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Eagles Prepping For Season Opener

Story By: Jeff Alan

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/29/2014

The Ashland University Eagles will open their 2014 football season next Saturday September 6th, at home against Lake Erie at Jack Miller Stadium at 7pm. As the Eagles and coach Lee Owens (71-39 at AU) get ready for the opener they've got two big horses to tote the football. For 2014, senior Anthony Taylor returns at running back who led the Eagles in rushing with 1,691 yards gaining 311 yards against Lake Erie last season to go along with 14 touchdowns. Career wise he has 3,279 yards and needs 665 yards to become the programs all-time leading ground gainer.

Also back to share the load at running back is Jordan McCune. The Bellville senior was limited to just one game in 2013, going down with an injury in the opener against Indianapolis after he had picked up 76 yards on 11 carries. In 2011 and 2012 McCune was an honorable mention GLIAC pick and has run for a combined 1,838 yards with 26 touchdowns.

Where they have experience at running back, the Eagles will be going with a red shirt freshman at quarterback in Travis Tarnowski. Tarnowski came out of the AU spring game as a backup to projected starter Tra'Von Chapman, but when Chapman left school over the summer Tarnowski became the starter, a job he has held through summer camp. At Broadview Heights High School Tarnowski threw for 5,986 yards with 56 touchdowns. His backup is Coldwater, Ohio sophomore Austin Bruns who started AU's first four games and played in five contests as a true freshman in 2013, before going down with a shoulder injury going 34-53 for 295 yards and a touchdown.

As coach Lee Owens begins his 11th season he may have one his best defenses he has had since arriving at AU in 2004. Back from injury is senior linebacker Cody Bloom who only saw action in one game in 2013 getting 13 tackles against Wayne State. In 2012, Bloom was named honorable All- American and has 255 career tackles at Ashland.

The secondary also returns senior Eric Schwieterman. The Norwalk St.Paul product was an All- GLIAC honorable mention pick in 2013 with 57 tackles and four interceptions. Schwieterman has nine career picks. The defense will also be aided by the return of defensive coordinator Tim Rose who missed nearly the entire 2013 season due to illness. The Eagles who finished at 5-5 last season have been picked to finish third in the GLIAC South Division.

   
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