EKU Football announces transfer additions

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RICHMOND, Ky. (EKU Sports) – Five transfers will join the Eastern Kentucky University football program this semester, head coach Walt Wells announced today.

The group includes two wide receivers, two defensive backs and a defensive lineman. The group features two athletes from Florida, and one each from Alabama, Georgia and Virginia.

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“We’re excited about these additions for the spring semester,” Wells said. “We’re looking forward to seeing these young men in our Four Quarter Program and spring ball. They add depth at positions in which we had a need for. It’s good to get them in here for the spring so they can start learning our system, and learning how things are done here at EKU.”

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In addition to the players listed below, quarterback Elias Allen will also join the program for the spring semester. The Melbourne, Florida native signed with EKU in December.

Roy Baker – DB, 6-2, 200, R-Sr., Miami, Fla. (University at Buffalo)
“Roy has been at Buffalo for five years, and has played in championship games and bowl games,” said Wells. “He’s long, uses his hands well and plays the ball well in the air. He excelled on special teams, was a solid tackler and has the long frame we are looking for at corner.”

John Blunt, Jr. – DB, 6-1, 180, R-So., Alexandria, Va. (Western Kentucky University)
“Safeties coach Chris Franklin was involved in John’s recruitment to Western and knew a lot about him,” Wells said. “When he went into the portal, it was an easy connection for those two. John has good change of direction, plays the ball well and runs well.”

Mo Edwards Jr. – WR, 6-3, 195, R-So., Alabaster, Ala. (University of South Alabama)
“Coach Caleb Cox got on Mo early in the process,” said Wells. “He has good speed, good size, tracks the ball well and can make the contested catch.”

Keke McFadden – WR, 6-4, 215, R-So., Pahokee, Fla. (Kent State University)
“Keke is a big, long, rangy athlete,” Wells said. “Keke can catch the deep ball, has good size and the ability to come across the middle.”

TK McLendon Jr. – DL, 6-5, 270, Jr., Soperton, Ga. (LSU)
“Coach Jeremy Hawkins was involved in TK’s recruitment when he was at LSU, so we knew a lot about him” said Wells. “TK was one of the top JUCO players in the nation. He has good size. He’s a good explosive athlete. I’m looking forward to seeing him on our defensive line.”

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