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  2023 BIG SOUTH-OVC OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: MJ Flowers, RB, R-Fr., Eastern Illinois,...Flowers, a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award, was a big part of Eastern Illinois improving from 2-9 a year ago to 8-3 this season. He carried the ball 157 times for 854 yards (5.4 yards per carry), which was second nationally among all freshmen (only three yards behind the leader) and third-most in the conference. He also scored eight rushing touchdowns, which was fourth among Big South-OVC players. Flowers added 35 receptions, which was tied for fourth on the EIU team and just outside the Top 10 overall in the Association. His 1,046 all-purpose yards on the season was also second-most nationally among all freshmen. He had a monster game in a victory at McNeese, rushing for 272 yards and adding sixth catches for 26 yards; that performance earned him National Freshman of the Week honors. He also had 201 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a victory over Tennessee State. Flowers was the only freshman nationally with a pair of 200-yard rushing games in 2023. - Big South-OVC Football Association

rFr/2027 RB MJ FlowersEastern Illinois
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  2022 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM: LS - Jack Valente, Eastern Illinois,...Valente was a second team All-OVC selection at long snapper as EIU had some of the best field goal and punt teams in the OVC. Both EIU's field goal kicker and punter earned first team All-OVC honors. The field goal team was 11-of-13 on the season and perfect on extra points. The punt team was fifth in the FCS in net punting. - Eastern Illinois Football

Jr/2025 OG Jack ValenteEastern Illinois
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  2022 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM: LT - Chad Strickland, Eastern Illinois,...Strickland was a second team All-OVC selection at offensive tackle. He started the first eight games of the season at left tackle missing the final three games of the season due to injury. - Eastern Illinois Football

Sr/2024 OG Chad StricklandEastern Illinois
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  2022 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM: PR - Cooper Willman, Eastern Illinois,...Willman was a second team All-OVC selection at punt returner as EIU ranked 24th in the FCS in punt return average. Willman had a 13.4 yards per return average with a long return of 55 yards. - Eastern Illinois Football

Jr/2025 WR Cooper WillmanEastern Illinois
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  2022 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM: KR - Mark Aitken, Eastern Illinois,...Aitken was a second team All-OVC selection at kick returner. Aitken averaged 24 yards per return for the season with a long return of 80 yards. He also scored a touchdown on special teams returning a blocked field goal 65 yards for a touchdown. - Eastern Illinois Football

rJr/2025 CB Mark AitkenEastern Illinois
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  2022 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM: NICKEL - Nick Coates, Eastern Illinois,...Coates was a second team All-OVC selection at nickel back in his first season as a starter at the position. He finished the year with 67 tackles to rank fourth on the team adding 3.5 tackles for loss and five pass break-ups. - Eastern Illinois Football

Jr/2025 CB Nick CoatesEastern Illinois
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  2022 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: OLB - Elijawah Tolbert, Eastern Illinois,...Tolbert was EIU's third leading tackler on the season finishing with 70 tackles including 6.5 tackles for loss. He was tied for the team lead with three interceptions. Tolbert was a first team selection at outside linebacker. - Eastern Illinois Football

Jr/2025 ILB Elijawah TolbertEastern Illinois
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  2022 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: K - Stone Galloway, Eastern Illinois,...Galloway was one of the top kickers in the nation finishing the season ranked second in the FCS in field goal percentage. Galloway had a string of 14 straight made field goals between 2021 and 2022 and made his first ten of the season finishing the year 11-of-12. He was named the first team selection at kicker. - Eastern Illinois Football

Sr/2024 K Stone GallowayEastern Illinois
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  2022 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: DT - Cameron Leach, Eastern Illinois,...Leach was an anchor up front for the Panthers defense finishing the season with 22 tackles including 5.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Leach was a first team selection at defensive tackle. - Eastern Illinois Football

Sr/2024 DT Cameron LeachEastern Illinois
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  NOV 21 OVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Justin Bowick, WR, 6-5, 185, Fr., Powder Spring, Ga., Eastern Illinois,...The freshman caught six passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns as Eastern Illinois nearly knocked off No. 25 ranked UT Martin, falling 34-31. He caught a 63-yard touchdown late in the first quarter to give EIU a 17-14 lead. while his 40-yard touchdown in the third quarter pulled the Panthers to within three points. Others Nominated: Lucas Maue, Murray State; Jacquez McGowan, Tennessee Tech; TJ Neal, UT Martin. - OVC Football

So/2026 WR Justin Bowick Jr.Eastern Illinois
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  Pierce Holley threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns and Georgetown ended a six-game losing streak, beating Lafayette 30-20 on Saturday. The Hoyas (2-6, 1-3 Patriot League) built a 17-0 lead and never trailed. Lafayette (2-6, 1-2), now with a three-game skid, closed to within 17-14 when Ah-Shaun Davis threw a 5-yard score to Elijah Steward to reduce the deficit to 10 with 41 seconds before halftime. Jaden Sutton crashed in from the 2 to cut it to three with 10:38 left in the third, but the Hoyas extended the margin 24-14 seven minutes later when Herman Moultrie III ran it from 3 yards out. The one-play drive was set up when Wedner Cadet picked off Davis and ran it back 26 yards to the Leopards' 3. Joshua Tomas has 139 receiving yards on 12 receptions with a touchdown for Georgetown. Davis threw for 74 yards and ran for 36 for Lafayette. - Georgetown/AP College Football

rJr/2025 QB Pierce HolleyEastern Illinois
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  OCT 17 OVC FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Alexandar Oyawale, LB, 6-0, 220, Jr., Murrieta, Calif., Eastern Illinois,...Oyawale tallied five tackles (four solo), a sack, two quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and also recovered a fumble that he returned 40 yards for a touchdown in the Panthers double overtime game with Lindenwood. He was part of a defense that forced four turnovers and had five total sacks against the Lions. Midway through the fourth quarter he scooped up a fumble and raced 40 yards for the score to put Eastern Illinois ahead 24-17. Others Nominated: David Whittemore, Lindenwood; Josh Green, Tennessee State; Seth Carlisle, Tennessee Tech. - OVC Football

Sr/2024 ILB Alexandar OyawaleEastern Illinois
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  SEPT 5 OVC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Stone Galloway, K, 5-11, 210, Jr., Collinsville, Ill., Eastern Illinois,...Galloway accounted for nine of the Panthers 27 points in the season opener against defending MAC champions Northern Illinois. Galloway connected from 34 yards at the end of the first quarter and 25 yards right before halftime to make the score 21-6. The Panthers would later cut the margin to 34-27. Galloway has now made six-straight field goals dating back to last season. He was also perfect on PATs (3-for-3) to finish with nine total point. Galloway also handled kickoff duties, averaging 62.8 yards on five kickoffs with one touchback. Others Nominated: Tyler Larco, UT Martin. - OVC Football

Sr/2024 K Stone GallowayEastern Illinois
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  SEPT 25 OVC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Elijawah Tolbert, LB, 6-1, 230, So., Country Club Hills, Ill., Eastern Illinois,...Tolbert was disruptive on defense for the Panthers and was a big part of their success in forcing five turnovers in a 35-21 win over Murray State. Tolbert had two interceptions in the win as he now leads EIU with three picks for the season. Tolbert's second interception of the game came with 3:09 remaining and EIU leading 27-21; he returned the pick 20 yards and the Panthers scored a touchdown two plays later. Tolbert's first interception of the game ended the Racers drive just before halftime. The sophomore linebacker added six tackles (3 solo) to go and three pass break-ups. Others Nominated: Bryce Norman, Southeast Missouri; Oshae Baker, UT Martin. - OVC Football

Jr/2025 ILB Elijawah TolbertEastern Illinois
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  Dom Shoffner threw for a touchdown and ran for two more scores, Kendi Young had 160 yards rushing and a TD on just eight carries and Eastern Illinois beat Murray State 35-21 Saturday night. Eastern Illinois (1-3) snapped a nine-game losing streak that began with a 22-6 loss at Murray State on Oct. 2. Shoffner was 5-of-14 passing for 74 yards - including a 2-yard touchdown pass to Justin Thomas - and added 17 carries for 88 yards. Young scored on a 36-yard run that made it 24-14 going into halftime and Eastern Illinois led the rest of the way. Jaden Stinson completed 28 of 46 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns but threw four interceptions for Murray State (0-4). - AP College Football

rSr/2023 QB Dom ShoffnerEastern Illinois
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