The Daily Eastern News

Eastern begins OVC title defense against Austin Peay

The Eastern football offensive lines up against University of Minnesota on Aug. 28 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. with Jalen Whitlow at quarterback.

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

September 19, 2014

The time to grow up and execute has arrived for the Eastern football team. Ohio Valley Conference play begins against Austin Peay at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at O’Brien Field – coach Kim Dameron said the Panthers’ transition period is over. “The time is now,” Dameron said. “We’ve had three...

Charleston native brings consistency to receivers

Charleston native brings consistency to receivers

Anthony Catezone, Managing Editor

September 18, 2014

Even in practice, Eastern wide receiver Adam Drake brings consistent big-play ability. On Tuesday coach Kim Dameron instilled a new practice routine, which pitted the Eastern offense vs. the Eastern defense. Each team competed in drills such as inside run, seven-on-seven and fast ball. By the...

Dameron scouts Governors’ defense, offense

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

September 18, 2014

Eastern running back Shepard Little missed the Panthers’ Tuesday practice and head coach Kim Dameron said the red-shirt junior’s status for Saturday’s game is still unknown. “He’s getting better – he didn’t practice, but we’ll see,” Dameron said. “Right now we don’t have an idea...

Eastern drops out of top-25

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

September 16, 2014

For the first time since Nov. 12, 2012, the Eastern football team is not ranked in the top-25 in either of the major FCS polls after falling to 0-3 with its 34-15 loss to Illinois State Saturday. For the second straight week the Panthers’ opponent has jumped into the top-25 of at least one poll....

Austin Peay brings young team to O’Brien Field

Redshirt senior running back Jimmy Lera carries the ball at practice Tuesday on O'Brien Field. The Panthers take on Austin Peay at 1:30 p.m. at O'Brien Field.

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

September 16, 2014

Kirby Cannon is in his second year coaching the Austin Peay football team and after a 0-14 record to begin his tenure he is not sugar coating anything. “We’re going to suffer for a while, but I think what is positive about Austin Peay is that we’re going to get better,” Cannon said. The...

Eastern rushes for a season-high despite Little’s absence

Red-shirt junior running back Shepard Little runs the ball up the field during the Panthers' home opener on Sept. 6 at O'Brien Field.  The Panthers lost to the Salukis 38-21.  After playing Illinois State on Saturday, the Panthers lost to the Redbirds 34-15 at Hancock Stadium in Normal, Ill.

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

September 15, 2014

The Eastern football team rushed for a season-high 180 yards in its loss against Illinois State despite not having Shepard Little for most of the game. After a three-yard gain on the Panthers’ fifth offensive play of the game, Little came off the ground and headed toward the sideline limping. The...

Turnovers, penalties continue to hurt Eastern football

MacKenzie Freund | The Daily Eastern News 
Red-shirt senior quarterback Andrew Manley surveys the field, as senior left tackle Adolphus Barnes tries to block an Illinois State defensive end. Manley made his first start of the year Saturday and finished 9-of-15 for 55 yards, while throwing an interception in the first half.

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

September 14, 2014

The Eastern football team played a different opponent in a different stadium, but the Panthers had to deal with the same problems — turnovers and penalties. For the third straight game the Panthers’ offense outgained their opponent, but with five turnovers and 11 penalties Eastern lost to Illinois...

Eastern falls in FCS polls

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

September 9, 2014

The Eastern football team dropped in both major FCS polls, following its 38-21 loss Saturday at O’Brien Field. Entering its home opener ranked No. 14 and 16 in the Coaches Poll and Sports Network Poll, respectively, the Panthers tumbled to No. 24 and 25, respectively. Southern Illinois-Carbondale...

Dameron seeks consistency

Red-shirt junior running back Shepard Little is forced out of bounce by two Southern Illinois-Carbondale players during the Panthers' home opener on Saturday at O'Brien Field.  The Panthers lost to the Salukis 38-21.

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

September 9, 2014

Eastern football coach Kim Dameron has seen a lack of consistency through the Panthers’ first two games. The Panthers’ offense and defense have displayed some positive glimpses against Minnesota and Southern Illinois-Carbondale, but both facets of the team have not come together. “There’s...

Dameron searching for more playmakers this season

Jason Howell | The Daily Eastern News
Red-shirt senior wide receiver Adam Drake finds an open route during the Panthers' home opener against Southern Illinois-Carbondale on Saturday at O'Brien Field.  The Panthers lost to the Salukis 38-21.

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

September 8, 2014

Red-shirt senior Adam Drake leads the Eastern football team in receptions with 20 through the first two games of the season, but head coach Kim Dameron is looking for more receivers to step up. After debuting against Minnesota with 11 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown, Drake led the Panthers Saturday...

EIU v SIUC

September 8, 2014

Dameron underwhelmed by tackling performance

Jason Howell | The Daily Eastern News
Senior runningback Malcolm Agnew avoids the tackle by Eastern's defense in Eastern football's home opener on Saturday at O'Brien Field.  The Panthers lost to the Salukis 38-21.

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

September 7, 2014

Saturday’s 38-21 loss for the Eastern football team had two different stories. In the first half, Southern Illinois-Carbondale got out to a 14-7 lead, but the Panthers’ offense drove down the field scoring on two long drives to take a 21-14 halftime lead. The game changed in the third quarter,...

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