RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky’s Dy’Shawn Mobley was chosen as the Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year by the league’s head coaches and media relations contacts. Four Colonels were chosen Preseason All-OVC and EKU was picked to place third in the preseason poll.

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Along with Mobley, offensive guard Trey Shelton and offensive tackle Brett Eyckmans were selected to the Preseason All-OVC team on the offensive side. Defensive back Stanley Absanon was a Preseason All-OVC selection on defense.

Mobley, a preseason All-American by STATS and one of 22 players from across the nation on the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List, was the OVC Offensive Player of the Year last season and a finalist for the Walter Payton Award.

He helped the Colonels to a 9-4 record by rushing for 1,491 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns. The Powell, Tennessee native ranked sixth in the nation in touchdowns, 12th in yards and 14th in yards per game (114.7).

Eyckmans and Shelton anchored an offensive line that paved the way for Mobley and EKU’s running attack to churn out 220.5 yards per game on the ground last season. Eyckmans, a 6-foot-4 290-pound senior from Lexington, Kentucky, was a first team All-OVC honoree last season and a third team preseason All-American by STATS this season. Shelton, a 6-foot-4 300-pound senior from Chester, Virginia, garnered second team All-OVC honors a year ago.

Absanon, a 5-foot-11 185-pound senior from Auburndale, Florida, tied for the team lead with four interceptions in 2014, broke up a team-best nine pass attempts and totaled 56 tackles in 2014.

EKU totaled 106 points in the preseason OVC poll, one less than second place Eastern Illinois (107). Jacksonville State (128) earned 16 first-place votes and is the preseason favorite. Eastern Kentucky garnered the only other two first-place votes.

Tennessee-Martin (78) was fourth and Tennessee State (66) came in fifth. Southeast Missouri (63) and Tennessee Tech (45) were sixth and seventh respectively. Murray State (38) and Austin Peay (17) rounded out the poll in eighth and ninth.

2015 Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Football Team
(Selected by OVC Head Football Coaches and Sports Information Directors)

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Dy’Shawn Mobley (RB), Eastern Kentucky
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Devaunte Sigler (DL), Jacksonville State

Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
QB Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville State * 6-3 200 R-Jr. Birmingham, Ala.
RB Dy’Shawn Mobley, Eastern Kentucky * 5-11 215 Sr. Powell, Tenn.
RB DeMichael Jackson, Southeast Missouri ** 5-10 190 Sr. Louisville, Ky.
WR Paul McRoberts, Southeast Missouri * 6-3 197 Sr. St. Louis, Mo.
WR Josh Barge, Jacksonville State ** 6-1 172 R-Jr. Carrollton, Ga.
WR Janawski Davis, Murray State ** 5-7 164 Sr. Eight Mile, Ala.
TE Bo Brummel, Jacksonville State ** 6-3 240 Sr. Arlington, Wash.
C Casey Dunn, Jacksonville State 6-3 289 Jr. Trussville, Ala.
OG Adam Wright, Jacksonville State * 6-4 293 R-Sr. Centerpoint, Ala.
OG Trey Shelton, Eastern Kentucky ** 6-4 300 Sr. Chester, Va.
OT Brett Eyckmans, Eastern Kentucky * 6-4 290 Sr. Lexington, Ky.
OT Justin Lea, Jacksonville State ** 6-4 271 R-So. Henagar, Ala.
OT Evan Kanz, Eastern Illinois ** 6-5 310 R-Jr. Luxemburg, Wis.

Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
DL Devaunte Sigler, Jacksonville State * 6-5 292 Sr. Mobile, Ala.
DL LaMichael Fanning, Jacksonville State * 6-7 281 R-Sr. Whitesville, Ga.
DL Dino Fanti, Eastern Illinois ** 6-1 265 R-Sr. Venice, Fla.
DL Chris Landrum, Jacksonville State ** 6-3 263 R-Sr. Sweet Water, Ala.
DL Gabe Terry, Tennessee State ** 6-2 225 Sr. Palm Beach, Fla.
LB Kamu Grugier-Hill, Eastern Illinois * 6-2 215 Sr. Papakolea, Hawaii
LB Jonathan Jackson, Murray State 5-11 211 Jr. Mayfi eld, Ky.
LB Roper Garrett, Southeast Missouri 6-1 234 Jr. Farmington, Mo.
LB Tra’Darius Goff, Tennessee Tech 5-11 240 R-Sr. Columbia, Tenn.
DB Jourdan Wickliffe, Eastern Illinois * 6-1 200 R-Sr. Columbus, Ohio
DB Jermaine Hough, Jacksonville State * 5-10 180 Sr. Lovejoy, Ga.
DB Stanley Absanon, Eastern Kentucky 5-11 185 Sr. Auburndale, Fla.
DB DeBarriaus Miller, Jacksonville State 6-0 190 Sr. Fort Valley, Ga.

Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
K Ryan McCrum, Southeast Missouri * 6-0 228 Jr. St. Charles, Mo.
P Hamish MacInnes, Jacksonville State * 6-1 178 Sr. Victoria, Australia
RS Pokey Harris, Murray State * 5-10 173 Sr. Winchester, Ky.
* – 1st team All-OVC team in 2014 ** – 2nd team All-OVC team in 2014

2015 OVC Football Predicted Order of Finish
(Selected by OVC Head Football Coaches and Sports Information Directors)
Order of Finish Points
1. Jacksonville State (16 first-place votes) 128
2. Eastern Illinois 107
3. Eastern Kentucky (2) 106
4. UT Martin 78
5. Tennessee State 66
6. Southeast Missouri 63
7. Tennessee Tech 45
8. Murray State 38
9. Austin Peay 17
Note: 8 points awarded for a first-place vote, 7 for second, etc. – Coaches and SID’s could not vote for their own teams