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CLEVELAND -- Redshirt junior kick returner DL Knock (Springboro, Ohio) of the Ohio football team has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Week One Special Teams Player of the Week, as announced by the league office today.
Knock took the second-half kickoff back 99 yards for a touchdown to swing momentum and give Ohio its first lead of the game in a 38-32 season-opening victory over Howard on Saturday (Sept. 1) at Peden Stadium. It was Knock's first career kickoff for a score. Knock's runback to the house tied for the third-longest return in school history and marked the longest since Daz' Patterson went 100 yards to the house against Buffalo on Oct. 6, 2012. He became the first Bobcat to bring a kickoff back for a touchdown since Kylan Nelson's 84-yard return for a score on Nov. 25, 2014. Knock finished the day with three kickoff returns for 125 yards.
Knock becomes the first Bobcat to be named MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week since kicker Louie Zervos (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) earned honors in Week 11 of the 2017 season.
Following a bye in week two, Ohio (1-0) visits Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Virginia on Sept. 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. from Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. The contest can be seen on ACC Network Extra.