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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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  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#113 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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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB - Alonzo Booth, Eastern Kentucky,...Booth finished the season with 673 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. The redshirt sophomore from Columbus, Ohio led the conference and is 14th in the nation in rushing touchdowns. - Eastern Kentucky Football

(DS#999 FB) rJr/2022 FB Alonzo BoothEastern Kentucky
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  2019 OVC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Aaron Patrick (DL), Eastern Kentucky,...Patrick, a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, led the OVC and ranked 11th nationally in sacks in 2019, averaging 0.83/game (10.0 total). The senior ranked second in the OVC and 29th nationally in tackles for loss (1.4/game), finishing the season with 16.5 for loss. He finished his career with 27.5 career sacks which ranks second in school history. Patrick tallied 52 total tackles, forced three fumbles (a mark that was tied for 22nd in the FCS), had six quarterback hurries and an interception.

The senior had a season-best eight tackles in a win over Tennessee State in September; he also had 2.0 sacks in that game, a mark he equaled in the season finale victory over Jacksonville State, marking the Colonels first win over the Gamecocks since 2012. Patrick added a season-high 3.5 tackles for loss in a game against nationally-ranked Southeast Missouri in early November. Patrick is the 15th EKU player to be named OVC Defensive Player of the Year (a group that includes former NFL players Aaron Jones, Chad Bratzke and Yeremiah Bell) and first since the 2015 season (Noah Spence). - Ohio Valley Football


(DS#46 OLB) rSr/2020 OLB Aaron PatrickEastern Kentucky
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  NOV 25 STATS FCS NATIONAL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sam Hayworth, Eastern Kentucky, PK, R-Sr., 5-11, 180, Ormond Beach, Florida,...Hayworth scored an school-record 17 points in the Colonels' 29-23 victory over Jacksonville State -- their first over the Ohio Valley Conference power since 2012. He connected from 34, 24, 25, 50 and 28 yards while going 5-for-6 on field goal attempts (the miss was from 48 yards) and made his two PAT attempts. He also kicked off seven times with three touchbacks. Honorable Mention: Grayson Atkins, PK, Furman; Nick Bisceglia, PK, Robert Morris; Skyler Davis, PK, Elon; Ahmere Dorsey, KR/WR, Rhode Island; Storm Ruiz, PK, Stephen F. Austin; Jonathon Thomas, PK, Bethune-Cookman; Sam Webster, PK, Dayton; Daniel Whelan, P, UC Davis. - STATS FCS Football

(DS#30 K) rSr/2020 K Samuel HayworthEastern Kentucky
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  NOV 25 OHIO VALLEY SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Samuel Hayworth, K, 5-11, 180, Sr., Ormond Beach, Fla., Eastern Kentucky,...Hayworth set an Eastern Kentucky record by 17 points by kicking as the Colonels topped Jacksonville State 29-23, marking its first win over the Gamecocks since 2012. The senior connected from 34, 24, 25, 50 and 28 yards on field goal attempts and was 2-of-2 on PATs in the six-point win. He hit from 50 yards and 28 yards in the fourth quarter which proved to be the difference in the win. He broke the previous school record of 16 kicking points set by Jamie Lovett in 1983. Hayworth also kicked off seven times with three touchbacks. He currently ranks ninth nationally in field goals/game (1.5) and 16th in field goal percentage (81.8%). Others Nominated: Seth Rowland, Tennessee State. - Ohio Valley Conference Football

(DS#30 K) rSr/2020 K Samuel HayworthEastern Kentucky
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  Samuel Hayworth made 5-of-6 field goal attempts - including a 50-yarder - and Conor Blount threw a touchdown and Eastern Kentucky beat Jacksonville State 29-23 on Saturday. Hayworth made kicks from 34, 24, 25, 50 and 28-yards in the win. Blount's 17-yard touchdown pass to Jack Berman to start the third quarter broke a 9-all tie. After the teams traded punts, Zerrick Cooper threw a 40-yard completion to Jamari Hester to put the ball at the Colonels' 10-yard line. On the next play, Cooper threw a 10-yard score to KJ Stephenson to tie it at 16 apiece. Eastern Kentucky (7-5, 5-3 Ohio Valley Conference) took the lead for good when Alonzo Booth crashed in from a yard out with 3:47 left in the third. Daryl McCleskey Jr. had 110 yards rushing on 24 carries for the Colonels. Jacksonville State's (6-6, 3-5) Cooper threw all three of his touchdowns to Stephenson. Cooper threw for 311 yards on 21-of-35 completions with Hester catching nine passes for 186 yards. Cooper also had 44 yards rushing on 17 carries. - AP College Football

(DS#30 K) rSr/2020 K Samuel HayworthEastern Kentucky
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