RICHMOND, Ky. — Eastern Kentucky University defensive lineman Aaron Patrick earned a spot on the Phil Steele Preseason All-America team, the publication announced today. The redshirt senior was a first team selection.
Patrick was chosen to the HERO Sports 2019 FCS Preseason All-America Team earlier this summer and to the STATS Preseason All-America Team in July. He is also on 2019 STATS Buck Buchanan Award watch list for national defensive player of the year.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end was a first team All-Ohio Valley Conference pick by coaches and communications directors and first team All-OVC by Phil Steele last season. Patrick ranked second in the OVC with 0.68 sacks per game. He finished the season with 53 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries and one pass break-up.
Patrick had 2.5 sacks in the season-opener against Morehead State (Aug. 30). He had a sack in a near upset of FBS Bowling Green (Sept. 15). The Dayton, Ohio native had 1.5 sacks against Eastern Illinois (Oct. 27) and posted a sack with six tackles in the season-finale at Tennessee Tech (Nov. 17).
EKU ended the 2018 season with four straight wins and was in the conversation for a playoff spot. Eastern Kentucky finished 7-4 overall and third in the OVC with a 5-2 mark. The Colonels will begin the 2019 season having won 10 of their last 16 games.
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