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EKU football standouts McCleskey Jr., Patrick and Moore chosen to All-OVC preseason team


Three Eastern Kentucky University football players have been chosen to the All-Ohio Valley Conference preseason team.

Running back Daryl McCleskey Jr., defensive end Aaron Patrick and defensive back Leodis Moore III earned spots on the preseason team, which was selected by OVC head coaches and communications directors.

McCleskey was a third team All-OVC pick by Phil Steele after the 2018 season. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior was second on the team with 651 rushing yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. He also scored five rushing touchdowns.

(Left to right): EKU’s Daryl McCleskey Jr., defensive end Aaron Patrick and defensive back Leodis Moore III have been selected to the All-OVC preseason team.

In addition, McCleskey caught 12 passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns. The Dayton, Ohio, native was fifth in the OVC in rushing yards and fifth in rushing yards per game (59.2).

Patrick was chosen to the HERO Sports 2019 FCS Preseason All-America Team earlier this summer. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound senior was a first team All-OVC pick by coaches and communications directors and first team All-OVC by Phil Steele last season.

Patrick ranked second in the OVC with 0.68 sacks per game. He finished the season with 53 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries and one pass break-up.

Moore earned first team All-OVC recognition by coaches and communications directors last season. He was also a first team All-OVC pick by Phil Steele. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound senior finished with 48 tackles, six tackles for a loss, 0.5 sacks, five interceptions, five pass break-ups, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick.

Moore led the OVC and ranked ninth in the nation with 0.5 interceptions per game. The Indianapolis native earned OVC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice and also received honorable mention for STATS National Defensive Player of the Week once.

EKU, which is picked third in the OVC preseason poll, finished 7-4 overall last year and placed third in the OVC with a 5-2 mark. The Colonels ended last year with four straight wins and were in the conversation for a playoff spot.

EKU begins the season Aug. 29 with a 7 p.m. home game against Valparaiso. The Colonels then visit the University of Louisville on Sept. 7 for a showdown against the Cardinals at 7 p.m.

From Eastern Kentucky University


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