CHARLESTON — With the 2020 football season slowly creeping up, preseason conference previews and rankings are being released by media outlets. Two Eastern Illinois players were recently named to the preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference team by HERO Sports during its conference preview.
Isaiah Hill and Dytarious Johnson were both honored as preseason All-OVC selections.
Hill was named to the preseason team at the all-purpose position. Last season Hill was named to the OVC All-Newcomer Team as he led the Panthers in receptions (57), receiving yards (569) and touchdown receptions (4). Hill ranked 31st in the FCS in receptions per game. During the season he caught 15 passes at UT Martin, which tied for fourth most in a single game in EIU school history. Hill also served as the Panthers primary kick returner, averaging 18.8 yards per return, and punt returner.
Johnson was named to the preseason team at the linebacker position. Last season Johnson was named a second team All-OVC performer after leading the Panthers with 67 tackles. He added a team-high 13.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Johnson was responsible for four forced fumbles, with one resulting in a defensive touchdown, while recovering two fumbles and picking off one pass. Johnson ended the season ranked seventh on the EIU career tackles for loss list.
PHOTOS: A look back at EIU football
Eastern quarterback Tony Romo
Coach Bob Spoo watches his team run drills
Safety James Dorsey signs an autograph
Jake Christensen and Bodie Reeder
Linemen during drills
Jabarey McDavid runs some of his 41 yards
Panther defense has a Price
Autographs signed by EIU football players
D.J Walker will be playing for EIU
Eastern football players received championship rings
Former EIU star Ray Fisher
Lightning and rain hit O'Brien Stadium
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