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  Two of the Eastern Kentucky University football team's top offensive performers - wide receivers Jackson Beerman and Keyion Dixon - won't return for the 2021 season. Both recently announced their decisions on social media. Beerman is set to leave the program as a grad transfer, while Dixon will forego a potential additional year of eligibility to focus on preparing for the NFL Draft. Dixon (37) and Beerman (27) were second and third, respectively, on the team in receptions in 2020. - Richmond Register

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2021 WR Keyion DixonEastern Kentucky
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  Two of the Eastern Kentucky University football team's top offensive performers — wide receivers Jackson Beerman and Keyion Dixon - won't return for the 2021 season. Both recently announced their decisions on social media. Beerman is set to leave the program as a grad transfer, while Dixon will forego a potential additional year of eligibility to focus on preparing for the NFL Draft. Dixon (37) and Beerman (27) were second and third, respectively, on the team in receptions in 2020. "This is what is best for me moving forward," Dixon said. "(I) will forever be an Eternal Colonel." Dixon played two seasons at EKU after transferring from Connecticut. The Glastonburry, Conn., native made a big impact, catching a total of 71 passes for more than 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2020, Dixon had a team-best 607 yards receiving and a team-best six TDs. The redshirt senior could have applied to the NCAA for an extra season of eligibility because of COVID-19. "After talking to my family, I've decided to...begin my journey to the next level in preparation for the 2021 NFL Draft," Dixon said. "Playing football is all I've ever known and wanted to do." - Richmond Register

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2021 WR Keyion DixonEastern Kentucky
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  Alonzo Booth ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns, caught another and Eastern Kentucky's four touchdowns in the fourth quarter sent it to a 49-17 win over Western Carolina on Saturday. Eastern Kentucky (3-6) scored three touchdowns in consecutive possessions with the longest drive lasting 46 seconds. Up 21-10, wide receiver Jackson Beerman threw a 63-yard score to fellow receiver Jacquez Jones with 14:40 left. Following an interception, Booth ran it in from 6-yards 90 seconds later, and after forcing the Catamounts to a three-and-out, Isaiah Velez threw a 66-yard score to Beerman with 11:23 to go. Before halftime, Ricky Palao scooped Velez's fumble on a sack to give the Catamounts a 10-7 advantage with 11:40 left before halftime. The lead lasted a mere 14 seconds as Davion Ross returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for the lead. Velez threw a 69-yard touchdown to Booth to extend the margin to 21-10 four minutes later. Will Jones threw for 127 yards, a touchdown and interception for the Catamounts (0-2). - Eastern Kentucky/AP College Football

(DS#999 FB) rJr/2022 FB Alonzo BoothEastern Kentucky
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  Backup Dakota Allen threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Matt Wilcox Jr. with six seconds remaining and Eastern Kentucky rallied to beat Central Arkansas 31-28 on Saturday. Breylin Smith hit Tyler Hudson with a 50-yard pass to the EKU 2 then scored himself with 1:42 remaining to give Central Arkansas (3-4) its first lead of the game. Allen then led the Colonels (2-4) 77 yards on eight plays with the aid of two personal foul penalties and a fourth-down completion to keep the drive alive before finding Wilcox alone in the end zone. Allen came on after starter Parker McKinney was knocked out of the game after a hard hit seconds before the end of the first half. McKinney threw for 216 yards and two touchdown passes for a 17-7 halftime lead. Allen had a 7-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter before the Bears scored twice to take the lead. Jacquez Jones had 136 yards receiving for EKU. Smith was 30 of 45 for 320 yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Hudson had 106 yards receiving and Lujuan Winningham 103 yards, including a touchdown. The two teams meet again on Nov. 14 at Central Arkansas. - AP College/Eastern Kentucky Football

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2022 QB Dakota AllenEastern Kentucky
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  SEPT 26 CFB STARS: Parker McKinney, Eastern Kentucky, threw for a career-high four TDs in a 37-14 win over The Citadel. - AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Parker McKinneyEastern Kentucky
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  Parker McKinney threw for a career-high four touchdowns and Eastern Kentucky beat The Citadel 37-14 on Saturday to give Walt Wells his first victory as a head coach. McKinney was 16-of-26 passing for 274 yards. It's the first time an EKU player threw for four scores since Oct. 8, 2016. All three of Tennessee transfer Jacquez Jones' catches went for touchdowns, the longest a 53-yarder that gave EKU a 30-14 lead in the third quarter. McKinney and Jones combined for two touchdowns in the first quarter and Keyion Dixon made it 20-7 in the second quarter following a Bulldogs fumble when he made a juggling catch of a long pass for a 50-yard score.

Emeka Nwanze rushed for 114 yards for The Citadel. Brandon Rainey had a rushing and passing touchdown. With 89 yards rushing, he became the 16th player in program history to go over 2,000 yards on the ground. The game was a rare 2020 FCS matchup with only 17 schools in the division playing this fall. This was The Citadel's only home game in a four-game fall schedule allowed by the Southern Conference, which hopes to play a spring league slate. The Bulldogs (0-3) lost 49-0 at No. 1 Clemson last weekend. EKU (1-2) opted out of playing an Ohio Valley Conference schedule in the spring, choosing to play a nine-game fall schedule. - AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Parker McKinneyEastern Kentucky
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  LSU defensive end TK McLendon has entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to multiple reports. The 6-foot-3, 269-pound junior was once thought to contend for a starting position, and McLendon's brief career in Baton Rouge could come to an end. The news was first reported by AL.com. McLendon transferred to LSU from Copiah-Lincoln Community College as a tight end before the 2019 season, and he moved to the defensive side after catching one pass for 12 yards last year. LSU entered the 2020 offseason with considerable depth at tight end, and McLendon was thought to make an immediate impact on the defensive line. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#999 DE) rJr/2022 DE TK McLendonEastern Kentucky
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  Eastern Kentucky kicker Landon White has quit the football team in a social media post that accuses the FCS program of being lax in coronavirus testing and following protocols. White says on Instagram that the team's last test was July 6 and that symptomatic players were still in the building and around other teammates. The junior adds that meeting rooms have had "100+ players and staff crammed into it with zero space and no social distancing rules in sight." The 6-foot-1, 192-pound White also says first-year Colonels coach Walt Wells knows and “does nothing,” adding that he only cares about EKU earning a big payout from West Virginia for playing in Morgantown on Sept. 12. Athletic director Matt Roan said in a statement the department is aware of White's post. He says "egregiously or willfully ignoring safety guidelines" by staff or students will not be tolerated. Moan also says weekly testing will be done consistent with re-socialization requirements and anyone reporting symptoms will be tested, monitored and quarantined if necessary. - AP College Football

(DS#72 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Steven CrowderEastern Kentucky
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  2019 AFCA FCS COACHES' SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DL Aaron Patrick, R-Sr., Eastern Kentucky,...Patrick finished his career with 27.5 career sacks, second-most in EKU history, and just 1.5 sacks away from tying school record of 29.0. He concluded the season with 52 tackles, including 16.5 tackles for a loss and 10.0 sacks, forced three fumbles and had one interception. Patrick led the OVC and ranked 11th in the nation with 0.83 sacks per game. He led the conference, and was 26th in the country, in tackles for a loss (1.4/game). The 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end was third in the league, and 21st in FCS football, in forced fumbles (0.25/game). - Eastern Kentucky Football

(DS#46 OLB) rSr/2020 OLB Aaron PatrickEastern Kentucky
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL - Aaron Patrick, Eastern Kentucky,...Patrick finished the season with 52 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception. The redshirt senior led the OVC in sacks per game (0.83) and was second in tackles for a loss (1.38 per game). He ranks 11th nationally in sacks per game, 22nd in forced fumbles and 29th in tackles for a loss per game). He is a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the top defensive player in FCS football. The Dayton, Ohio native had a season-best eight tackles, including two sacks, in a win over Tennessee State. He had a season-high 3.5 tackles for a loss against nationally-ranked Southeast Missouri. Patrick also recorded two sacks in the season-ending win at Jacksonville State. He concluded his career with 27.5 sacks, the second-most in program history. - Eastern Kentucky Football

(DS#46 OLB) rSr/2020 OLB Aaron PatrickEastern Kentucky
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Daryl McCleskey Jr., Eastern Kentucky,...McCleskey was the only player in the conference to rush for 1,000 yards this season, finishing with 454 more yards than any other. The senior totaled 1,238 yards on 214 carries for an average of 5.8 yards per touch. He scored eight touchdowns on the ground and caught one. He finished the season with 28 receptions, the second-most on the team, for 197 yards. In addition to leading the OVC in rushing, McCleskey was fourth in rushing touchdowns and third in all-purpose yards (119.6 per game). He is ninth in the country in rushing yards, 13th in yards per game, 23rd in yards per carry and 57th in rushing touchdowns. The Dayton native ran for a career-best, and eclipsed the 2,000-yard career rushing mark, with 202 yards against Tennessee State. - Eastern Kentucky Football

(DS#86 RB) Sr/2020 RB Daryl McCleskey Jr.Eastern Kentucky
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): K - Samuel Hayworth, Eastern Kentucky,...Hayworth finished the 2019 season 18-for-22 on field goal attempts with three of his misses coming from 40 yards or more away. He went 17-for-18 on attempts from inside the 40 yard line. The redshirt senior also made all 37 of his extra-point attempts. The Ormond Beach, Florida native led the OVC in scoring this season with 7.6 points per game. He was second in the conference in field goal percentage (81.8 percent) and field goals per game (1.50 per game). He ranks ninth in the nation in field goals per game and 16th in field goal percentage. Hayworth was chosen as the OVC Specialist of the Week twice and the national special teams player of the week once this season. - Eastern Kentucky Football

(DS#30 K) rSr/2020 K Samuel HayworthEastern Kentucky
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL - Taquan Evans, Eastern Kentucky,...Evans played in all 12 games. He totaled 29 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass break-ups. The redshirt senior from Douglasville, Georgia, was second in the OVC with 0.67 sacks per game and sixth with 1.04 tackles for a loss per game. He ranks 33rd in the nation in sacks per game and 85th in tackles for a loss per game. Evans had three sacks in Eastern's win over Tennessee Tech. - Eastern Kentucky Football

(DS#112 OLB) rSr/2020 OLB Taquan EvansEastern Kentucky
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OT - Graham Ashkettle, Eastern Kentucky,...Tucker Schroeder, a redshirt sophomore from St. Cloud, Florida, started all 12 games at left guard. Graham Ashkettle, a redshirt sophomore from Crestwood, Kentucky, started 10 times at right tackle. The two were part for an offensive line that helped EKU rush for 2,468 yards. They helped the Colonels lead the OVC and rank 22nd in FCS football with 205.5 rushing yards per game. Over the final six games of the season, the offensive line allowed only three sacks. Both started against Tennessee State and aided a running attach that churned out 379 yards, averaging nine yards per rush. - Eastern Kentucky Football

(DS#999 OT) rJr/2022 OT Graham AshkettleEastern Kentucky
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OG - Tucker Schroeder, Eastern Kentucky,...Tucker Schroeder, a redshirt sophomore from St. Cloud, Florida, started all 12 games at left guard. Graham Ashkettle, a redshirt sophomore from Crestwood, Kentucky, started 10 times at right tackle. The two were part for an offensive line that helped EKU rush for 2,468 yards. They helped the Colonels lead the OVC and rank 22nd in FCS football with 205.5 rushing yards per game. Over the final six games of the season, the offensive line allowed only three sacks. Both started against Tennessee State and aided a running attach that churned out 379 yards, averaging nine yards per rush. - Eastern Kentucky Football

(DS#999 OG) rJr/2022 OG Tucker SchroederEastern Kentucky
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