EKU Football hosting open practices


RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University’s football team reported to campus today will have its first preseason practice on Thursday.

Changes to NCAA rules has allowed teams to begin preseason practice a week earlier than in the past.  Teams are no longer to have two-a-day practices.

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The Colonels will hold 18 practices over a 25-day period.  All practices are scheduled to be held at Roy Kidd Stadium and are open to the public.  Those who attend are asked to sit in the stadium seats.

Scrimmages are scheduled for August 5, August 12 and August 19.

EKU will have 105 players in camp, the most allowed by NCAA rules.

The Eastern Kentucky University football program has won two national championships, 21 conference titles and has made 21 playoff appearances.  No other Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team has won at least two FCS national titles and 20 or more conference championships.

The Colonels will open their 2017 season at Western Kentucky on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. ET.  Eastern’s first home game is slated for Sept. 23 against Tennessee Tech.  For season ticket information, contact the EKU Athletics Ticket Office at 844-3-GOBIGE.


Preseason Camp Schedule

(Note: dates and times are subject to change)

Practice 1          Thursday          July 27              2:30 p.m.

Practice 2          Friday               July 28              2:30 p.m.

Practice 3          Saturday            July 29              3:45 p.m.

Practice 4          Sunday              July 30              3:45 p.m.

Monday                        July 31              OFF

Practice 5          Tuesday                        August 1           2:30 p.m.

Wednesday       August 2           OFF

Practice 6          Thursday          August 3           2:30 p.m.

Friday               August 4           OFF

Practice 7          Saturday            August 5           3:45 p.m.           (Scrimmage)

Practice 8          Sunday              August 6           3:45 p.m.

Monday                        August 7           OFF

Practice 9          Tuesday                        August 8           2:30 p.m.

Wednesday       August 9           OFF

Practice 10         Thursday          August 10         2:30 p.m.

Friday               August 11         OFF

Practice 11         Saturday            August 12         3:45 p.m.           (Scrimmage)

Practice 12         Sunday              August 13         3:45 p.m.

Practice 13         Monday            August 14         3:45 p.m.

Practice 14         Tuesday                        August 15         3:45 p.m.

Wednesday       August 16         OFF

Practice 15         Thursday          August 17         3:45 p.m.

Practice 16         Friday               August 18         3:45 p.m.

Practice 17         Saturday            August 19         3:45 p.m.           (Scrimmage)

Practice 18         Sunday              August 20         3:45 p.m.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com