Three EKU Football players chosen to Preseason All-OVC Team

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

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (EKU Athletics) – Three Eastern Kentucky University’s football players were chosen to the Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team, the league announced today from its headquarters in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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

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Booth, a 6-foot-1, 250-pound redshirt junior, finished the 2019 season with 673 rushing yards on 140 carries (4.8 yards per carry) and scored 14 touchdowns on the ground.  The Columbus, Ohio native earned second team All-OVC honors from the coaches and communications directors, and Phil Steele.  Booth was also chosen to the 2019 Academic All-District® Team.  He led the OVC and ranked 16th in the nation in rushing touchdowns.  He rushed for 128 yards on seven carries and scored three touchdowns against Valparaiso.

Schroeder, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound redshirt junior from St. Cloud, Florida, received honorable mention for the HERO Sports FCS Sophomore All-America Team and 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, Kentucky, was a second team Academic All-America® this past season.  He earned second team All-OVC recognition by coaches and communications directors, and Phil Steele.  Ashkettle appeared in 10 games, starting 10 times at right tackle.

The two offensive linemen helped EKU 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.  Over 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.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com