Category: Football

Homecoming Preview: EKU vs Jacksonville State

EASTERN: EKU football did not give themselves a break on homecoming week, bringing in a Jacksonville State rival who has always given the Colonels problems. The Colonels offense has put up good numbers this year, and currently ranks number one in the conference in total offense, but Jacksonville State is the number one pass and rushing defense in the conference by a long shot. EKU is currently 5-3 in OVC play, which puts them fourth in the conference. A win over Jacksonville State would not only help climb the standings, but give the team hope for a playoff run....

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Northington focused on his final season at EKU

Sunday through Saturday, Kiante Northington is focused on football. When Northington is not lifting weights, he is in the film room; when he is not in the film room, he is watching other tams compete; and when he is not doing any of these things, he is on the field—ready to pounce on the opposing team’s running backs, wide receivers or quarterbacks.

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2016 Maroon and White Game Watch List

Bennie Coney, R-Senior, QB Since transferring from the University of Cincinnati, Bennie Coney has become a key offensive player for Eastern with outstanding performances against FBS school University of Kentucky and FCS rival Murray State. In 2015, Coney was named to the watch list for FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy. Look for Coney to mature in his senior year and win the starting quarterback position for the third consecutive year.   Ethan Thomas, Sophomore, RB After injuries plagued the depth chart last year, running back Ethan Thomas averaged 55.3 yards per game and earned a spot on the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference All-Newcomer Team. The 5-foot-11, 210 pound sophomore will be aggressive in his pursuit for a starting position. Watch for Thomas’ ability to physically overtake a defender’s weak tackle and gain more yardage on each run.     Devin Borders, R-Senior, WR A frequent target for quarterback Bennie Conley, Borders leads wide receivers in receptions and is second on the team in yards. A 6-foot-6, 220 pound receiver from Florida, Borders also holds OVC records for seven career blocked field goals and twelve career blocked kicks. Borders is a monster on the field and a guaranteed play-maker for the 2016 spring game.       Lucas Williams, R-Junior, K Eastern is often known for producing great place-kickers, and redshirt-junior Lucas Williams has proved to be one of...

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Jets a good fit for EKU’s Spence

At the end of his 2015 season, Eastern defensive end Noah Spence was considered a top-10 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The AP FCS All-American wowed analysts with his talents on the field–and his persistence off the field. However, Colonel fans should not bet money on hearing NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell announce Spence’s name in the first 30 minutes, but instead wait patiently for the Jets pick at 20. After a lifetime ban from the Big Ten Conference due to failed drug tests, Spence chose to forgo the NFL Draft to show scouts, and himself, that he could overcome his addiction to ecstasy and graduate as the best version of himself possible. His transfer to Eastern immediately improved the team, as he recorded 13.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss, as well as the opinion of many coaches, scouts and analysts. Spence’s personal turnaround excited many scouts, and individual interviews with teams showed his dedication to walking down a straight and narrow path. However, Spence’s stock took a major hit after his lackluster 40-yard-dash performance at the NFL Combine. Spence quickly dropped to the late first or early second round in most mock drafts. While this drop may seem like a huge deal, it is not a real indication of Spence’s talent, but how well Spence meshes with each team’s defense. At 6-foot-2, 251-pounds, Spence is not ideal...

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