CLEVELAND -- The Ohio football team was represented by nine student-athletes on the 2018 All-Mid-American Conference Awards list, which was announced by the league office today.
Redshirt senior offensive lineman Joe Anderson (Torrance, Calif.), redshirt junior punter kicker Michael Farkas (Mishawaka, Ind.), redshirt junior defensive back Javon Hagan (Jacksonville, Fla.), redshirt senior offensive lineman Joe Lowery (Tallmadge, Ohio), redshirt senior running back A.J. Ouellette (Covington, Ohio) and redshirt senior wide receiver Papi White (Seminole, Okla.) all garnered All-MAC First Team selection. Senior linebacker Evan Croutch (Youngstown, Ohio), junior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) and redshirt senior offensive lineman Durrell Wood (Columbus, Ohio) represented the Bobcats on the All-MAC Second Team.
Ohio's six All-MAC First Team selections mark the program's most since the 1968 team tallied seven.
Anderson, who is a communication studies major, and Lowery, who is a health services administration major, were both 2017 All-MAC Second Team picks. The duo gives Ohio two All-MAC First Team offensive linemen in the same season for the first time since 1968. They have helped pave the way for another prolific season for the Ohio offense. The Bobcats rank first in the MAC and 10th in the country with 41.2 points per game -- the highest scoring average in program history. Ohio's 494 points scored this season rank as the second-most in the history of program. The Bobcats have averaged 470.6 yards per game, which leads the MAC and ranks 16th in the country and is good for the highest average in program history. Ohio has racked up 5,647 yards of offense this year, which ranks as the third-most in the history of the program. Ohio's rushing offense ranks first in the MAC and ninth in the country with an average of 261.9 yards per game, which is good for the sixth-highest average in program history. The Bobcats have piled up the sixth-most rushing yards in a single season in program history with 3,143, and the team's 6.1 rushing yards per carry is the highest average in the history of the program. Ohio's 38 rushing touchdowns this season are the third-most scored by the Bobcats in program history.
Farkas, who is a communication studies major, earns All-MAC First Team honors for the first time in his career after being named to the Third Team in 2016. He is the first Ohio punter to garner All-MAC First Team recognition since Dave Zastudil achieved the feat for the fourth year in a row in 2001. Farkas tied for the league lead with 43.6 yards per punt in the regular season, which ranks as the fourth-best average in a single season in program history. He has totaled 1,830 punting yards this season. Fifteen of his punts have landed inside the 20, and 19 have been fair caught. He recorded season-long punts of 59 yards three times this year. He was named MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week twice this year. Farkas has totaled 7,077 punting yards in his career, which ranks as the fourth-most in program history.
Hagan, who is a sport management major, earns All-MAC First Team honors for the first time in his career after being named to the Second Team in both 2016 and '17. He is tied for the team lead with two interceptions this season and recovered a fumble that he forced in a 52-17 victory over Buffalo on Nov. 14, helping the Ohio defense rank first in the country with 30 turnovers gained. His ranks second on the squad with 72 total tackles (36 solo, 36 assisted) and recorded four pass breakups.
Ouellette, who is pursuing his master's degree in coaching education, earns All-MAC First Team honors for the first time in his career after being named to the Second Team in 2016. He becomes the first Ohio running back to be named to the All-MAC First Team since Kalvin McRae achieved the feat for the third year in a row in 2007. Ouellette ranks second in the MAC with a career-high 1,142 yards (seventh-most in program history) and a career-high 95.2 yards per game (eighth-most in program history). He became just the fourth player in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in multiple seasons. His career-high 12 rushing touchdowns rank second on the team and are tied for the ninth-most in a single season in program history while his career-high 14 total touchdowns scored ties him for the sixth-most in a single season in program history. Ouellette has rushed for over 100 yards four times this year, going for over 165 yards in each of the last three games, which included a career-high 196 yards in the victory over Buffalo. He was named MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week twice this year. Ouellette moved into third place on Ohio's all-time rushing list this year with 3,620 career rushing yards. His 32 career rushing touchdowns rank as the fourth-most in program history. He has tallied 13 career 100-yard rushing games, which ranks as the fifth-most in program history.
White, who is a specialized studies major, earns All-MAC First Team honors for the first time in his career after being named to the Second Team in 2016. He becomes the first Ohio wide receiver to be named to the All-MAC First Team since Eddie Washington in 1983. White finished the regular season ranked second in the MAC with a career-high 897 receiving yards (fourth-most in program history) and a career-high nine receiving touchdowns (tied for second-most in program history). His career-high 74.8 receiving yards per game rank second in the MAC while his career-high 4.8 receptions per game also rank second in the league and are good for the ninth-highest average in a single season in program history. White became Ohio's all-time leader in career receiving yards this season with 2,530, breaking the mark of 2,511 set by LaVon Brazill (2007-11).
Croutch, who is a communication studies major, earns All-MAC honors for the first time in his career and gives Ohio an all-conference selection at linebacker for the fifth year in a row. He leads the team with a career-high 79 total tackles (54 solo, 25 assisted) for a team-high 6.6 tackles per game. His career-high four sacks rank second on the squad, and he is tied for the team lead with a career-high two interceptions. Croutch tallied double-digit tackles on three occasions this year and helped Ohio rank as the second-best rushing defense in the league, limiting the opposition to just 135.8 rushing yards per game.
Rourke, who is a physical activity and sport coaching major, earns All-MAC Second Team honors for the second year in a row. Rourke has completed 154 of his 252 pass attempts (61.1 percent completion percentage, sixth-best in program history) for a career-high 2,228 yards (ninth-most in program history) and a career-high 22 touchdown passes (second-most in program history). He finished the regular season ranked fifth in the MAC in passing yards and third in passing touchdowns. His 185.7 passing yards per game rank as the ninth-highest average in program history while his 14.5 passing yards per completion lead the MAC and rank ninth nationally and are good for the ninth-highest average in program history. He is averaging 8.8 yards per passing attempt, which is good for first in the MAC and 12th in the country and ranks as the second-highest average in program history. His passing efficiency rating of 158.6 is tops in program history and ranks first in the MAC and 14th nationally. Rourke has also run for 816 yards (68.0 yard per game) to rank third on the team and leads the squad with 13 rushing touchdowns, with the latter tying him for the sixth-most in a single season in program history. In all, Rourke has accounted for 3,044 yards of total offense (fourth-most in program history), with his 253.7 yards per game of total offense ranking as the third-highest average in program history and his 8.07 yards per play ranking as the highest average in program history. He has been responsible for 35 total touchdowns in 2018, which is good for the third-most in program history. He was named MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week three times this year. Rourke is ranked second in program history with 39 career passing touchdowns, fifth with 4,431 career passing yards and seventh with 315 career completions. He has also tallied 34 career rushing touchdowns, which ranks as the third-most in program history. His 74 career touchdowns responsible for are the second-most in program history.
Wood, who is a pre social work major, earns All-MAC honors for the first time in his career and gives Ohio three offensive linemen on the All-MAC teams for the third year in a row. Wood helped Ohio rank third in the conference in sacks against with just 19 and lead the conference in first downs (297; 24.8 per game) and third-down conversions (48.3 percent conversion rate). He also helped Ohio tie for the conference lead in time of possession (33:27).
Ohio (8-4, 6-2 MAC), which has won at least eight games in a season for the ninth time under 14th-year head coach Frank Solich, is bowl eligible for the 10th year in a row. Stayed tuned to OhioBobcats.com this weekend as the Bobcats await their 2018 bowl fate.