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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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Opponents of Morehead State football became well aware of the dominance of defensive end Vaughn Taylor, Jr., in 2019. After all, he led the Pioneer League in tackles for loss and sacks. His name is now recognized nationally as Taylor, Jr. was tabbed to the FCS Preseason All-America Team by College Sports Journal.

A native of Washington, D.C., who transferred to MSU from Kansas, he tackled foes in the backfield 18 times in 2019, a figure which ranks second among the program's best defenders. His sack total reflected 5.5 quarterback takedowns.

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Morehead State football bestowed its 2019 postseason awards on seven individuals recently.

The awards include the Phil Simms Offensive MVP (Issiah Aguero), Dave Haverdick Defensive MVP (Vaughn Taylor, Jr.), John Christopher Special Teams MVP (Andrew Foster), Appel Academic Award (Cam Marriott), Mike Gottfried C3 Award (DJ Niculescu) and the Offensive (Mykah Williams) and Defensive (Isaac Armstrong) Scout Team Players of the Year.

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Five Morehead State football student-athletes have been named to Phil Steele's 2019 postseason all-Pioneer League Teams.

Junior defensive lineman Vaughn Taylor Jr., and sophomore return man Ian Holder were first-team picks (both players also made the first-team in the PFL's own postseason lists). Junior wide receiver Landon Hurst and senior offensive lineman Josh Poe earned second team nods, while junior Andrew Foster made the third team as a punter.

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In less than ideal weather conditions, Morehead State football came up just short in its 2019 season finale Saturday. The Eagles rallied from a 21-6 deficit but saw a couple of late Stetson drives be successful as the Eagles fell 31-16 at Jayne Stadium.

Morehead State concludes the season at 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the Pioneer League, while Stetson finished at 7-4 and 4-4.

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Morehead State football junior linebacker/defensive lineman Cameron Barrett has been named to the District II Academic All-District squad as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Barrett, from Dayton, Ky., possesses a 3.77 cumulative grade point average in marketing and has been a member of the PFL Academic Honor Roll.

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In a contest that featured 1,037 total offensive yards combined by Morehead State and Dayton, the Eagle football team came up on the short end of a 49-35 contest to the Flyers at Jayne Stadium.

A 28-point first quarter by the Flyers was just too much to overcome by the Eagles, who fell to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the PFL. The Eagles finished with 509 yards of offense, the third game this season over the 500-yard plateau. But, a 268-yard rushing effort by the Flyers' Jake Chisolm catapulted his team to the road win.

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After putting forth his best effort in an Eagle uniform, Morehead State football's Vaughn Taylor, Jr. has garnered Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week honors.

The honor marks the third of Taylor's career, making him the most honored defender in the Eagle's PFL tenure (2001-present) and the first to win the honor in back-to-back weeks.

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Quarterback Mark Pappas threw for a career-high 300 yards and three touchdowns and defensive end Vaughn Taylor recorded 3.5 tackles, including a sack and a half as the Morehead State football team outlasted Butler 31-20 for a Homecoming victory at Jayne Stadium Saturday.

MSU, now 4-3 and 2-1 in the Pioneer Football League, posted its first 2-1 league start since the 2015 season. The Bulldogs slipped to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the conference after winning the previous two years' matchups with the Eagles.

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Morehead State football alum Jake Sutherland saw his name in the public eye this week as he was selected by the New York Guardians in the 2019 XFL Draft.

The revival of the XFL will see eight teams play a 10-game schedule beginning in February.

Other teams include the Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, Los Angeles Wildcats, Seattle Dragons, DC Defenders, St. Louis Battlehawks and Tampa Bay Vipers.

The New York Guardians will play their home games at Met Life Stadium and be coached by former New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

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Despite falling behind early in the fourth quarter, Morehead State football scored two touchdowns in a 48-second span with less than three minutes remaining to defeat Jacksonville 30-22 at D.B. Milne Field Saturday.

The Eagles, who ended an 11-game losing skid to the Dolphins, improved to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the PFL.

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For Morehead State football's Kyle Goss, winning games this fall is especially important. But it's not quite as crucial as the win he earned this past offseason.

The Eagles' redshirt junior long snapper's scoreboard reads like this: Kyle Goss 1, Cancer 0!

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Despite outscoring Davidson 21-0 in the fourth quarter, the Morehead State Football team dropped its opening Pioneer Football League game of 2019 with a 42-31 setback against the Wildcats on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

Davidson, now 3-1 overall and 1-0 in PFL play, used an offensive outburst of 212 yards on the ground and 190 yards through the air on its way to a 35-7 halftime lead. On the other side of the football, the visitor defense allowed just 350 yards total and kept the Eagles from finding their rhythm in both the run and pass game on offense.

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The Morehead State football team fell 59-7 to Murray State on the road Saturday night.

The Eagles slipped to 2-2, while Murray State evened its mark to the same record. It was the first meeting between the two former Ohio Valley Conference rivals since 1995.

A quintet of turnovers hampered the Eagles' offensive efforts as they weren't able to collect any defensive turnovers either.

The Eagles are now off next weekend before returning to action at home to open Pioneer Football League play against Davidson on Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. ET.

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After falling behind 14-0 early in the first quarter, the Morehead State Football team ran away with a 73-34 victory over nearby foe Kentucky Christian thanks to a huge second-half effort on Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

MSU outscored the Knights 42-6 in the second half after taking a narrow 31-28 lead into halftime. Morehead State is now 2-1, starting with that mark for the first time since 2009.

Running backs Issiah Aguero and Jovan Smith eclipsed the century mark in yardage as the Eagles racked up 283 rushing yards.

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Morehead State junior defensive end Vaughn Taylor, Jr., and sophomore quarterback Mark Pappas have been honored for their week one play by the Pioneer Football League. Taylor is the league's Defensive Player of the Week, while Pappas garnered the first Offensive Player of the Week award for 2019.

Taylor, Jr., the native of Washington, D.C., wreaked havoc on the Union (Ky.) offense to tune of 3.5 tackles for loss. Included in that was a sack. He also broke up a pass and had a quarterback hurry in the Eagles' 44-7 victory.

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Morehead State sophomore quarterback Mark Pappas tossed for 236 yards and three scores in his first-career start as he helped power the Eagles to a 44-7 victory over Union (Ky.) on a picture-perfect Thursday evening at Jayne Stadium.

Morehead State opens its 2019 campaign at 1-0 while the Bulldogs fall to 0-1. The Eagles will return to the gridiron on Sept. 7, when they travel to #13 Illinois State for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Hancock Stadium.

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A quintet of Morehead State football student-athletes have been named to Phil Steele's 2019 Preseason All-Pioneer League Teams.

Senior offensive lineman Josh Poe is a first-team pick, while junior kicker Andrew Foster and sophomore return man Ian Holder are on the second team. Senior offensive lineman Cam Bailey and junior defensive lineman Vaughn Taylor, Jr., are third-team selections.

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With the opening of fall camp set to begin this week, the Morehead State football program has added 23 freshmen for its upcoming 2019 season. In addition to the freshmen newcomers, there are nine transfers planning to join the 2019 roster, giving the Eagles 32 new players.

Of the 32 additions, there are 20 offensive players, 11 defensive players, and one kicker.

On the offensive side, the Eagles inked players at wide receiver, tight end, slot receiver, offensive line, quarterback and running back.

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Morehead State senior offensive lineman Josh Poe has been selected as a member of the official 2019 Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team.

Poe, a 6-4 lineman who has played guard and tackle, was a mainstay on the front line last season, starting all 11 games. He was named Honorable Mention All-PFL.

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With six home games on the schedule, Morehead State football fans can secure the best value by purchasing season tickets for Jayne Stadium.

Morehead State has led the Pioneer Football League in attendance for five consecutive seasons.

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Morehead State football has landed four players on the 2019 Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame All-Commonwealth Team.

The Eagles' honorees are senior offensive linemen Josh Poe and Cameron Bailey, along with senior linebacker Beau Griego and senior defensive lineman Jeremiah Draper.

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Morehead State football put the finishing touches on spring ball Saturday with an energetic game, highlighted by a pick six and a few electric plays with the offense too.

Starting four weeks ago, head coach Rob Tenyer's squad held 14 workouts before putting everything together for the spring game on a cold day at Jayne Stadium.

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Morehead State's football program will open its spring schedule of practices on Monday. The Eagles are slated for 14 workouts before the spring game on Saturday, April 20 at 6 p.m. ET.

Nearly 70 players are expected to take part in spring drills, vying for positions on the depth chart heading into the fall 2019 schedule.

On the offensive side of the ball, a plethora of linemen return, including three who will be in their fifth year in the program come fall. The Eagles will be looking for a new starting quarterback with Lawson Page exhausting his eligibility last fall.

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The Morehead State football program has selected its 2018 postseason award winners, with seven individuals earning the top honors for the season.

Awards presented included the Phil Simms Offensive MVP (Lawson Page), Dave Haverdick Defensive MVP (Sayyid Kanu), John Christopher Special Teams MVP (Nathan Sames), Appel Academic Award (Kyle Gilbert), Mike Gottfried C3 Award (Beau Griego), Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year (Matt Guilfoil) and Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year (Demetrius Dillard).

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Morehead State football was represented by eight student-athletes on the 2018 All-Pioneer League teams.

Senior wide receiver Jarin Higginbotham was named to the second-team, while senior defensive lineman Jamil Butler, freshman return specialist Ian Holder, sophomore punter Andrew Foster, senior offensive lineman Kris Jones, senior defensive back Sayyid Kanu and redshirt junior offensive linemen Josh Poe and Ben Price were on the honorable mention list.

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Morehead State football was unable to be efficient on third down opportunities, and despite holding the ball on offense for 10 more minutes than Drake, the Eagles fell 43-6 to the Bulldogs in the 2018 season finale at Jayne Stadium Saturday.

The Eagles were 7-of-19 on third downs and converted only one of five fourth-down chances.

"It was kind of the story of the season again today, we didn't take advantage of our chances," said head coach Rob Tenyer. "We put ourselves in way too many third down situations and didn't convert enough."

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Morehead State football piled up 472 total offensive yards, but a 2-for-14 day on third down chances hurt the Eagles Saturday at Stetson as the Hatters pulled away for a 48-24 defeat of MSU at Spec Martin Stadium.

MSU fell to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the PFL.