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EKU's Mobley named OVC Offensive Player of the Year

EKU's Dy'Shawn Mobley (7) broke away for a touchdown on the Colonels' opening drive at Roy Kidd Stadium in Richmond. Mobley finished with 123 yards on only six touches. The Colonels outgained Morehead State 353-60 on the ground.
EKU's Dy'Shawn Mobley (7) broke away for a touchdown on the Colonels' opening drive at Roy Kidd Stadium in Richmond. Mobley finished with 123 yards on only six touches. The Colonels outgained Morehead State 353-60 on the ground.

Eastern Kentucky University running back Dy'Shawn Mobley was named Offensive Player of the Year in the Ohio Valley Conference on Tuesday.

Mobley, a transfer from the University of Kentucky, also was named to the league's All-Newcomer Team.

Mobley headlined a list of six EKU players to earn all-conference honors.

The Colonels (9-3 overall, 6-2 OVC) play host to Indiana State on Saturday in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Mobley, a junior, ranks fifth in the FCS in rushing touchdowns (19) and 11th in rushing yards (1,395).

A finalist for the Walter Payton Award, Mobley tied the OVC record for touchdowns in a game when he scored six in a victory over Murray State.

Mobley is the 11th Eastern Kentucky player to be named OVC Offensive Player of the Year and first since quarterback Allan Holland in 2007.

Joining Mobley on the All-OVC First Team were EKU junior offensive tackle Brett Eyckmans. Junior guard Trey Shelton was named to the Second Team with senior linebacker Tyrelle Johnson, senior defensive back Brandon Stanley and senior place-kicker Andrew Lloyd.

Two Murray State players were honored. Senior Pokey Harris was named the First Team return specialist. Senior wide receiver Janawski Davis made the Second Team.

League champion Jacksonville State dominated the voting, conducted by the league's coaches and sports information directors.

John Grass, in his first season at JSU, was named OVC Coach of the Year. The Gamecocks (10-1, 8-0) also had the top defensive player (Devaunte Sigler) and top freshman (Justin Lea).

Jacksonville State placed eight players on the First Team, six on the Second Team and four on the All-Newcomer Team.

Another former UK player, quarterback Jalen Whitlow of Eastern Illinois, was named to the Second Team.

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