BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eighteen Eastern Kentucky University student-athletes were awarded an Ohio Valley Conference Medal of Honor and 113 Colonel student-athletes were named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the 2013-14 academic year, the league office announced on Thursday.
Medals of Honor are awarded to the student-athletes that earn the highest grade point averages (GPA) in each conference-sponsored sport. This past year, all of the honorees achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA.
To be listed on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the recipients must have posted at least a 3.25 GPA.
The following EKU student-athletes were awarded with Medals of Honor: Ben Fisher (baseball), Una Britton (women’s cross country / track and field), Ann Eason (women’s cross country / track and field), Ashley Svec (women’s cross country / track and field), Tyler Horn (football), JJ Jude (football), Taylor Speaks (football), Ichiro Vance (football), Nicki Henry (women’s golf), Rachel Welker (women’s golf), Nikki Donnelly (soccer), Sarah Franklin (soccer), Nichelle Ryan (soccer), Whitney Wallace (soccer), Hayley Flynn (softball), Amandine Faouzi (women’s tennis), Saioa Oscoz (women’s tennis) and Alexandra Szarabajko (women’s track and field).
Two former Colonels in NFL training camps: NFL training camps are now in full swing and two former Eastern Kentucky University football players are looking to secure spots on the final rosters – Aaron Adams and Patrick Ford.
Adams was an offensive lineman for the Colonels from 2009-12. A two-time first team All-OVC performer as well as 2012 All-American, Adams helped the Colonels rank second in the OVC and 20th nationally in rushing yards per game (205.8 ypg) as a senior. Adams spent last season on the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad and is one of six offensive tackles on the Packers’ training camp roster this summer.
Ford was also an EKU offensive lineman from 2009-12. The native of Richmond, Kentucky was a three-year starter on the EKU offensive line, serving as both a guard and tackle in his time with the Colonels. Ford twice earned All-OVC honors including first team accolades following his junior campaign in 2011. This is Ford’s second year participating in training camp with the New York Jets.
The Eastern Kentucky football team’s regular-season schedule will begin with a Thursday night road game at Robert Morris on Aug. 28. EKU’s home opener is slated for Sept. 13 against in-state rival Morehead State.