College football notes: Georgetown great Damron to direct EKU offense

Dane Damron has been promoted to offensive coordinator for the Eastern Kentucky football team, head coach Dean Hood announced Thursday.

Damron, a native of Grayson, became a household name to football fans in Central Kentucky when he led Georgetown College to the NAIA Division II national championship in 1991 and was twice named an NAIA All-American at quarterback.

He began his college coaching career in 1995 as a graduate assistant under Roy Kidd. He was later an assistant coach at Morehead State, head coach at Boyd County High School and head coach at Kentucky Christian University before returning to EKU in 2009 as special teams coordinator. Damron replaces Mike Springston, EKU's offensive coordinator the past three seasons.

Tide lineman found dead

Alabama offensive lineman Aaron Douglas, a junior college transfer and onetime Tennessee starter, was found dead on the second floor balcony of a home in Fernandina Beach, Fla., after attending a party, according to police.

Witnesses said Douglas, 21, was taking a taxi to Jacksonville after dinner with friends, Fernandina police chief James T. Hurley said in a statement.

The statement said two females apparently invited him to a party while he was in the cab, and he arrived between 11 and 11:30 p.m. He was seen at the residence as late as 2 a.m. before the male resident and others discovered him "apparently dead" on the balcony Thursday morning, Hurley said. The medical examiner's office is investigating the cause of death.

Two more Hogs leave team

Arkansas offensive lineman Cam Feldt and linebacker Austin Moss have been granted releases from their scholarships, the school said Thursday. Their departures are the fourth and fifth for the Razorbacks this week. A spokesman has declined to say whether the players asked to be released or were dismissed from the team. The others were receiver Lance Ray, kicker Eddie Camara and tight end Ryan Calender.

UK recruit honored

Highlands quarterback Patrick Towles, who has committed to play football at Kentucky, is among four high school players from the state nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The annual East vs. West matchup, televised live by NBC, is scheduled for Jan. 7. Kentucky's four seniors-to-be were among 440 nominees nationwide. Ninety will be selected to play.

Joining Towles were Dixie Heights quarterback Zeke Pike (Auburn commitment), Lawrence County offensive lineman Tyler Combs (Marshall) and Central running back Anthony Wales, who reportedly has received scholarship offers from several schools, including UK, Louisville and Western Kentucky.