Eastern Illinois football’s standout season culminates in ten players being honored with Big South-OVC All-Conference awards. Coach Chris Wilkerson grabs Coach of the Year, and RB MJ Flowers earns Offensive Freshman of the Year. QB Zevi Eckhaus receives Offensive Player of the Year while Tennessee State’s Terrell Allen bags the Defensive Player title. UT Martin’s Aidan Laros is named Special Teams Player of the Year. Gardner-Webb’s William McRainey clinches Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Panthers’ impressive 8-3 record and a 4-0 non-conference run reflect the team’s turnaround under Wilkerson’s guidance.