Eastern Kentucky University quarterback Parker McKinney earned honorable mention recognition for National Freshman of the Week from STATS on Monday. 

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The Coalfield, Tennessee native helped the Colonels to a 37-6 win at Tennessee Tech on Saturday, in just his third collegiate game and second-ever start.

EKU concluded its season with a 7-4 record and just missed out on the program’s 22nd playoff appearance.

McKinney finished 31-of-42 for 333 yards and threw two touchdown passes without an interception.  He also gave Eastern the lead for good with a second quarter, 3-yard touchdown run. 

On the scoring run, McKinney rolled to the right, tucked the ball, broke a tackle and reached the corner of the end zone.

The Colonels put the game away early in the third quarter.  McKinney capped off a 5-play drive with a fourth down, 8-yard pass to Daryl McCleskey Jr.  He hit Dan Paul from 11 yards out for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

McKinney’s 333 yards were the most by an EKU quarterback since Bennie Coney threw for 365 yards at Tennessee State on Oct. 15, 2016.

— www.EKUSports.com —

Kevin Britton

Assistant Athletics Director for Communications & Branding

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