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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): James Sheehan, Eastern Illinois,...Sheehan was a first team All-OVC selection at tight end after earning second team All-OVC honors last season. The senior superback was a versatile player for the Panthers finishing the year with 23 catches for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Sheehan became the 33rd player in school history to pass the 1,000 yards receiving mark for his career in the Panthers final home game. He would miss four games during the season due to injury. A team captain, he moved into an unfamiliar role in the Panthers final game taking snaps at quarterback. Sheehan would complete one pass while rushing for 46 yards. - Eastern Illinois Football

(DS#26 FB) rSr/2020 FB James SheehanEastern Illinois
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB - Dytarious Johnson, Eastern Illinois,...Johnson was a second team All-OVC selection at linebacker after leading the team in tackles this season. Johnson made 67 tackles with 13.5 tackles for loss despite not playing in the final regular season game due to injury. He ranked 47th in the FCS in tackles for loss while finishing fifth in the nation with four forced fumbles. Johnson added 4.5 sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries to his season numbers. He would finish the season ranked in the EIU career top ten for tackles for loss. - Eastern Illinois Football

(DS#85 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Dytarious JohnsonEastern Illinois
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL - Terrell Greer, Eastern Illinois,...Greer was a second team All-OVC selection at defensive line after being named to the preseason All-OVC team. The senior nose tackle finished with 41 tackles to rank sixth on the team. He made nine tackles for loss with a half sack and four quarterback hurries. Greer added one blocked kick and one fumble recovery during the season. A team captain, he helped the Panthers rank 31st in the FCS in total defense. - Eastern Illinois Football

(DS#140 DT) Sr/2020 DT Terrell GreerEastern Illinois
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  2019 OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM (COACHES): LB - Jason Johnson, Eastern Illinois,...Johnson was named to the OVC All-Newcomer team as a linebacker as the freshman came on late in the season to lead EIU in tackles in three games. Johnson would finish the season third on the team in tackles making 59 tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss and one sack. He had one forced fumble on the season which the Panthers recovered and converted into an insurance touchdown during their late season win at Tennessee State. - Eastern Illinois Football

(DS#999 OLB) Jr/2023 OLB Jason JohnsonEastern Illinois
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  2019 OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM (COACHES): RB - Jaelin Benefield, Eastern Illinois,...Benefield was named to the OVC All-Newcomer team after carrying most of the load this as a running back. Benefield led the team in rushing with 402 yards and scoring with seven touchdowns. He became the first freshman to lead the Panthers in those two categories since the 2003 season. Benefield had one 100-yard rushing game during the season. He would add 39 receptions for 299 yards. - Eastern Illinois Football

(DS#999 RB) Jr/2023 RB Jaelin BenefieldEastern Illinois
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  12/23/19 - Isaiah HillrSr/2022, Eastern Illinois, 5-11, 190 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  2019 OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM (COACHES): WR - Isaiah Hill, Eastern Illinois,...Hill was named to the OVC All-Newcomer team after the redshirt sophomore led the team in receiving this season. Hill appeared in eight games after being granted an NCAA waiver to play just prior to OVC games beginning. He hauled in 57 passes for 569 yards and four touchdowns. Hill added another two touchdowns on the ground as he had a streak of six straight games with a touchdown scored during the season. He would rank 31st in the FCS in receptions per game. He had two games during the season with 13 or more catches and two games with 150 or more yards. - Eastern Illinois Football

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Isaiah HillEastern Illinois
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  Eastern Illinois' two-quarterback system is no more. Johnathan Brantley is declaring this season as a redshirt year and leaving the program, Cushing confirmed after EIU's 40-29 to Tennessee Tech on Saturday. He will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer at his next destination if he finishes his degree at EIU. - Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

(DS#82 QB) rSr/2022 QB Johnathan BrantleyEastern Illinois
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  11/18/19 - Isaiah HillrSr/2022, Eastern Illinois, 5-11, 190 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  NOV 18 OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Isaiah Hill, WR, 5-11, 190, So., Shorewood, Ill., Eastern Illinois,...Hill caught 13 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown in Eastern Illinois' game against No. 15 Southeast Missouri. He caught a 26-yard touchdown in the first quarter to put the Panthers ahead for the entire first half. His 13 touches were the second-most he had grabbed in a game this season and tied for the third-most by an OVC player this season. It marked Hill's second-game this season of at least 150 receiving yards. Hill ranks 24th nationally in receptions/game (5.9). Others Nominated: DeAngelo Wilson, Austin Peay; Daryl McCleskey, Jr., Eastern Kentucky; Andrew Knox, Tennessee State; Jaimiee Bowe, UT Martin. - Ohio Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Isaiah HillEastern Illinois
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  NOV 11 OVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Jaelin Benefield, RB, 5-10, 160, Fr., Pearland, Texas, Eastern Illinois,...Benefield accounted for 137 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns as Eastern Illinois picked up its first victory of the season, 49-38 at Tennessee State. The freshman carried the ball 14 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns (averaging 7.5 yards/carry) and caught four passes for 32 yards and another score.

Benefield scored on a 45-yard run in the first quarter to give his team an early lead. Late in the third quarter with his team trailing by 10, he caught a 19-yard touchdown pass to pull EIU within three points. In the fourth quarter he scored on a nine-yard run to put the game out of reach. Entering the game EIU had not had a 100-yard rusher all season but both Benefield and Darshon McCullough (155 yards) hit the century mark, marking the 23rd time in school history a pair of running back rushed for 100-plus yards in the same game. Others Nominated: Dayron Johnson, Tennessee State; Metrius Fleming, Tennessee Tech. - Ohio Valley Football


(DS#999 RB) Jr/2023 RB Jaelin BenefieldEastern Illinois
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  Harry Woodbery threw three touchdowns passes, Darshon McCullough rushed for 155 yards and a score and Jaelin Benefield ran for 105 yards and two TDs as Eastern Illinois scored the final 21 points to notch its first victory of the season, beating Tennessee State 49-38 on Saturday. Demarco Corbin ran 6 yards for a TD to cap a game-opening 13-play, 67-yard drive, but Tennessee State missed the extra point and led 6-0. Benefield scored on a 45-yard run to put Eastern Illinois (1-9, 1-5 Ohio Valley Conference) up 7-6. The Tigers used Cameron Rosendahl's 3-yard TD run and a 2-point conversion run by Chris Rowland to take a 14-7 lead, but McCullough scored on a 15-yard run with 41 seconds left in the first quarter to knot the score at 14.

The Tigers (2-8, 1-5) put together back-to-back TDs - scoring on Rowland's 57-yard punt return and Rosendahl's 35-yard scoring strike to Rowland - to take a 28-14 lead. Woodbery answered with a 12-yard TD toss to James Sheehan, but Rosendahl connected with Steven Newbold for a 14-yard TD and a 35-21 Tigers' lead at halftime. Eastern Illinois cut its deficit to seven on its first possession of the second half on wide receiver Isaiah Hill's 4-yard TD run. After a Tennessee State field goal, Woodbery hit Benefield for a 19-yard score to get the Panthers within 38-35 after three quarters. Woodbery connected with Sheehan for a 5-yard score to give Eastern Illinois a 42-38 lead and the Panthers' defense came up with the play of the game. Jason Johnson sacked Rosendahl, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Ellin Corneliuss Page at the Tigers' 9-yard line. Benefield scored on a first-down run to complete the scoring. - AP College Football


(DS#128 RB) Sr/2020 RB Darshon McCulloughEastern Illinois
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM (COACHES): DL - Terrell Greer, Eastern Illinois,...Last year Greer finished the season with 48 tackles including three tackles for loss and a fumble recovery as he bolstered the middle of the EIU defensive line. He is one of seven returning starters on the defensive side of the football. - Eastern Illinois Football

(DS#140 DT) Sr/2020 DT Terrell GreerEastern Illinois
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