Eastern linebacker Caputo honored as OVC Scholar-Athlete

JJ Bullock, Editor-In-Chief

Eastern linebacker Joe Caputo was named an OVC Scholar-Athlete Thursday by the conference, making him the first Eastern football player to ever receive what is considered to be the highest-honor given away by the conference.

Caputo earned the award thanks to his 3.89 GPA which he has accrued while double majoring in accounting and finance, also working toward minors in data analytics and supply chain management.

Caputo has solidified himself in the center of the Panthers’ defense at middle linebacker, and his leadership skills both on and off the field saw him named a team captain.

Eastern Head Coach Adam Cushing wrote in a Twitter post Thursday afternoon, “A true student-athlete. Joe is a testament to the fact that habits and preparation lead to success in all aspects of life.”

Caputo has missed three games this season because of injury, but is still second on the Panthers with 42 tackles this season. And even while injured, Caputo was incredibly vocal from the sidelines, serving almost as a coach for Eastern.

Caputo recorded a season-high nine tackles against Tennessee-Martin on Oct. 19. His career high came in 2018, also against the Skyhawks, when he recorded 13 tackles.

Eastern offensive lineman and roommate of Caputo Ben Solomon wrote on Twitter, “Joe shows excellent discipline in his studies and on the field. His future will be a great example for how far a little hard work can go! An unbelievable role model for any college athlete. I could not be more proud of my roommate and friend!”

Caputo is one of six OVC athletes to receive the award this season. He is joined by Meike Drewell (Murray State, rifle), Nick Howie (Eastern Kentucky, baseball), Alexa Potts (Morehead State, rifle), James Sappington (Murray State, football) and Kaitie Shipley (Tennessee Tech, soccer).


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