Bobcats chasing BGSU in MAC East

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HUNTINGTON – Ohio University’s football crew become expected via the media for a runner-up finish in the Mid-American Conference East Department.

Bowling Green changed into picked to be first in the East Division, accompanied intently in vote casting by means of the Bobcats.

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Ohio changed into 8-five (5-three MAC) in 2015 and misplaced inside the Camellia Bowl to Appalachian Country, 31-29, on a area intention on the quit. Ohio published prevailing facts in six of the last seven seasons for head educate Frank Solich, who enters his 12th season with an eighty-sixty one mark. The Bobcats have 15 starting players back – seven offense, seven protection, one specialist.

Senior quarterback Greg Windham (6-foot-1, 213 pounds) from Tampa, Fla., completed 8 of 15 passes for 108 yards and one touchdown in an Aug. 18 scrimmage. Quarterback J.D. Sprague, a senior, left the crew because of health worries. Sprague has thoracic outlet syndrome, a circumstance that causes numbness within the hands and pain on one aspect of the frame.

Redshirt freshman Quinton Maxwell (6-3, 217) from Rayville, Mo., is likewise getting looks at quarterback.

A.J. Ouellette (five-10, 201) returns as Ohio’s leading rusher with 687 yards on 151 includes (four.5 common). The junior from Covington, Ohio, scored six speeding touchdowns.

Sebastian Smith (6-three, 207), a senior huge receiver from Columbus earned a spot on the preseason Biletnikoff Award watch list. Smith turned into Ohio’s pinnacle goal ultimate season with 65 receptions for 777 yards and 7 touchdowns He ranks seventh all-time for the Bobcats with 208 profession catches.
Brendan Cope (6-2, 194), a junior receiver from Warren, Ohio, had 30 receptions last season for 510 yards and scored two touchdowns.

The Pals of John Mackey placed junior tight seize Troy Mangen (6-five, 260) of Union, Ohio, on the loo Mackey Award preseason list of candidates. Mangen ignored last season because of damage. In 2014, he made 19 catches for 147 yards.

Ohio lost 3 offensive line starters from ultimate season, but returns senior right address Troy Watson (6-6, 290) from Aurora, Ohio, with 27 consecutive begins and junior Durrell Wood (6-2, 299) from Columbus. Junior Jake Preuhs (6-2, 310) of North Olmsted, Ohio, started out remaining season at proper shield.

Defensive lineman Tom Strobel (6-five, 278, Sr.) of Mentor, Ohio, recorded quarterback sacks at some point of the scrimmage and freshman Shielding lineman Andrew Cree II (6-2, 209) from Warren, Ohio, had one sack. Javon Hagan (6-0, 206), a redshirt freshman safety from Jacksonville, Fla., grabbed one interception.

Senior Protective quit Tarell Basham (6-4, 260) changed into named to the watch listing for the Ted Hendricks Award that is going to the Protecting cease of the 12 months. The Rocky Mount, Va., native, desires just one greater sack to tie Ohio’s profession document of nineteen. He began eleven of 12 video games last season and made 43 tackles with 11.5 for losses and 5.five sacks.

Junior linebacker Quentin Poling (6-zero, 234) of Spencerville, Ohio, topped the squad last season with sixty-nine general tackles alongside making 10.5 stops for losses and gathering quarterback sacks.

Senior linebacker Blair Brown (6-0, 239) from Moreno Valley, Calif., changed into 2nd in tackles with 65 observed via senior safety Toran Davis (6-zero, 206) from Lithonia, Ga., with fifty-nine and senior Defensive lineman Kurt Laseak with fifty-eight. The 6-4, 245-pound Laseak of Mentor, Ohio, added 6.0 tackles for losses and four.five sacks.