CLEVELAND– Ohio football redshirt senior running back A.J. Ouellette (Covington, Ohio) has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Offensive Player of the Week, while redshirt junior kicker Louie Zervos (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) has been named the MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week, the league announced today (Oct. 29).
Ouellette broke the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time this season with a game-high 135 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns in a 52-14 win over Ball State on Thursday, Oct. 25. Ouellette rushed for a nine-yard touchdown in the second quarter and followed it up with a 44-yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter. The Bobcats' 411 yards rushing marked the eighth-most in a single game in program history and the most since Ohio piled up 414 rushing yards in a 38-21 win over Ball State on Oct. 22, 2005. Ohio scored six rushing touchdowns, the program's most in a single game since scoring six in a 47-7 rout at Eastern Michigan on Oct. 4, 1997.
Zervos made all seven of his extra point attempts and converted a 23-yard field goal in a 52-14 win over Ball State on Thursday, Oct. 25 at Peden Stadium. Zervos converted from 23 yards out with 9:54 left in the second quarter to give the Bobcats a 10-7 advantage, a lead Ohio did not relinquish en route to scoring 52 points that went unanswered until Ball State scored a touchdown late touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Ouellette and Zervos both earn MAC Weekly Honors for the first time this season. They join three other Bobcats who have garnered weekly conference honors in 2018. Junior quarterback Nathan Rourke was named the MAC East Division Offensive Player of the week for weeks five, six and eight. Redshirt junior punter Michael Farkas (Mishawaka, Ind.) was named MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week for weeks three and seven, while junior kick returner DL Knock (Springboro, Ohio), earned honors for week one.
Ohio is set to play the first of two-straight road contests on Thursday (Nov. 1) for a key matchup against West Division foe Western Michigan (6-3, 4-1 MAC). Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Waldo Stadium.
Thursday's contest will be broadcast live on ESPNU with Dave LaMont and Ray Bentley 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.