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EKU unveils All-Century football team

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University athletics department unveiled its All-Century Football Team at a luncheon Friday in the Moberly Building. More than 200 people attended the event, including 12 of the 24 players and the coach selected to the prestigious team.

The All-Century Football Team is made up of the following positions: running back (2), wide receiver (2), quarterback (1), tight end (1), punter (1), placekicker (1), linebacker (3), defensive back (4), defensive line (4) and offensive line (5). To earn consideration for the All-Century Team, players must have met at least one of the following criteria: first or second team All-OVC honors, enshrinement in the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame, or All-American honors. Colonel fans helped determine the All-Century Team by casting their votes on-line in late August and early September at www.EKUSports.com.

This fall, Eastern Kentucky University is celebrating ‘100 Years of Football: A Century of Excellence.’ The program, which first fielded a team in 1909, has won two NCAA Division I-AA national championships (1979 and 1982), the 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl and 20 Ohio Valley Conference titles (1954, 1962, 1967, 1968, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2007, 2008).

For more information on EKU’s 100 Years of Football, please visit http://www.ekusports.com/100yearsfb.

Below is the list of the All-Century Football Team.

Quarterback

Jim Guice (1965-68) – Quarterback – #12

All-OVC – 1966 … All-American – 1968 … led Eastern to OVC titles in 1967 and 1968, and Grantland Rice Bowl victory in 1967 … held the following career EKU records for nearly 40 years: passes attempted (720), passes competed (386), passing yards (5,041) and touchdown passes (46) … member of EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

Running Backs

Elroy Harris (1985, 1987-88) – Tailback – #34

All-OVC – 1987, 1988 … All-American – 1988 … 1988 OVC Offensive Player of the Year … drafted in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks … second all-time leading rusher at EKU (4,555 yards) … holds EKU single season records for most rushing attempts (371), rushing yards (1,998) and points scored (164) … holds the OVC single season record for most touchdowns (21)

Markus Thomas (1989-92) – Tailback – #40

All-OVC – 1989, 1992 … All-American – 1992 … OVC Offensive Player of the Year – 1991, 1992 … OVC Male Athlete of the Year – 1992-93 … played for one season for the Philadelphia Eagles … holds the EKU career records for rushing yards (5,552), rushing average (6.3) and rushing touchdowns (52) … holds the EKU single game record for most yards rushing (300) … holds OVC record for career rushing yards (5,149), TD’s (54) and points (322) … member of EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

Wide Receivers

Steve Bird (1979-82) – Wide Receiver – #21

All-OVC – 1982 … All-American – 1982 … OVC Offensive Player of the Year – 1982 … OVC Male Athlete of the Year – 1982-83 … drafted in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals … member of both EKU national championship teams … sixth all-time leading career receiver in touchdowns (18) and yardage (2,056)

Aaron Marsh (1964-67) – Wide Receiver – #81

All-OVC – 1966, 1967 … All American – 1967 … drafted in the third round of the AFL Draft by the Boston Patriots … member of the 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl champions … member of EKU Athletics Hall of Fame … holds the EKU single game records for pass receiving yardage (316) and receptions (19) … holds the EKU single season record for punt return yardage (456) and most receptions (73) … fourth all-time leading receiver in career yardage (2,246) and fourth in career receptions (147) … tied for second all-time EKU receiver in touchdown catches (24)

Tight End

Jason Dunn (1992-95) – Tight End – #96

Played 11 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs … drafted in second round of the NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles … tremendous blocker with great speed and strength … had 45 career receptions for 657 yards and 3 touchdowns at Eastern … also rushed the ball 21 times for 221 yards and one score

Offensive Linemen

Kevin Greve (1978-81) – Offensive Guard – #60

All-OVC – 1979, 1980, 1981 … All-American – 1981

Tyrone Hopson (1995-98) – Offensive Guard – #64

All-OVC – 1997, 1998 … All-American – 1998 … drafted in NFL Draft fifth round by the San Francisco 49ers … played seven years with the 49ers and Detroit Lions

John Jackson (1984-87) – Offensive Tackle – #71

All-OVC – 1986, 1987 … drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers in the 10th round of 1988 NFL Draft … played for the Steelers, Chargers and Bengals for 14 years … inducted into Kentucky’s NFL Hall of Fame this past summer … member of EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

Roosevelt Kelly (1973-76) – Center – #53

All-OVC – 1976 … All-American – 1976 … drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the ninth round of the NFL Draft

Fred Troike (1966-68) – Offensive Guard – #62

All-OVC – 1967, 1968 … All-American – 1968 … played for the 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl champion Eastern squad … member of EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

Specialists

Dale Dawson (1983-86) – Placekicker – #4

All-OVC – 1986 … All-American – 1986 … played with the Packers, the Vikings and the Eagles in the NFL … holds the EKU record for longest field goal (57 yards), EKU single season marks for most field goals (23) and most points by kicking (108), and EKU career records for most field goals made (49) and most field goals attempted (69)

Marc Collins (1992-95) – Punter – #15

All-OVC – 1994, 1995 … All-American – 1995 … holds EKU single season record for best punting average (42.3)

Defensive Line

Chad Bratzke (1990-93) – Defensive Tackle – #77

All-OVC – 1992, 1993 … All-American – 1993 … OVC Defensive Player of the Year – 1993 … second in career sacks at EKU – 27 … drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the NFL Draft … played 10 seasons in the NFL with the Giants and the Indianapolis Colts … member of EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

Wally Chambers (1969-72) – Defensive Tackle – #78

All-OVC – 1970, 1972 … All-American – 1972 … fourth all-time leading tackler at EKU with 402 tackles … drafted eighth in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears … 1973 NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year … played seven years in the NFL for the Bears and the Tampa Bay Bucs … member of EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

Aaron Jones (1984-87) – Defensive End – #98

All-OVC – 1985, 1987 … All-American – 1987 … OVC Defensive Player of the Year – 1987 … drafted 18th in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers … played nine years in the NFL for the Steelers, Patriots and Dolphins … member of EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

Joe Richard (1976-79) – Noseguard – #61

All-OVC – 1978, 1979 … came up with one of the biggest plays in Eastern football history when he blocked an extra point by Nevada-Reno in the semifinals of the 1979 playoffs that sent the game to double overtime where the Colonels won 33-30 on its way to its first national championship

Linebackers

Alex Dominguez (1979-82) – Linebacker – #46

All-OVC – 1981, 1982 … seventh all-time leading tackler at EKU with 378 hits … member of both EKU national championship teams

Fred Harvey (1983-86) – Linebacker – #44

All-OVC – 1984, 1986 … All-American – 1986 … OVC Defensive Player of the Year – 1984, 1986 … OVC Male Athlete of the Year – 1986-87 … all-time leading tackler at EKU with 503 tackles

Tony McCombs (1994-96) – Linebacker – #49

All-OVC – 1994, 1995, 1996 … All-American – 1996 … OVC Defensive Player of the Year – 1996 … drafted in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals … played two seasons for the Cardinals … fifth leading tackler at EKU with 390 hits … 10th all-time leader in sacks at EKU with 13.0

Defensive Backs

Yeremiah Bell (1999-2001) – Defensive Back – #8

All-OVC – 2000, 2001 … All-American – 2001 … OVC Defensive Player of the Year – 2001 … drafted in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins … currently in his sixth season with the Dolphins and his fourth year as a starter

Danny Copeland (1984-87) – Defensive Back – #19

All-OVC – 1986, 1987 … Academic All-American – 1987 … holds the EKU single season records for most kickoff returns (34) and most kickoff return yards (967) … drafted in the ninth round of the NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns … played two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and three years with the Washington Redskins … started at safety for the 1992 Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins

George Floyd (1978-81) – Safety – #8

All-OVC – 1980, 1981 … All-American – 1980, 1981 … OVC Defensive Player of the Year – 1980, 1981 … OVC Male Athlete of the Year – 1981-82 … drafted in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the New York Jets … played four seasons for Jets … holds the EKU career records for most interceptions (22) and most interception return yards (328) … holds the EKU record for longest interception return (100) … tied for the EKU single season record for interceptions with 10 … member of the College Football Hall of Fame … member of EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

Myron Guyton (1985-88) – Safety – #47

Drafted in the eighth round of the NFL Draft by the New York Giants … played five seasons for the New York Giants and two years with the New England Patriots … started for the 1991 Super Bowl champion New York Giants … member of the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

All-Century Team Coach

Roy Kidd (1964-2002)

Led EKU to two national championships and two national runner-up trophies … collected 315 victories at EKU, sixth all-time in NCAA Division I FBS or FCS history … led Colonels to 16 OVC titles and 17 NCAA FCS playoff appearances … two-time National Coach of the Year and 10-time OVC Coach of the Year … led EKU to 37 winning seasons among the 39 Colonel teams he coached … member of the College Football, the OVC, the Kentucky and the EKU Athletics Hall of Fames … top player in Kentucky high school play each season is given the Roy Kidd Award … OVC Coach of the Year is now named Roy Kidd OVC Coach of the Year … coached 41 players who played in the NFL, 55 All-Americans and 202 first team All-OVC selections


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