Eastern Kentucky University redshirt senior defensive lineman Aaron Patrick was chosen to the HERO Sports 2019 FCS Preseason All-America Team, the organization announced on Thursday.

Patrick was a second team selection.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end was a First-Team All-Ohio Valley Conference pick by coaches and communications directors and First-Team All-OVC selection by Phil Steele last season. Patrick ranked second in the OVC with 0.68 sacks per game. He finished the season with 53 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries and one pass break-up.

Patrick had 2.5 sacks in the season-opener against Morehead State (Aug. 30). He had a sack in a near upset of FBS Bowling Green (Sept. 15). The Dayton, Ohio native had 1.5 sacks against Eastern Illinois (Oct. 27) and posted a sack with six tackles in the season-finale at Tennessee Tech (Nov. 17).

Patrick was a preseason third team All-American by HERO Sports last season.

EKU ended the 2018 season with four-straight wins.

and was in the conversation for a playoff spot. EKU finished 7-4 overall and third in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 5-2 mark. The Colonels will begin the 2019 season having won 10 of their last 16 games.

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