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Three Colonels Earn Weekly Awards After Homecoming Victory Over UT Martin

Posted on 23 October 2017 by admin

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

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

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

Corey Glass

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

Keith Wrzuszczak

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

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

Daryl McCleskey Jr.

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

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

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

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