RICHMOND – Media members from across the Ohio Valley Conference picked Eastern Kentucky University to finish second in the league this season and recognized senior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley as the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
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The Colonels earned 113 points, one more than third place pick Eastern Illinois (112). EKU was the only team to receive a first-place vote other than preseason favorite Jacksonville State (134). The Gamecocks were picked first on 14 of 15 ballots.
Mobley, a preseason All-American by STATS and one of 22 players from across the nation on the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List, was the OVC Offensive Player of the Year last season and a finalist for the Walter Payton Award.
He helped the Colonels to a 9-4 record by rushing for 1,491 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns. The Powell, Tennessee native ranked sixth in the nation in touchdowns, 12th in yards and 14th in yards per game (114.7).
Tennessee-Martin (83) was picked by media members to place fourth in the OVC this season. Southeast Missouri (59) and Tennessee State (57) were fifth and sixth respectively. Tennessee Tech (54), Murray State (46) and Austin Peay (17) rounded out the poll in seventh, eighth and ninth.
2015 Media OVC Preseason Football
Predicted Order of Finish
1. Jacksonville State (14 first-place votes) – 134 points
2. Eastern Kentucky (1) – 113
3. Eastern Illinois – 112
4. UT Martin – 83
5. Southeast Missouri – 59
6. Tennessee State – 57
7. Tennessee Tech – 54
8. Murray State – 46
9. Austin Peay – 17
2015 Media OVC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Dy’Shawn Mobley (RB), Eastern Kentucky
2015 Media OVC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Devaunte Sigler (DL), Jacksonville State