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  Daryl McCleskey and Alonzo Booth scored touchdowns, Sam Hayworth kicked three field goals and Eastern Kentucky defeated Tennessee Tech 22-10 on Saturday. McCleskey, who ran for 106 yards on 26 carries, scored on a 1-yard run late in the first quarter. The touchdown tied the game after Bailey Fisher opened the scoring with a 6-yard run for what would be Tennessee Tech's only touchdown. Hayworth kicked field goals of 22, 36 and 29 yards in the second quarter and Booth added a 1-yard TD run in the fourth. Eastern Kentucky (6-5, 4-3 Ohio Valley) rushed for 230 yards and held Tennessee Tech (6-5, 3-4) to 2 rushing yards and 11 first downs. Bailey Fisher completed 20 of 35 passes for 148 yards for the Golden Eagles. EKU sacked Fisher seven times. Taquan Evans led the way with three. Parker McKinney completed 13 of 26 for 188 yards for the Colonels. - AP College Football

(DS#64 RB) Sr/2020 RB Daryl McCleskey Jr.Eastern Kentucky
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  OCT 28 OVC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Samuel Hayworth, K, 5-11, 180, Sr., Ormond Beach, Fla., Eastern Kentucky,...Playing in a driving rain on a completely saturated field, Hayworth connected on four field goals and three extra points to account for 15 of Eastern Kentucky's points in a 33-6 win at Eastern Illinois. The senior connected on field goals of 35, 28, 35 and 23 yards as the team went from being up 14-0 to 26-0. Others Nominated: Jason Pierce, Jacksonville State; Jake Reynolds, Southeast Missouri; Luke Maynard, Tennessee Tech. - Ohio Valley Football

(DS#999 K) rJr/2020 K Samuel HayworthEastern Kentucky
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  Eastern Kentucky used a balanced ground attack and four field goals from Samuel Hayworth and the Colonels controlled Eastern Illinois 33-6 on Saturday. Alonzo Booth, Parker McKinney, and Ellis Cain each scored touchdowns while Daryl McCleskey Jr. led Eastern Kentucky (5-3, 3-1 Ohio Valley Conference) in rushing yards with 79 on 18 carries. The Colonels had five players rush for 265 yards.

Hayworth gave special teams a boost when he made of 4 of 5 field goals. He made kicks of 35, 28, 25, and 23 yards in succession to turn a 14-0 halftime lead into a 26-point margin with 6:17 left in the game. Both teams struggled in the passing game as McKinney completed 2-of-9 passes for 14 yards and was intercepted once. Harry Woodbery threw the Panthers' (0-9, 0-5) lone touchdown but was just 9 of 28 for 49 yards. EKU held Eastern Illinois to 89 yards of offense and the Panthers were 0 for 15 on third-down conversions though 2 for 3 converting fourth down. - AP College Football


(DS#999 FB) rSo/2022 FB Alonzo BoothEastern Kentucky
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  OCT 21 OVC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Frank Sumpter, DB, 5-11, 185, R-Sr., Cleveland, Ohio, Eastern Kentucky,...With his team leading by seven in the final 10 seconds of the game, Sumpter picked off a pass in the end zone to give Eastern Kentucky a 34-27 victory at Murray State. The Racers went 71 yards in 10 plays on the potential game-tying drive, marching to the EKU three-yard line before Sumpter picked off the Preston Rice pass attempt to end the game. The senior finished the game with five tackles (including a tackle-for-loss). - Ohio Valley Football

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2020 CB Frank SumpterEastern Kentucky
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  Parker McKinney threw for 256 yards and two scores, Alonzo Booth ran for two touchdowns and Eastern Kentucky held off Murray State 34-27 on Saturday. Zaden Webber kicked a 49-yard field goal with 10:14 left in the first quarter to give the Racers their only lead of the day. McKinney followed with TD passes of 56 and 14 yards to Alex Cabrera and Jerome Goss respectively. Preston Rice countered with an 18-yard pass to James Sappington to bring Murray State within 14-10. Eastern Kentucky (4-3, 2-1 Ohio Valley Conference) ended the half with a 38-yard field goal, and that started a run of 20-unanswered points for the Colonels and Murray State (4-4, 2-2) never recovered. After closing to within a touchdown, the Colonels tightened on defense and forced Murray State to punt, turnover on downs and picked off Rice on the Racers' final possession. Rice was 39-of-58 passing for 373 yards and two scores but was intercepted three times. - AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) Fr/2023 QB Parker McKinneyEastern Kentucky
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  Daryl McCleskey Jr. ran for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Eastern Kentucky rolled to a 42-16 victory over Tennessee State on Saturday night in an Ohio Valley Conference opener. The senior McCleskey surpassed 2,000 career yards rushing and has now run for over 100 yards in three straight games. He had a 68-yard run that set up a 5-yard TD run to cap the scoring with five minutes left. He also had a 9-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Alonzo Booth added 115 yards on the ground and two touchdowns as the Colonels (3-2, 1-0) finished with 379 yards rushing. Parker McKinney had a 6-yard scoring run and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Beerman. Te'kendrick Roberson's 8-yard touchdown run pulled Tennessee State (1-4, 0-1) to 28-16 late in the third quarter. Antonio Zita made all three of his field goal attempts for the Tigers. - AP College Football


(DS#64 RB) Sr/2020 RB Daryl McCleskey Jr.Eastern Kentucky
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  Alonzo Booth carried seven times for 128 yards and three touchdowns and Eastern Kentucky rolled past Valparaiso 53-7 in a season-opener on Thursday night. Booth scored two of his touchdowns on short runs early in the second quarter but the rout was already on after the Colonels scored twice in the game's first three minutes. Daryl McCleskey Jr. scored on a 64-yard run and quarterback Dakota Allen ran for the 2-point conversion. On the Crusaders' second play from scrimmage, linebacker Steven Crowder sacked Chris Duncan, who fumbled.

Corey Glass recovered the loose ball and ran 29 yards for a touchdown and a 15-0 lead. The Colonels added Booth's two touchdowns and a field goal in the second quarter and led 32-0 at halftime. Booth scored on an 86-yard run in the fourth quarter. Duncan connected with Ollie Reese for a 61-yard touchdown pass on Valpo's first drive of the second half, the Crusaders' lone score. Eastern Kentucky gained 442 yards total offense, 333 on the ground. - AP College Football


(DS#999 FB) rSo/2022 FB Alonzo BoothEastern Kentucky
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  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT ALL-FCS FIRST TEAM: Aaron Patrick, Eastern Kentucky, Sr.,...Patrick, a redshirt senior, was a first team All-OVC selection by coaches and communications directors, and Phil Steele last season. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Dayton, Ohio native ranked second in the league with 0.68 sacks per game in 2018. He is a preseason All-America pick by three organizations and is also on the 2019 STATS Buck Buchanan Award watch list for national defensive player of the year. - EKU Football

(DS#30 OLB) rSr/2020 OLB Aaron PatrickEastern Kentucky
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  2019 PRESEASON STATS FCS BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD WATCHLIST: Aaron Patrick, Eastern Kentucky, DE, R-Sr., 6-4, 245,...The 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end was a first team All-Ohio Valley Conference pick by coaches and communications directors and first team All-OVC by Phil Steele last season. Patrick ranked second in the OVC with 0.68 sacks per game. He finished the season with 53 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries and one pass break-up. Patrick had 2.5 sacks in the season-opener against Morehead State (Aug. 30). He had a sack in a near upset of FBS Bowling Green (Sept. 15). The Dayton, Ohio native had 1.5 sacks against Eastern Illinois (Oct. 27) and posted a sack with six tackles in the season-finale at Tennessee Tech (Nov. 17). - Eastern Kentucky Football

(DS#30 OLB) rSr/2020 OLB Aaron PatrickEastern Kentucky
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM (COACHES): DL - Aaron Patrick, Eastern Kentucky,...Patrick was chosen to the HERO Sports 2019 FCS Preseason All-America Team earlier this summer. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound senior was a first team All-OVC pick by coaches and communications directors and first team All-OVC by Phil Steele last season. Patrick ranked second in the OVC with 0.68 sacks per game. He finished the season with 53 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries and one pass break-up. - Eastern Kentucky Football

(DS#30 OLB) rSr/2020 OLB Aaron PatrickEastern Kentucky
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM (COACHES): RB - Daryl McCleskey Jr., Eastern Kentucky,...McCleskey was a third team All-OVC pick by Phil Steele after the 2018 season. The 5-foot-9, 185 pound senior was second on the team with 651 rushing yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry.He scored five rushing touchdowns. The Dayton, Ohio native caught 12 passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns. McCleskey was fifth in the OVC in rushing yards and fifth in rushing yards per game (59.2). - Eastern Kentucky Football

(DS#64 RB) Sr/2020 RB Daryl McCleskey Jr.Eastern Kentucky
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM (COACHES): DB - Leodis Moore III, Eastern Kentucky,...Moore earned first team All-OVC recognition by coaches and communications directors last season. He was also a first team All-OVC pick by Phil Steele. The 5-foot-9, 190 pound senior finished with 48 tackles, six tackles for a loss, 0.5 sacks, five interceptions, five pass break-ups, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick.

He led the OVC and ranked ninth in the nation with 0.5 interceptions per game. The Indianapolis, Indiana native earned OVC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice and also received honorable mention for STATS National Defensive Player of the Week once. - Eastern Kentucky Football


(DS#71 SS) rSr/2020 SS Leodis Moore IIIEastern Kentucky
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