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EKU trio named preseason All-OVC; Colonels begin season Sept. 3 against Western Carolina


Three Eastern Kentucky University football players have been chosen to the preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team by the coaches and communications directors.

EKU running back Alonzo Booth and a pair of offensive linemen – Tucker Schroeder and Graham Ashkettle — earned spots on the Preseason All-OVC Team.

Booth finished the 2019 season with 673 rushing yards on 140 carries (4.8 yards per carry) and scored 14 touchdowns on the ground. He led the OVC and ranked 16th in the nation in rushing touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 250-pound redshirt junior rushed for 128 yards on seven carries and scored three touchdowns against Valparaiso.

Booth earned second-team All-OVC honors from the coaches and communications directors last season. He was also chosen to the 2019 Academic All-District Team.

Schroeder, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound redshirt junior, was a second-team All-OVC selection by coaches and communications directors in 2019. He started all 12 games at left guard and ended the season having started 23 straight contests.

Ashkettle, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound redshirt junior from Crestwood, was a second-team Academic All-American. He earned second-team All-OVC recognition from coaches and communications directors a year ago. Ashkettle started 10 times at right tackle.

The two offensive linemen helped the Colonels rush for 2,468 yards in 2019, the second-most in the past 17 seasons by an Eastern Kentucky team. The Colonels led the OVC and ranked 20th in FCS football with 205.5 rushing yards per game.

During the final six games of the season, the offensive line allowed only three sacks. Both players started the game against Tennessee State and aided a running attack that churned out 379 yards, averaging nine yards per rush.

EKU opens the season at home against Western Carolina on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.

Click here for entire preseason All-OVC Team.

From Eastern Kentucky University

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