Eakins, Farmer Tabbed To Don Hansen Super Region Four Team

Photo taken by Aaron McPherson
Photo taken by Aaron McPherson

BROOKFIELD, Ill. – Ohio Dominican senior Billy Eakins (Pickerington, Ohio) and redshirt junior Demetrius Farmer (Dover, Ohio) were named to the 2016 Don Hansen Super Region Four Team.

Eakins was one of two cornerbacks named to the first team, and Farmer was one of a trio of defensive tackles selected to the second team.

On Monday, Eakins was named the defensive MVP of the Dream Bowl, an all-star game featuring top players from FCS, Division II and Division III schools. This is the second all-region award he has picked up this offseason (D2CCA), and Eakins was also voted to the First Team All-GLIAC list by the conference's coaches.

A nominee for the Cliff Harris Award as the best Division II defensive player in the country, Eakins tallied 58 tackles (35 solo) and three interceptions while also breaking up three other passes. He finished his career with 255 tackles, which is the fourth-most in ODU history, and his 14 career interceptions are a school record. He's also the school record setter in passes defended with 43. Eakins played 48 games in his career, making 46 starts.

Farmer had a breakout season last fall as he was also tabbed as a First Team All-GLIAC selection. Farmer led all GLIAC defensive linemen in tackles during the regular season, making 68 stops (13.5 TFL) with eight sacks. The sack total is the second most by an ODU player in single-season history and was the third-most in the GLIAC regular season this year, and he also ranked fifth in the conference in tackles for loss (tied for third in school history). Farmer forced two fumbles as well.

In his career, Farmer has played in 23 games, making 111 tackles (10.0 sacks) with 22.0 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.

Ohio Dominican finished the 2016 season with a 7-4 record. The Panthers have won seven or more games in six straight seasons and own a 51-17 (.750) record in that stretch, dating back to 2011.

Contact: Scott Miles