ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio football team wrapped up its second full week of fall camp Saturday afternoon, as they held their 12th practice inside Peden Stadium.
Redshirt junior punter Michael Farkas (Mishawaka, Ind.) played in all 13 games for the Bobcats in 2017. Farkas recorded 58 punts for 2,352 total yards. During the season, Farkas averaged 40.6 yards per punt, registering a season-long 57-yard punt against Bowling Green on Oct. 14. Farkas pinned 21 balls in the 20 and had five punts of 50-yards or longer. `
OhioBobcats.com caught up with Farkas following the Bobcats' 12th practice of fall camp today for a quick question and answer session.
Q: With two weeks in the books, how are things going?
A: "Everything in the special teams unit has gone really well. We have some good snapping competition, which is helping. Kickoffs are going well and Louie [Zervos] is hitting the ball well. We've gone through the numbers for punt and right now there some of the best averages we've had. Everyone is working well together and Coach Haines and Coach Solich are happy with it."
Q: How does the whole team look so far?
A: "This is my fourth year, so third year playing, and I think this is the best team we've got. Our offensive line is nasty as you can tell. We've got some pretty good freshmen who can impact quickly. Nate [Rourke] looks awesome. Everyone looks pretty healthy, so that's nice to see. We have Maleek [Irons] back with the running backs with Julian [Ross] and A.J. [Ouellette]. It's going to be a fun year."
Q: What goals have you set for yourself?
A: "Personally, my goal is to average 45-plus. You have to take into account the end-over-end flip flop balls that we place inside the one. Those balls take a toll on your average, but it's good for the team and helps out the defense. I just want to make the team better."
Q: How are you adjusting the new kickoff/punting rules?
A: "With the kickoffs the last two seasons, we've had minimal touchbacks. Coach Collins and Coach Solich have wanted punts to be able 65 yards – so goal line – and a 4.0 hang. This season, I'm going to aim for a lower ball out the back of the end zone."
Q: What have you cone this offseason to get better?
A: "I had a sit down with Dak and we talked about leg strength, power and quick and fast twitch muscles. We've really been focusing on that in the weight room. I'm stronger than I've ever been right now, and heavier than I've ever been. I'm about 204 right now. Getting that behind the ball is really helping and my hang time for everything has increased. My legs have just gotten way stronger and I'm hoping for a big season."
Q: What are you looking forward to the most with the start of the season two weeks away?
A: "Winning. We're going to win. Hopefully we win big. I'm most excited to get some punts. Just helping the team, getting better and winning a MAC Championship."
The Bobcats will have the day off tomorrow, but will start up the third week of camp on Monday, Aug. 20 at 8:40 a.m.
Ohio will open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 with a 2 p.m. ET matchup against Howard at Peden Stadium. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN+. Click here for ticket information or call 1-800-575-CATS (2287).
2018 Ohio Football Fall Camp Remaining Schedule
Practice 13 – Aug. 20 – 8:40 a.m.
Practice 14 – Aug. 21 – 8:40 a.m.
Practice 15 – Aug. 22 – 8 a.m.
Practice 16 – Aug. 23 – 9:15 a.m. (Scrimmage 2)
Practice 17 – Aug. 24 – 8:40 a.m.