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EKU picked third in Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll; Jacksonville State tabbed as favorite

Media members from around the Ohio Valley Conference have picked the Eastern Kentucky University football team to finish third in the preseason poll.

EKU accumulated 99 points in the media poll. Jacksonville State is the preseason favorite after receiving all 15 first-place votes and a total of 135 points. Southeast Missouri was picked second with 115 points.

Austin Peay (84) was picked fourth, followed by Tennessee State (75) in fifth. Tennessee-Martin (58) was sixth and Murray State (55) seventh.  Eastern Illinois (38) and Tennessee Tech (16) rounded out the poll at eighth and ninth, respectively.

Eastern Kentucky finished 7-4 overall last season and placed third in the OVC with a 5-2 mark. (EKU photo)

In addition, the pollsters tabbed Jacksonville State junior quarterback Zerrick Cooper the preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Southeast Missouri senior linebacker Zach Hall as the preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

EKU finished 7-4 overall last season 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 also beat Southeast Missouri last year, 23-14.

EKU is ranked 24th in the preseason HERO Sports Top 25, and 25th in the Lindy’s Sports preseason Top 25.

The pollsters for the 2019 OVC media poll included: Bob Belvin, ESPN Clarksville; Mike Bradd, Eastern Illinois Radio; Neal Bradley, Murray State Radio; Craig Haley, STATS; Sam Herder, HERO Sports; Edward Marlowe, Paducah Sun; Brian McLaughlin, HERO Sports; Mike Organ, Tennessean; Mike Parris, Jacksonville State Radio Network; Brian Rives, Governors Sports Network; Greg Stotelmyer, Eastern Kentucky Sports Network; Van Stokes, ESPN Clarksville; Kevin Taylor, The Gadsden Times; Kevin Weaks, Union City Messenger.

2019 Ohio Valley Conference preseason media poll

1. Jacksonville State (15 first-place votes) – 135 points
2. Southeast Missouri – 115
3. Eastern Kentucky – 99
4. Austin Peay – 84
5. Tennessee State – 75
6. UT Martin – 58
7. Murray State – 55
8. Eastern Illinois – 38
9. Tennessee Tech – 16

From Eastern Kentucky University and the Ohio Valley Conference

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