Nine Eastern Kentucky University football players earned spots on the Phil Steele 2018 All-Ohio Valley Conference Team, the publication recently announced.
Defensive lineman Aaron Patrick and defensive back Leodis Moore III were chosen first team all-conference. Running back L.J. Scott, offensive linemen Cameron Kowalewski and Justin Myles, and defensive back Cornelius Floyd picked up second team honors. Running back Daryl McCleskey, tight end Dan Paul and defensive back Ben Bascom were named to Phil Steele’s All-OVC third team.
The Colonels finished the season with a 7-4 record and went 5-2 in OVC play. Eastern just missed out on earning its 22nd playoff appearance.
Patrick, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound redshirt junior, played in all 11 games and finished with 53 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks and 15 quarterback hurries. The Dayton, Ohio native finished second in the conference in sacks (0.68/game) and tied for seventh in tackles for a loss (1.09/game).
Moore, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound redshirt junior, had 48 tackles, six tackles for a loss, 0.5 sacks, five interceptions, five pass break-ups, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. The Indianapolis, Indiana native led the OVC, and ranked ninth in the nation, with 0.45 interceptions per game. He tied for sixth with 0.91 passes defended per game. Moore was chosen as the OVC Defensive Player of the Week twice this past season, including after intercepting two passes and returning one 35 yards for a touchdown at Austin Peay.
Scott, a 6-foot, 217-pound redshirt senior, led the Colonels and ranked third in the OVC with 780 rushing yards. He scored eight rushing touchdowns and averaged 5.2 yards per carry, ranking second and fifth in the league respectively in those categories. The Marion, Ohio native was chosen as the Madness Ohio Valley Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 86 yards and scoring two touchdowns in the Colonels’ season-opening win. He had a career-best 151 yards in a victory over Eastern Illinois.
Kowalewski, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound redshirt senior from Dallas, Georgia, started all 11 games at left tackle this season. Myles, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound redshirt senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, started all 11 games at right tackle, stretching his streak to 22 straight starts overall. The duo anchored an offensive line that allowed the Colonels to average 204 rushing yards per game, which ranked second in the conference and 26th in the nation. Kowalewski and Myles helped EKU total 2,246 rushing yards, its highest total since 2014.
Floyd, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound redshirt senior, finished the season with 51 tackles, four interceptions, six pass break-ups and one fumble recovery. The Miami, Florida native was third in the OVC with 0.4 interceptions per game and fourth in the league with 1.00 passes defended per game. He also ranked 15th in the nation in interceptions per game. Floyd was chosen as the Madness Ohio Valley Defensive Player of the Week after he had an interception, six tackles and two pass break-ups against Eastern Illinois. He intercepted two passes against Southeast Missouri, becoming the first Colonel since 2014 to pick off two passes in a game.
McCleskey, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound junior, was second on the team with 651 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. The Dayton, Ohio native was fifth in the OVC in rushing yards and fifth in rushing yards per game (59.2). McCleskey had 168 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns in a near upset of FBS Bowling Green. He was the first Colonel to rush for 150 or more yards in a game since Nov. 15, 2014.
Paul, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound redshirt senior, caught 20 passes for 216 yards with a team-best five touchdowns. The Naples, Florida native averaged 10.8 yards per catch.
Bascom, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound redshirt junior, started all 11 games at safety. He was third on the team with 66 tackles, including four tackles for a loss, had two interceptions, totaled six pass break-ups and two forced fumbles. He had 11 tackles in back-to-back games against FBS teams Marshall and Bowling Green.
The Eastern Kentucky University football program features the “Best Tradition In FCS Football”, having won two national championships, 21 conference titles and made 21 playoff appearances. No other FCS team has won at least two FCS national titles and 20 or more conference championships. EKU has had 66 All-America selections and 33 NFL draft picks.
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