Week 2: Eastern Kentucky Colonels

Eastern Kentucky returns 14 starters from last year's squad and despite the Colonels 0-2 record, don't expect the Wolfpack to take them lightly as they could easily be 2-0.

Location: Richmond, Ky.
Enrollment: 15,733
Nickname: Colonels
School Colors: Maroon & White
Stadium: Roy Kidd
Conference: OVC

Head Coach:
Danny Hope
Record at EKU: 13-10 (2 years)
2004 Record: 6-5 (6-2)
2005 Record: 0-2 (0-0)
2004 Bowl: None
Starters Returning: 14 (8 offense, 6 defense)
2005 Ranking: N/A

"This team is a lot better than the Division I-A teams we've played in the past. This is a football team that talentwise, schedule-wise and coaching-wise could be a BCS bound type team." -- EKU Head Coach Danny Hope on facing NC State

Eastern Kentucky Scouting Report

Danny Hope is building a strong program at his alma mater, and eight offensive starters return for the Colonels who came up a game short of the conference title in 2004.

Leading the way offensively will be quarterback Josh Greco, tailback Mark Dunn, and explosive wide receiver Andre Ralston.

QB Josh Greco (EKU Athletics)
Greco is coming off back-to-back career performances. After finishing with 266 passing yards in the season opener against Appalachian State, Greco tallied career highs in completions (24), yardage (273) and touchdowns (3) at #7 Western Kentucky. For his performance, he was named OVC Offensive Player of the Week.

Dunn is a workhorse for the Colonels, as he is averaging 26 carries and 110 yards per game through the first two contests. He's quick, strong, and one of the top running backs in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Ralston will be looking to record his third consecutive 100-yard receiving game this weekend at NCSU. The senior tallied a game-high 106 receiving yards at WKU and has notched eight 100-yard receiving games in his career.

Ralston isn't the only top target of Greco, as tight end Patrick Bugg leads the team in touchdown catches with two. Bugg has 11 receptions for 109 yards, and both of his TD catches came in last week's loss to Western Kentucky.

RB Mark Dunn (EKU Athletics)

The defensive leader for the Colonels is senior linebacker Jerome Jones, a preaseason first-team All-American. Jones was outstanding against WKU, as he finished with 14 tackles, two off his career high.

"Jerome had an outstanding year in 2004, and he's very deserving of this preseason recognition," said head coach Danny Hope prior to the season. "He has been a great player for us during his three years as a Colonel, and we're expecting even better things this season."

Also performing well for the Eastern Kentucky defense are defensive end Cardius Dowell and strong safety Carl Hayden, two players who came into the season with high expectations.

Dowell, a 6-foot-1, 260-pound defensive end has recorded nine tackles and two quarterback pressures. He also has two sacks, leading the team in the category.

Hayden, a redshirt senior, has totaled 17 tackles, two quarterback pressures, and the team's only interception of the season. He's the leader of the Eastern Kentucky secondary and considered to be one of the hardest hitters on the team.

Eastern Kentucky Game Notes

No Road Magic: EKU has lost its last six road non-conference games dating back to Nov. 2, 2002, when the Colonels dispatched of Liberty in overtime, 35-28.

Against The ACC: The Colonels have never faced an ACC school.

OVC Offensive Player of the Week: Sophomore QB Josh Greco notched career highs in completions (24), yardage (273) and touchdowns (3) at #7 Western Kentucky on Sept. 10 to earn OVC POTW honors. For the game, the quarterback completed 24-of-34 passes without an interception for a 70.6 completion percentage. Greco stepped up his play in the second half as he helped the Colonels convert 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) third-down attempts while tossing two touchdown passes.

In the National Rankings: Senior WR Andre Ralston ranks among the top 10 in Division I-AA in receptions per game (8.0 - 6th), receiving yards per game (129.0 - 8th) and all-purpose yardage (188.5 - 5th).

Defense Steps Up: After allowing #7 Western Kentucky to score on three of its first four possessions, the Colonel defense stiffened and allowed just six points the rest of the way on Sept. 10. Also, the EKU defense forced its first two turnovers of the year and came away with three sacks in the effort. Leading the way for Eastern was senior LB Jerome Jones with a game-best 14 tackles and one tackle for loss.

Costly Turnovers: Eastern Kentucky controlled the clock (38:04 to 21:56) and outgained Appalachian State (455 to 334 yards) in week one of the 2005 campaign, but four costly turnovers spelled disaster for the Colonels. The first two turnovers led directly to 14 ASU points. On the other hand, EKU was unable to force a Mountaineer turnover.

Preseason Accolades: Senior linebacker Jerome Jones earned preseason All-America honors by The Sports Network. Jones led the Colonels and ranked third in the conference with 113 tackles last fall. Joining Jones on the preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team was junior tight end Patrick Bugg and sophomore offensive lineman Sean Dumford.

More Prognostications: The Colonels were picked second in the preseason Ohio Valley Conference poll as selected by the league's coaches and media relations directors … EKU, which received one first-place vote, was picked immediately behind two-time defending champion Jacksonville State.

Astonishing Run: By capturing six of its final eight contests in 2004, Eastern Kentucky earned the program's 27th consecutive winning season. The Colonels have posted double-digit wins during nine of those seasons. EKU, which has competed in the IAA playoffs a nation's best 17 times, has not had a losing season since 1972, but went 5-5 in 1977.

Looking Ahead: Eastern Kentucky returns home and opens conference play against Tennessee Tech on Sept. 24. The Colonels own 45 victories over TTU in the long series history. EKU has only defeated Morehead State more times -- 48.

Carolina Boys: Eastern Kentucky has three players on its roster from North Carolina including starting punter Benton Kuszmaul (Smithfield, N.C.) while NC State does not have any players hailing from Kentucky. Kuszmaul's father, Craig, played on NC State's basketball team that captured the 1974 NCAA Championship.

Eastern Kentucky Two-Deep Depth Chart



    QUARTERBACK 15 Josh Greco (6-2, 200, r-So.) 14 Zach Denton (5-11, 190, r.-Fr.)

    TAILBACK 28 Mark Dunn (6-0, 200, So.) 46 Markeith Gillis (6-1, 265, So.)

    X RECEIVER 81 Andre Ralston (5-11, 180, r-Sr.) 80 Quinton Williams (6-1, 215, So.)

    A RECEIVER 11 Kyle Barber (5-10, 180, So.) 84 Matt Schoborg (6-0, 201, r-Jr.)

    Z RECEIVER 7 Andre Green (6-1, 202, r-Sr.) 1 Lewon Lurry (5-11, 190, Jr.)

    LEFT TACKLE 66 Jose Matthews (6-6, 290, r-Jr.) 77 Derek Hardman (6-5, 250, Fr.)

    LEFT GUARD 73 Kayland Denson (6-2, 330, r-Jr.) 78 Mike Brooks (6-5, 280, r-So.)

    CENTER 61 Will Heineman (6-2, 305, r-Sr.) 75 Shawn Dedden (6-0, 265, r-Fr.)

    RIGHT GUARD 57 Lance Petro (6-4, 310, r-Sr.) 78 Mike Brooks (6-5, 280, r-So.)

    RIGHT TACKLE 56 Sean Dumford (6-5, 295, r-So.) 71 Rashaud Mungro (6-4, 290, r-Fr.)

    TIGHT END 4 Patrick Bugg (6-5, 215, r-Jr.) 89 Kyle Cutsail (6-4, 250, r-Fr.)

    *FULLBACK (for 2-back sets) 34 Wes Wolfe (6-0, 225, r.-So.) 23 Josh Turner (6-3, 242, Fr.)


    LEFT END 94 Steven Cassell (6-2, 245, r-Jr.) 99 George Anderson (6-1, 240, r-So.)

    LEFT TACKLE 90 Bakahri Thornton (6-3, 282, r-So.) 95 Tory Miller (6-1, 300, So.)

    RIGHT TACKLE 70 Mark Cristiani (5-11, 275, Jr.) 92 Marcus Pearson (6-1, 273, So.)

    RIGHT END 25 Cardius Dowell (6-1, 260, r-So.) 45 Chris Coy (6-2, 255, r-Fr.)

    SAM LINEBACKER 16 Jerome Jones (6-2, 220, Sr.) 47 Justin Grundy (6-2, 231, r-Jr.)

    MIKE LINEBACKER 44 Brandon Rosser (6-1, 238, Jr.) 27 Travis Hart (5-9, 216, Fr.)

    WILL LINEBACKER 13 Marcus Mayes (5-11, 205, r-Jr.) 24 Justin Curry (5-11, 210, r-So.)

    LEFT CORNER 6 Derrick Huff (5-11, 175, So.) 9 Jamis Gaines (5-10, 185, Jr.)

    FREE SAFETY 20 Victor Nichols (6-1, 195, r-Jr.) 26 Brandon Gathof (6-2, 205, r-Fr.)

    STRONG SAFETY 5 Carl Hayden (5-11, 180, r-Sr.) 10 Justin Glotzbach (5-11, 200, Sr.)

    RIGHT CORNER 2 Tremayne Perkins (5-9, 183, r-Sr.) 17 Antwaun Molden (6-1, 193, Jr.)


    PLACEKICKER 35 Taylor Long (5-10, 180, Fr.) 41 Benton Kuszmaul (6-2, 190, r-So.)

    PUNTER 41 Benton Kuszmaul (6-2, 190, r-So.) 35 Taylor Long (5-10, 180, Fr.)

    SNAPPER 37 Brad Willoughby (5-11, 190, Fr.) 3 Adam Ellis (6-2, 233, Sr.)

    HOLDER 14 Zach Denton (5-11, 190, r-Fr.) 10 Justin Glotzbach (5-11, 200, Sr.)

    KICK RETURN 81 Andre Ralston (5-11, 180, r-Sr.) 11 Kyle Barber (5-10, 180, So.)

    PUNT RETURN 2 Tremayne Perkins (5-9, 183, r-Sr.) 81 Andre Ralston (5-11, 180, r-Sr.)

    EKU Depth Chart for NC State Game

    Pronunciation Guide

    Kurt Beathard................ BETH-urd

    Cody Deti ......................... DEE-tie

    Detrick Belvin ................ DEE-trick

    John Brumbach ........... BRUM-baah

    Steven Cassell ............... kah-SELL

    Mark Cristiani ..... CHRIS-tee-AN-ee

    Kyle Cutsail ................... CUT-selld

    Cardius Dowell ............ CAR-dee-us

    Brandon Gathof ................ GAT-off

    Justin Glotzbach .......GLOTCH-bahk

    Josh Greco ................... GRECK-oh

    Will Heineman ........... HI-nah-man

    Klay Koester .................... Coaster

    Benton Kuszmaul ......... KOOZ-mall

    Lewon Lurry ................... LEE-wan

    Andre Ralston ...............RAHL-ston

    Nick Samar ................... Sa-MARH

    Matt Schoborg ............SHOW-borg

    Bakahri Thornton ........bah-CAR-ee

    Kody Tuupo ..................... TWO-po

    Ryan Viana .................. Vee-AH-na

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