Eastern Kentucky Colonels Preview

The Beavers begin their 2002 campaign against the division 1-AA Eastern Kentucky Colonels on Thursday.<br><br> Karl Kuhn from the Unofficial EKU Colonels Fan Page, previews the EKU football team for us.

Record, rankings:

    Last year Eastern Kentucky finished second in Ohio Valley Conference and #14 nationally in the Sports Network's I-AA College Football Poll.

    EKU has been ranked as high as No. 2 by Street & Smith's 2002 College Football Yearbook. The Colonels are ranked 11th in the 1-AAfootball.com poll; 12th in the SportsTicker poll; and 14th in The Sports Network poll.

 


Key Players:

Offense:
        Tailback C.J. Hudson (#29), our 5-7 200-pound tailback from Frostproof (FL) High School, was second only to Emmitt Smith and Florida Gator Willie Green in career rushing on the all-time Florida rushing list. In EKU's 2001 season-opener against I-A Central Michigan Hudson ran for 189 yards with three touchdowns, it was this game that set the tone for the remainder of the season as he would finish 2001 slowed by nagging injuries, but racking up a total of 1,221 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Split End Allen Evans (#82) was the leading receiver last year.

Defense:
    Offensive Tackle: Marcus Adams (#54) is hoping to reclaim his first team All-OVC title. Adams closed the year with 42 solo tackles and 21 assists, ranking him third on the Colonels' 2001 team in total hits with 63. He also had 6 sacks. Adams was listed as the number three returning defensive tackle in 1-AA.
D. End Nick Hill (#99) finished the season with 36 solos and 11 assists, with six quarterback sacks.

 

Injuries:
    Yeremiah Bell, 1-AA All-American Linebacker last season, is out for the season after injuring himself in a pick-up basketball game.

 

The best player nobody's heard of:
    Second string tailback Terry Ennis played in 7 games last year, eclipsing 100 yards in two of them. He is capable of carrying the ball 25-30 times in one game and has improved his pass catching ability.

 

Weaknesses:
    Inexperienced defense. EKU traditionally relies on its defense to win games.

 

Strengths:
    Experienced offense. Two or three tailbacks who could star.
Biggest strength: Coach Roy Kidd will begin his 39th season at Eastern Kentucky as its head coach Thursday. He now has 307 wins at EKU, ranking him seventh on the all-time NCAA Division I wins list. His current coaching mark stands at 307-119-8, all established at EKU, his alma mater. He is the winningest active Division I-AA coach with this record and is third on the active Division I list, trailing only Penn State's Joe Paterno (325) and Florida State's Bobby Bowden (323).

    MORE KIDD DATA: Roy has led Eastern Kentucky to 16 Ohio Valley Conference championships and 17 NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances. His Colonel teams appeared in four consecutive Division I-AA national championship games, taking the national crown in 1979 and 1982 and finishing runners-up in 1980 and 1981. He has been named OVC Coach of the Year 10 times and twice has received the NCAA Division I-AA National Coach of the Year award.

 

Prediction for game:
    It will be a tough game for a 1-AA team going against one of the best 1-A teams. We can play with the lower end of 1-A, but Oregon State will be a challenge. 1-AA allows 63 scholarships. You have 85, I think.

 

Probable Starters

Oregon State
(Depth Chart | Roster)
  Eastern Kentucky
(Depth Chart | Roster)

Offense

 

Offense

84 Tim Euhus, 6-5, 247, Jr. TE 83 Antonio Brooks, 6-4, 242, Sr.
65 Doug Nienhuis, 6-6, 302, So. RT 75 Adam Green, 6-5, 300, Jr.
55 Kanan Sanchez, 6-3, 340, So. RG 77 Larry Turner, 6-3, 290, Jr.
73 Matt Brock, 6-2, 301, So. C 62 Nick Gillespie, 6-0, 279, Sr.
70 Mike Kuykendall, 6-6, 324, Sr. LG 65 Clay Guillaume, 6-0, 280, Jr.
62 Brian Kilkenny, 6-5, 285, Jr. LT 79 Michael Johnson, 6-4, 299, Sr.
10 Shawn Kitner, 6-3, 203, Sr. SE 82 Allen Evans, 5-11, 188, So.

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