WCIA — Eastern Illinois football is picked to finish 4th in the Ohio Valley Conference this season, according to an official poll released during the league’s media day Monday in Nashville, Tenn. Defending champion Jacksonville State takes the top spot, followed by Austin Peay and UT Martin.
“Well I’m excited about our season,” Eastern Illinois head coach Kim Dameron said. “We’ve changed quite a bit, we’ve got some new faces not only on the team but on the staff and so I was excited about how the spring went and we’re looking forward with great anticipation to the fall.”
Three EIU players were selected to the Preseason All-OVC Team, running back Isaiah Johnson, receiver Alexander Hollins and defensing back Mark Williams.
EIU is coming off a 6-5 season, the second straight year the Panthers missed the FCS playoffs.