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August 24, 2012

OVC FOOTBALL: Hope excited to face EKU

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MADISON COUNTY — NH: You were the head coach at EKU for five years. What were some of your favorite memories of that time?

DH: A lot of things. One of the big things was bonding with the members of the Worn Cleat Club, the former players. With the intimate fan base we have at EKU, I made a lot of friends who are really strong fans. Guys like Bill Berge, who just passed away, and Big Frank. Just great people and friends who were really close to the program. The guys we refer to as The Real Colonels.

DH: I was really proud of the work we got down and the progress we made with the program. We put our heart and soul into it. All the great academic progress we made and returning the program to the playoffs.

DH: There were some signature wins. The win against Western Kentucky (in 2006). That was the fifth-largest crowd in the history of the school. It had been a long time since the fans stormed the field. That was a big day for our program. That re-energized our program a lot.

DH: The whole experience was a dream come true.

NH: Give me a quick scouting report on this year’s Colonels.

DH: EKU has a lot of good players. They have a very good offensive line, a very strong line. They have a big tight end. He’s a big target. They’ve got big wide receivers who are good players and have great potential. They’ve got an All-American running back (Matt Denham) coming back that had more than 1,500 yards last year. They’ve got one of the top punters in the nation (Jordan Berry). He’s got a cannon for a leg. The defense has a lot of speed. They have the potential to bring a lot of pressure and do a lot of things up front if they want. I think they have an outstanding football team, talent-wise and experience-wise.

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