Feb 15, 2013 2:53 PM
Three Eastern Kentucky University football players were recently named to the 2012 All-Commonwealth Collegiate team - Patrick Ford, Tyrone Goard and Robert Knowles.
The awards, which are presented by the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame, recognize the state's top players from the 2012 season. Team members will be honored on June 28 in Louisville.
Ford, a native of Richmond, Ky., was in his third year as a starter on the offensive line until he suffered a season-ending injury on Sept. 29 at UT Martin. He lined up at both guard and tackle in his time with the Colonels, but spent the majority of the 2011 and 2012 seasons at left tackle. Ford was a first team All-OVC pick in 2011 and second team selection this year.
Goard, hailing from Charleston, W.Va., was one of the top wide receivers in the Ohio Valley Conference spanning the last two years. He posted four 100-yard receiving games as a senior including a 175-yard game against UT Martin on Sept. 29. In that game, Goard finished with four receiving touchdowns which tied a program single game record. He leaves Eastern ranked among the school's top 10 in career receiving yards (1,842) and touchdown catches (24). Goard was invited to take part in the NFL Combine later this month.
Knowles stood out on a defensive line that ranked ninth nationally (FCS) in rushing defense (108.2 yards per game). Hailing from Lexington, Knowles paced the Colonels and ranked second in the league with five sacks on the way to earning first team All-OVC honors.
Eastern Kentucky is slated to return 12 of 22 starters (six on offense, six on defense) in 2013 including five all-conference players. EKU kicks off the 2013 schedule with a Thursday night home opener against Robert Morris on Aug. 29.
Eastern's spring football game is scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at Roy Kidd Stadium beginning at 4 p.m.