from Baltimore, Md. He has spent the past two seasons playing at Pensacola State College in Florida. He averaged 11.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He shot 40.3 percent from the field, 35 percent from behind the three-point line and 75.7 percent at the charity stripe.

Richardson made 8-of-14 attempts from the field, including 6-of-9 from deep, on his way to a season-best 22 points at College of Central Florida on Dec. 2. Pensacola finished the 2013-14 season with a 21-11 record and won the Panhandle Conference Championship for the first time since 1998. Richardson played high school basketball at Calvert Hall High School.

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EKU Football Adds 19 Signees to the Colonel Program

Posted on 05 February 2014 by admin



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.

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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2013 Signee class

Posted on 04 May 2013 by admin

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University head football coach Dean Hood announced today that 17 student-athletes will join the Colonel program beginning this spring and next fall. The focus of the 2013 class was on defense as 10 of the 17 signees are expected to play on that side of the ball.

The class includes six defensive linemen, two linebackers, two defensive backs, two offensive linemen, two tight ends, one wide receiver, one running back and one quarterback. The 2013 signing class comes from five states featuring nine players from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Name Position Hometown
Tyler Malone TE Indianapolis, Ind.
Daryl Taylor*1 DL Greenville, N.C.
Vincent Green DB Cape Coral, Fla.
Elijah Jones DL Versailles, Ky
Barton Mann QB Russell Springs, Ky.
Lorenzo McWilliams DE Roswell, Ga.
Shawn Reynolds DB Buford, Ga.,
Jeffrey Canady LB Barbourville, Ky
Domonick Brown LB Elizabethtown, Ky.
Jason Smith OL Paducah, Ky.
Kentayvus Hopkins RB Paris, Ky.
Tony Messer TE Belfry HS
Brandon Parks DL Richmond, Ky.
Tranard Chester WR Lexington, Ky.
Chance Edwards OL Sumterville, Fla
Armond Jones DL Indianapolis, Ind.
Sheldon Fleming DL Lehigh Acres, Fla


* Midyear transfer

1. Fork Union Military Acad.

Domonick Brown
LB, 6-2, 235
Elizabethtown, Ky., John Hardin High School

–First team all-state
–Lexington Herald-Leader Class of the Commonwealth
–Two-time first team all-district
–Two-time first team all-area
–Two-time District Player of the Year

Jeffrey Canady
LB, 6-1, 220
Barbourville, Ky., Knox Central High School

–First team all-state
–Tri-County Player of the Year
–Class 4A Mountain Player of the Year
–Lexington Herald-Leader Class of the Commonwealth
–2,707 all-purpose yards with 31 touchdowns as a senior
–7,447 career all-purpose yards with 83 scores
–276 career tackles
–16 career interceptions
–Played in the Kentucky vs. Tennessee Border Bowl

Tranard Chester
WR, 6-4, 180
Lexington, Ky. Lafayette High School

–32 catches for 615 yards and eight touchdowns
–Averaged 19.2 yards per catch
–Played in the Kentucky vs. Tennessee Border Bowl
–Posted one catch, 90 yards, one score in the Border Bowl

Chance Edwards
OL, 6-5, 320
Sumterville, Fla., South Sumter High School

–4A first team all-state selection

Sheldon Fleming
DL, 6-3, 240
Lehigh Acres, Fla., East Lee High School

–First team all-district pick
–First team All-Lee County
–Selected to the North-South all-star game
–Finished third in the discus the last two years

Vincent Green
DB, 5-10, 174
Cape Coral, Fla., Island Coast High School

–First team All-Lee County selection
–Played in the Lee County All-Star game

Kentayvus Hopkins
RB, 5-11, 185
Paris, Ky., Bourbon County High School

–Class 3A Player of the Year
–District Player of the Year
–Lexington Herald-Leader Class of the Commonwealth
–Selected to the Best of Bluegrass all-star game
–Played in the Kentucky vs. Tennessee Border Bowl

Armond Jones
DL, 6-3, 255
Indianapolis, Ind., Cardinal Ritter High School

–Class 2A coaches all-state team pick
–Set school record with 16 sacks as a senior
–All-City of Indianapolis
–2012 AP honorable mention all-state

Elijah Jones
DL, 6-4, 280
Versailles, Ky. Woodford County High School

–All-district selection
–Third team all-state
–Played in the Best of the Bluegrass all-star game
–Played in the Kentucky vs. Tennessee Border Bowl

Tyler Malone
TE, 6-5, 240
Indianapolis, Ind. Franklin Central High School

–Team MVP
–All-conference defensive end as a senior
–All-conference offensive tackle as a junior
–All-county honorable mention as a junior

Barton Mann
QB, 6-4, 200
Russell Springs, Ky., Russell County High School

–20-3 record as a starting quarterback
–80-of-139 for 1,436 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior
–258 yards rushing with 10 scores

Lorenzo McWilliams
DE, 6-3, 225
Roswell, Ga., Centennial High School

–First team all-region
–First team all-area by the Roswell Neighborhood Newspaper
–Team defensive MVP
–Team captain
–Led team in sacks (11) and tackle for loss (15)
–Second on the team with 62 tackles

Tony Messer
TE, 6-5, 235
Belfry, Ky., Belfry High School

–First team all-state
–Captain of the Kentucky team in the Kentucky vs. Tennessee Border Bowl
–Team was state finalist three years in a row
–Lexington Herald-Leader Class of the Commonwealth
–Posted 13 catches for 209 yards and three touchdowns
–Finished with 82 total tackles
–Team was district and regional champs the last three years

Brandon Parks
DL, 6-4, 250
Richmond, Ky., Madison Central High School

–Two-time first team all-district
–Played in the Best of Bluegrass all-star game
–Played in the Kentucky vs. Tennessee Border Bowl

Shawn Reynolds
DB, 6-2, 180
Buford, Ga., Buford High School

–Three-time state champion in football
–Gwinnett County honorable mention
–Three-year letter winner in football and baseball

Jason Smith
OL, 6-5, 275
Paducah, Ky., Lone Oak High School

–Two-time all-area by the Paducah Sun
–Two-time All-Western Kentucky
–Honorable mention all-state by the Louisville Courier-Journal as a senior

Daryl Taylor
DL, 6-4, 236
Greenville, N.C., South Central High School

–Transfer from Fork Union Military Academy (Va.)
–Two-time all-conference

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