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Morehead State senior wide receiver BJ Byrd has rounded out the all-American awards season with his fifth honor. Byrd was named to the Walter Camp Foundation All-American Team.

Byrd earned All-American accolades from Hero Sports, Associated Press, Stats Perform, Phil Steele and now Walter Camp.

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Two Morehead State football student-athletes have been selected to showcase their talent at the 2022 Spiral Tropical Bowl on Jan. 15.

Wide receiver BJ Byrd will be on the National Team, led by head coach Jim Collins. Offensive lineman Michael Davis will be on the America Team, led by head mentor Todd Littlejohn.

The game, one of the premier all-star games for seniors, will be held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. A pay-per-view telecast is available. More than 350 Tropical Bowl alumni have gone on to the NFL since it's inception in 2016.

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Morehead State senior football standouts Vaughn Taylor, Jr., and BJ Byrd have each garnered their third All-American honors following the 2021 season. Both were tabbed to the Second-Team Stats Perform FCS All-American list.

Each were also on the All-American teams for the Associated Press and Hero Sports.

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Morehead State's Vaughn Taylor, Jr., BJ Byrd and Brady McKnight have all been tabbed to the Hero Sports Football Championship Subdivision All-American Teams.

Taylor, Jr., is a Second-Team defensive pick, while Byrd is on the Third-Team offensive unit. The Eagles' long snapper, McKnight, was named Freshman All-America.

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Morehead State Football now has the distinction of being the only FCS program with a 2021 candidate for the offensive, defensive and punter of the year for the subdivision.

Grad student punter Andrew Foster is one of the 10 semifinalists for the FCS Punter of the Year. He was also on the watch list and a semifinalist during the spring 2021 season.

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Morehead State senior defensive end Vaughn Taylor, Jr., truly had one of the best seasons in program history this fall. The Washington, D.C. native was recently named to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, but now as the season has concluded, he is a finalist for the award honoring the nation's best defensive FCS player.

Taylor, Jr., is one of 25 finalists. A 50-member, national media panel will select the winner, who will be announced on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas - the eve of the FCS championship game.

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After their performances in a win at Valparaiso Saturday, Morehead State senior quarterback Mark Pappas and senior linebacker Vincent Winey have earned Pioneer League Player of the Week accolades.

Pappas was named Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season, while Winey was tabbed the league's Defensive Player of the Week.

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Senior wide receiver BJ Byrd made his and more than 20 other seniors' final home game a most memorable one Saturday. Byrd set four program single season or single-game records and hauled in the game-winning touchdown with 20 seconds left as the Morehead State football team rallied in the fourth quarter to hand Stetson a 36-35 defeat at Jayne Stadium.

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In really a tale of two halves, Morehead State football battled but came up short in a Pioneer League showdown for first place with visiting Davidson Saturday.

The Wildcats took advantage of an interception and a turnover on downs in MSU territory in the fourth quarter to score twice and held on to knock off the host Eagles 29-22 on an overcast and drizzly day at Jayne Stadium.

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Mark Pappas connected with receiver Matt Guilfoil on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 1:02 left at Marist Saturday to cap a 76-yard drive, and the Morehead State defense halted the Red Foxes on their last possession as MSU won a thriller, 27-24, at Tenney Stadium.

The Eagles stayed perfect in the Pioneer League at 4-0, only the program's second-ever 4-0 start and first since 2002. It also the third win in four tried for MSU at Marist in the series.

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Powered by the first game with two 100-yard rushers since 2017, a season-high rushing total, and only 189 yards allowed by the defense, Morehead State football raced past Butler 31-8 for a Homecoming victory at Jayne Stadium Saturday.

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Senior running back Issiah Ageuro rushed for a season-high 113 yards and scored two touchdowns, while also grinding out tough yardage in the waning moments of the game to keep possession, as the Morehead State football team won a shootout at Presbyterian Saturday, 38-30.

The Eagles staked themselves to a 24-6 halftime lead and then endured the unorthodox style Presbyterian employs as the Blue Hose mounted a rally. But, the Eagles were able to hold them off to improve to 2-0 in the PFL for the first time since head coach Rob Tenyer's first year in 2013.

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Morehead State graduate student Andrew Foster has been selected this week's Pioneer Football League co-Special Teams Player of the Week.

A Knoxville, Tenn., native, Foster booted seven punts for a 47.9-yard average at No. 19 Austin Peay. He also connected on both his PAT attempts and was successful on a 35-yard field goal.

Foster leads the league and ranks sixth among all FCS level punters with a 47.1 average after three games. He is seeking to become the first punter in program history to average 40+ for the season for four consecutive seasons.

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While the Eagles didn't win Saturday at No. 19 Austin Peay, Morehead State football did put up nearly 500 total yards and battled until literally the final play in a 59-35 shootout at the Govs' Fortera Stadium.

MSU slipped to 1-2 with its second matchup against a top-20 FCS program this fall, but the Eagles recorded 481 total yards and scored five touchdowns, including a long passing score on the last play of the game.

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Following a career-best day, Morehead State senior quarterback Mark Pappas has earned the Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week nod.

From Avon Lake, Ohio, Pappas threw a career-high five touchdowns in Morehead State's 62-9 victory against Point (Ga.), Saturday. He completed 29-of-45 passes for 286 yards in 41:17 of game time and had a reception on a batted pass that he carried for four yards and a first down to keep alive a scoring drive.

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Due to CoVID-19 protocols within the Union (Ky.) program, Morehead State will not host the Bulldogs on Saturday. Instead the Eagles will host Point (Ga.) at the original kick-off time of 2 p.m. ET.

The Family Weekend game will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Point is an NAIA institution located in West Point, Ga. The Skyhawks are members of the Appalachian Division of the Mid-South Conference and are 0-1 this season after a 69-0 setback at FCS Mercer last weekend.

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Morehead State's senior punter Andrew Foster has been named once again on the preseason watch list for the Football Championship Subdivision Punter of the Year, presented by the Augusta (Ga.) Sports Council.

The Knoxville, Tenn., native is one of just 20 punters on the initial lists. He was also a finalist on the list prior to the 2020 season.

The FCS Punter of the Year Award winner will be voted on by the FCS Punter of the Year Award/Ray Guy Award Committee and will be announced after regular season play concludes.

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Thirteen Morehead State football student-athletes have been honored as Preseason All-Pioneer League picks by Phil Steele Magazine, with senior defensive end Vaughn Taylor, Jr., being tabbed as the pick for Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

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With football season just a little more than a month away, Morehead State is gearing up for what could be a very special season. With a plethora of returning talent, the Eagle program has landed six Preseason All-PFL selections, honoring five different players.

Wideout BJ Byrd earned a spot as one of the league's top wide receivers and was tabbed the best all-purpose athlete as well. Also honored on offense were quarterback Mark Pappas and lineman Cam Marriott. Defensive awards went to lineman Vaughn Taylor, Jr., and linebacker Vincent Winey.

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Micah Johnson, a standout receiver himself with NFL playing experience and 10+ years collegiate coaching on his resume, has joined the Morehead State staff as the wide receivers coach.

Johnson played three years in the NFL after a standout all-conference career at South Dakota State. He has made coaching stops at Quincy (Ill.), Minnesota-Morris, Case Western Reserve (Ohio) and Grinnell (Iowa), as well as two state titles at the high school level.

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Having a solid year on the football field and a solid career in the classroom can indeed earn one a prestigious honor.

Morehead State senior linebacker Cameron Barrett is one of just 54 student-athletes who have earned spots on the 2021 Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team. He is one of only five selected among the 54 from the Pioneer Football League.

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Before the 2020 football season, moved to the spring of 2021 this year due to COVID-19, the official poll in voting on how teams would finish in the Pioneer League had the Morehead State Eagles last - seventh place.

One of the program's core slogans is: Toughness. Effort. Discipline. No Excuses. Finish. Now more than ever, that slogan rang true as the Eagles far exceeded what many told them they could accomplish. MSU finished 4-3, including 4-2 in the PFL, finishing in a tie for second place and came within literal points of winning a championship.

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After a record-setting performance in the season finale against Butler, Morehead State football senior linebacker Vincent Winey has been named Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week, while teammate BJ Byrd has been tabbed as the league's co-Special Teams Player of the Week.

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Led by a school single-game record 23 total tackles from senior linebacker Vincent Winey, plus three touchdowns from senior wide receiver BJ Byrd, Morehead State football closed the 2021 spring season on a high note with a 28-18 victory over Butler at Jayne Stadium.

The Eagles finished the Pioneer League slate 4-2 and coupled with San Diego's loss to Valparaiso, MSU finished in a tie for second place. That was the highest finish since 2015. MSU also closed the campaign with a winning record at 4-3 and finished with a perfect home record (3-0) for the first time since 1949.

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A day after intercepting two passes to help Morehead State football win its PFL game 28-24 over Valparaiso, junior cornerback Brandon Barbee has been tabbed as the league's co-Defensive Player of the Week.

An Orlando, Fla., native Barbee put MSU on top by two scores with 2:54 left in the first quarter when he picked off a pass at the Valpo 47-yard line ad weaved his way through all 11 Valpo players to the end zone for the Eagles' second "pick six" in as many games.

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Junior quarterback Mark Pappas threw for a career-high 382 yards and two scores and rushed for a third, while the Morehead State defense intercepted four passes and returned one 75 yards for a TD as the Eagles claimed a 35-14 road victory at Butler Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles improved to 2-3 overall and evened their Pioneer League mark at 2-2, while the Bulldogs fell to 0-4 with the same PFL scorecard.

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Trailing 31-3 at new PFL foe Presbyterian Saturday, the Morehead State football team kicked in a different gear. But a second-half rally came up short as the Eagles fell 31-16 to the Blue Hose at Bailey Memorial Stadium in both team's conference opener.

The Eagles got behind 24-3 at the half, but a pair of touchdown connections by junior quarterback Mark Pappas gave the visitors some life. A 50-yard strike to senior transfer receiver BJ Byrd and a 15-yard scoring toss to sophomore slot man Matt Guilfoil, his first career touchdown, accounted for the Eagles' second-half points.

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Morehead State Athletics mourns the passing of former Eagle football student-athlete and later head coach Cole Proctor. Proctor passed away at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, this weekend.

Proctor was a member of the 1966 Ohio Valley Conference championship team and later returned to his alma mater to lead the Eagle program from 1990-93. After retiring from coaching Proctor was a longtime NFL scout for the Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans.

Arrangements are not complete yet but will be sent out once they are.

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The program's all-time tackle leader, a former Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and an individual who mentored a two-time first-team all-conference performer describe the resumes of Morehead State's three newest football defensive coaches.

Dan Gooch (outside linebackers), Andrew Soucy (defensive line) and DJ White (cornerbacks) have joined head coach Rob Tenyer's staff.

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Seven Morehead State football student-athletes have garnered spots on Phil Steele's Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Teams.

Senior defensive lineman Vaughn Taylor, Jr., senior wide receiver Landon Hurst, junior linebacker Justin Benvie, junior return man Ian Holder and senior punter/kicker Andrew Foster all earned first-team nods. Holder has the unique distinction of being on all three teams. He was on the first-team as kick returner, second-team as punt returner and third-team as all-purpose athlete. Foster was first-team as punter and second-team as a kicker.

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