Jan 21, 2014 11:26 AM
RICHMOND - Eastern Kentucky University football player Devin Borders was recently named to the third-annual College Sports Journal Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-Freshman team. Borders was one of just six Ohio Valley Conference players to make the 62-player list.
Borders, who was earlier named the OVC Freshman of the Year, proved to be the top wide receiver on a young Eastern Kentucky team while also making a major impact on special teams. The native of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., caught a team-best 34 passes for 509 yards and six touchdowns as a redshirt freshman. He also ranked among the top-10 in the OVC in receiving yards per game at 42.4.
Borders had his best offensive game of the season in a win at Morehead State on Sept. 21 as he hauled in nine catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught two touchdown passes, both coming in the first half, as Eastern shutout No. 23 Tennessee State on Nov. 2. But his biggest impact came on special teams where he blocked five kicks, helping EKU rank first nationally as a team in that category with nine total blocks. Borders' five blocks were the most by an FCS player this season and more than 102 FCS teams in 2013.
Borders was named to the FCS All-Freshman second team. Also making the list from the OVC were Jacksonville State's Josh Barge and Eli Jenkins, Southeast Missouri's Austin Black, Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Lowery and Tennessee State's Jessamen Dunker. Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp was named the FCS Freshman of the Year.