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MAC Release | Davey O'Brien Award "Great 8" Release
ATHENS, Ohio -- Junior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) of the Ohio football team has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Week Five Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office today.
Rourke got the job done with both his arms and his legs in Ohio's 58-42 victory over UMass on Saturday (Sept. 29) at Peden Stadium. He ran for a career-high 189 yards and a touchdown on 16 attempts. He also passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns, going 27-of-32 through the air with one interception. Rourke helped Ohio's offense explode for a program-record 664 yards of offense. The Bobcats did the bulk of their damage via the ground game, racking up 394 rushing yards.
Rourke, who was named MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career, becomes the third Bobcat to garner weekly conference honors in 2018. Redshirt junior punter Michael Farkas (Mishawaka, Ind.) was named MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week for week three while junior kick returner DL Knock (Springboro, Ohio), earned honors for week one.
In addition to being named MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week, Rourke was recognized as one of the Davey O'Brien Award's "Great 8" honorees for his performance against UMass.
Ohio (2-2, 0-0 MAC) opens up the MAC portion of its 2018 schedule this Saturday (Oct. 6), visiting Kent State (1-4, 0-1 MAC) in an East Division showdown at Dix Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on ESPN+. Michael Reghi and JeRod Cherry will be on the call. The game can also be heard on the Ohio IMG Sports Network. Russ Eisenstein returns for his 11th season as the "Voice of the Bobcats." Ohio alum Rob Cornelius, who has been a part of the broadcasts for close to two decades, is back in the booth. The 12-station network has an over-the-air coverage area that hits three states. In addition, the broadcasts are available online through OhioBobcats.com and TuneIn.com/OhioBobcats.com. They are also free on the TuneIn app.