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  2022 ASUN CONFERENCE CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Parker McKinney, Eastern Kentucky,...McKinney led the ASUN in every passing category while setting EKU single-season records for completions (278), attempts (402), passing yards (3,502) and passing touchdowns (28). He boasted a league-best eight 300+ yard passing performances highlighted by the ASUN's first 400-yard passing game with 427 yards in EKU's season-ending win over KSU, while also rushing for 373 yards and eight touchdowns. McKinney closed his regular-season campaign as the Colonels' career leader in total offense, passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions, and attempts. Against ASUN competition, McKinney threw 14 touchdowns against just three interceptions in leading EKU to a conference championship. The standout signal-caller currently ranks top-10 nationally in eight offensive categories and is a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as FCS Offensive Player of the Year. - ASUN Conference Football

rSr/2023 QB Parker McKinneyEastern Kentucky
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  NOV 21 ASUN CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matthew Jackson, Eastern Kentucky, Senior, Linebacker, Nashville, Tenn.,...Second Career ASUN Defensive Player of the Week award; sixth all-time honor for the Colonels...Tallied a career-high 18 tackles including 12 solo stops in win over KSU...Boasted a career-best three TFLs for -24 yards...Had one sack and also recovered a fumble...Ranks fourth in the conference in tackles (78.0) and tackles per game (7.8). Other Nominees: Ethan Caselberry, Austin Peay; David Walker, Central Arkansas; Laletia Hale, Jacksonville State. - ASUN Conference Football

rSr/2023 OLB Matthew JacksonEastern Kentucky
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  NOV 21 ASUN CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Parker McKinney, Eastern Kentucky, Junior, Quarterback, Coalfield, Tenn.,...Eighth Career ASUN Offensive Player of the Week award; marks ninth all-time selection for EKU...Threw for a career-high 427 yards going 25-for-35 in victory over Kennesaw State...Matched a school and conference single game record with five touchdown passes...Set the Colonels single-season record with 28 touchdown passes...Became first ASUN player to record a 400+ yard passing game. Other Nominees: Will McElvain, Central Arkansas; Zion Webb, Jacksonville State; Isaac Foster, Kennesaw State. - ASUN Conference Football

rSr/2023 QB Parker McKinneyEastern Kentucky
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  Parker McKinney threw for 427 yards and five touchdowns, two of them to Cornelius McCoy, and Eastern Kentucky defeated Kennesaw State 45-38 on Saturday. McKinney opened the scoring with an 80-yard TD pass to Jayden Higgins and his 65-yard touchdown pass to Braedon Sloan gave the Colonels (7-4, 3-2 Atlantic Sun) a 45-31 lead in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Jonathan Murphy scored on a 3-yard run - one of his three rushing scores in the game - to get Kennesaw State (5-6, 1-4) within seven points. After forcing a punt, the Owls reached the EKU 25-yard line on their final drive but were stopped on downs. Isaac Foster had 148 of Kennesaw State's 439 rushing yards. - Eastern Kentucky/AP College Football

rSr/2023 QB Parker McKinneyEastern Kentucky
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  OCT 31 ASUN FOOTBALL CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Parker McKinney, Eastern Kentucky, Junior, Quarterback, Coalfield, Tenn.,...Seventh Career ASUN Offensive Player of the Week award and third of the season; marks EKU's eighth all-time selection...Threw for career-high 398 yards and accounted for three touchdowns in EKU's 28-23 win at No. 15 Southeast Missouri...Completed 35 of his 42 passes for an 83.3 completion percentage, the highest of his career for any game with at least 10 attempts...Also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns on seven carries...Total of 398 yards passing set an new ASUN Conference single-game record. Other Nominees: Zion Webb, Jacksonville State; Xavier Shepherd, Kennesaw State. - ASUN Football

rSr/2023 QB Parker McKinneyEastern Kentucky
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  Parker McKinney threw three touchdown passes, Joshua Carter rushed for 112 yards and a score and Eastern Kentucky beat Central Arkansas 42-14 on Saturday night to hand the Bears their first conference loss. McKinney gave Eastern Kentucky (6-3, 2-1 Atlantic Sun Conference) a 7-0 first-quarter lead with a 17-yard scoring toss to Jayden Higgins. Central Arkansas (4-5, 3-1) answered with backup quarterback Clifton McDowell's 15-yard touchdown run to knot the score early in the second quarter.

Momentum swung the Colonels' way when John Blunt Jr. picked off a Will McElvain pass and returned it 36 yards to the Central Arkansas 2-yard line. Braedon Sloan ran it in on the next play and then scored on a 4-yard run with 38 seconds left to put EKU up 21-7 at halftime. McKinney threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Higgins and a 28-yarder to Cornelius McCoy in the second half. Carter capped the Colonels' scoring with a 10-yard run. McElvain completed just 7 of 22 passes for 94 yards with two interceptions for Central Arkansas. McDowell threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to freshman Jordan Owens in the fourth quarter. It was Owens' first collegiate catch. - Eastern Kentucky/AP College Football


rSr/2023 QB Parker McKinneyEastern Kentucky
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  Parker McKinney completed 35 of 42 passes for 398 yards and and Patrick Nations kicked two fourth-quarter field goals as Eastern Kentucky held off Southeast Missouri State, 28-23 on Saturday. McKinney scored from three yards out as time expired in the third quarter, then passed for a two-point conversion to give the Colonels a 22-16 lead. Paxton DeLaurent scored from 13-yards out to get the Redhawks within two, 25-23 with 5:17 left, but McKinney engineered a nine-play, 71-yard drive to set up Nations' 21-yard field goal with 1:23 left to set the final margin. Braedon Sloan caught six passes for 97 yards and Jayden Higgins pulled in eight for 76 yards and a touchdown for Eastern Kentucky (5-3). DeLaurent was 27 of 46 for 375 yards and a touchdown but was picked off twice for Southeast Missouri State (6-2). Ryan Flournoy caught 15 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown. - Eastern Kentucky/AP College Football

rSr/2023 QB Parker McKinneyEastern Kentucky
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  OCT 24 ASUN FOOTBALL CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Parker McKinney, Eastern Kentucky, Junior, Quarterback, Coalfield, Tenn.,...Sixth Career ASUN Offensive Player of the Week award and second of the season; marks the seventh all-time selection for Eastern Kentucky...Accounted for a career-high six touchdowns and tied EKU's single-game record with five passing touchdowns in the win over North Alabama...Completed 22-of-33 passes for 310 yards and rushed for 65 yards on six carries with a touchdown...Became the first quarterback in EKU history to throw for over 2,000 yards in back-to-back seasons...Led Colonels to a comeback victory, throwing the game-winning touchdown pass with eight seconds left to play. Other Nominees: Anwar Lewis, Jacksonville State; Xavier Shepherd, Kennesaw State. - ASUN Football

rSr/2023 QB Parker McKinneyEastern Kentucky
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  SEPT 12 FEDEX GROUND FCS NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: Eastern Kentucky (59-57, seven-OT win at Bowling Green),...The Colonels' first win over an FBS opponent since 2014 marked the most overtimes for an FCS program against a Division I opponent. Parker McKinney's third touchdown pass on the final play of the fourth quarter helped force OT, and he connected on a winning two-point pass to running back Braedon Sloan to end the seventh extra session. The ASUN squad is being led by acting head coach Garry McPeek while third-year head coach Walt Wells recovers from a recent cardiac episode. Honorable Mention: The Citadel (20-17 win over ETSU); Northern Arizona (10-3 win at Sam Houston); Weber State (35-7 win at Utah State). - STATS FCS Football

rSr/2023 QB Parker McKinneyEastern Kentucky
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  SEPT 5 ASUN FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Patrick Nations, Eastern Kentucky, Sophomore, Kicker, Walhalla, S.C.,...Seventh Career ASUN Special Teams Player of the Week award; ninth all-time selection for EKU...Went 2-for-2 on field goals connecting on kicks from 33 and 40 yards...Was a perfect 4-for-4 on PAT tries...Accounted for 10 points in the Colonels' hard-fought battle with FBS opponent Eastern Michigan...Remains perfect for his career on PATs...Other Nominees: Antoine Williams, Austin Peay; Chand Caughron, Central Arkansas; Joshua Huiett, Kennesaw State; Michael Pettway, Jacksonville State. - ASUN Conference Football

rSo/2025 K Patrick NationsEastern Kentucky
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  SEPT 18 ASUN FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jeremy Edwards, Eastern Kentucky, Freshman, Punter, Bendigo, Australia,...First Career ASUN Special Teams Player of the Week award; EKU's 10th all-time honor...Averaged 47.7 yards per punt on his three kicks in the game...Blasted a career-best 61-yard punt marking the longest punt of the season in the ASUN...Pinned Charleston Southern inside its own 20 on two of his three punts...Selection marks the second Colonel special-teamer to be honored this year...Other Nominee: Chandler Caughron, Central Arkansas. - ASUN Conference Football

Fr/2026 P Jeremy EdwardsEastern Kentucky
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  SEPT 12 ASUN FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chase Lasater, Eastern Kentucky, Senior, Linebacker, Orange Park, Fla.,...First Career ASUN Defensive Player of the Week award; fifth all-time honor for Eastern Kentucky...Led the Colonel defense with a season-high 12 tackles in 59-57 7OT win at Bowling Green...Posted six solo stops along with five assists...Notched one TFL (-3 yards) in the upset bid on the Falcons' home turf...Helped EKU defense hold Bowling Green out of the end zone in two of the Falcons' final three overtime possessions...Other Nominees: Kam Ruffin, Austin Peay; Markail Benton, Jacksonville State; Garland Benyard, Kennesaw State. - ASUN Conference Football

rSr/2023 ILB Chase LasaterEastern Kentucky
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  SEPT 5 ASUN FOOTBALL CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Parker McKinney, Eastern Kentucky, Junior, Quarterback, Coalfield, Tenn.,...Fifth Career ASUN Offensive Player of the Week award; sixth overall selection for EKU...Accounted for 400 yards of total offense and four touchdowns against FBS opponent Eastern Michigan...Passed for 351 yards, going 35-of-51 and three touchdown passes...Added 49 yards rushing on seven carries including one score...Currently leads the ASUN in completions, attempts and passing yards per game. - ASUN Conference Football

rSr/2023 QB Parker McKinneyEastern Kentucky
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  Parker McKinney threw for 331 yards and ran for three scores, Braedon Sloan scored the winning touchdown and Eastern Kentucky defeated Southern Utah 35-28 on Saturday night. Although Eastern Kentucky (3-2) never trailed, the game was tied after each Southern Utah touchdown and EKU never led by more than seven points. The final tie was at 28-all after Southern Utah's Justin Miller and Isaiah Williams connected for a 19-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. After an EKU punt and a missed field goal by Southern Utah, McKinney drove the Colonels 76 yards in seven plays for the go-ahead touchdown - a 27-yard run by Sloan with 6:13 remaining. After Sloan's touchdown, Southern Utah (3-2) drove to the EKU 22 before turning the ball over on downs. The Colonels ran out the clock. McKinney was 21 of 26 passing with one touchdown, a 34-yard pass to Sloan. On the ground, McKinney had 11 carries for 65 yards. Sloan had 20 carries for 88 yards rushing. Miller completed 21 of 29 passes for 251 yards for the Thunderbirds. - AP College Football

rSr/2023 QB Parker McKinneyEastern Kentucky
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  Parker McKinney threw for four touchdowns to tie the Eastern Kentucky career record and the Colonels welcomed back Walt Wells with a 40-17 victory Saturday night over Charleston Southern three weeks after the coach was hospitalized after a "cardiac episode" in his campus office. Wells returned to coach the Colonels on the sideline after landing in intensive care on Aug. 28 and spending several days in the hospital. He did travel to Ohio last weekend as a sideline observer and watched EKU go seven overtimes to beat Bowling Green 59-57. "It was a great test for my heart," he said at his weekly press conference on Tuesday, and added that he had a couple of broken ribs and a cracked sternum. McKinney tied TJ Pryor (2009-12) as EKU's career TD passing leader at 51 with his 5-yarder to Jyran Mitchell late in the game.

Interceptions by Josh Hayes and Eli Hairston led to 10 points in the third quarter and the Colonels (2-1) added another score after Jayden Higgins had consecutive receptions of 47 and 41 yards, the latter for a TD. Higgins had a career-high 175 yards receiving on seven catches. Jaden Smith scored EKU's first touchdown, returning a punt 56 yards then completing the drive with an 8-yard scoring catch. The Colonels led 16-0 after touchdown passes to Smith and Dakota Allen before the Buccaneers (0-3) rallied to close within 16-10 at halftime. - Eastern Kentucky/AP College Football


rSr/2023 QB Parker McKinneyEastern Kentucky
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