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AU Eagles Open Drills For 2014

Story By: Jeff Alan

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/13/2014

In 2012 the Ashland University football team finished the regular season undefeated for the first time in 40 years, winning the GLIAC title. But 2013 started 0-3 and finished at 5-5. As coach Lee Owens begins his 11th season at AU he welcomes back 50 juniors and seniors with playing experience. One position where they will be starting over at is quarterback. Like 2013, the Eagles will be going with a first year starter in sophomore Travis Tarnowski from Broadview Heights, Ohio. As camp opens, Tarnowski has a slight edge on last year's starter at the beginning of the season sophomore Austin Bruns from Coldwater, Ohio.

While the QB position might be a question running back is not. The Eagles return Anthony Taylor who ran for 1,691 yards a season ago scoring 14 touchdowns. Also back is hard nosed Jordan McCune who missed almost all of last season due to a leg injury. McCune was a big part of the Eagle offense in 2012. On defense, Ashland will miss All-American defensive tackle Jamie Meder, but should be solid at linebacker with Chris Harvey, Phil Galaska and Zach Olszewski all returning. Each had 68 tackles or better last season.

Unlike last year when the Eagles opened on the road with their first two ballgames against Indianapolis and Wayne State, Ashland U. will be at home in 2014 with Lake Erie on Saturday September 6th and Walsh the following Saturday, both games are at 7pm. The Eagles have been picked a preseason third in the GLIAC South Division behind Ohio Dominican and Findlay, who Ashland will play on the road in weeks three and four. Grand Valley State was the preseason pick to win the GLIAC North. Ashland U. will play the Lakers on the road Saturday, November 1st at 7pm.

   
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