CLEVELAND -- Redshirt freshman safety Alvin Floyd (North Miami Beach, Fla.) of the Ohio football team (6-3, 4-1 MAC) has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Week Ten Special Teams Player of the Week, as announced by the league office today.
Floyd earns weekly conference honors for the first time in his career. He becomes the fourth Bobcat to be named MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week, joining redshirt junior wide receiver/kick returner DL Knock (Springboro, Ohio), who earned honors for week one, redshirt junior punter/kicker Michael Farkas (Mishawaka, Ind.), who earned honors for week three and week seven, and redshirt junior kicker Louie Zervos (Tarpon Springs, Fla.), who earned honors in week nine. Two Bobcats have also accounted for four MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week honors, with junior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) earning honors in weeks five, six and eight and redshirt senior running back A.J. Ouellette (Covington, Ohio) earning honors in week nine.
Floyd became the first Bobcat to return a blocked punt for a touchdown since Melvin Payne ran one back for a score in 2009 at Akron, helping Ohio roll to a 59-14 win over MAC West Division foe Western Michigan last Thursday (Nov. 1) at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich. With just under three minutes to play in the first quarter, Knock blocked a punt by Western Michigan freshman Nick Mihalic, and the loose football was scooped up by Floyd and returned 13 yards for a touchdown to help extend Ohio's lead to 21-0. Floyd's touchdown return helped the Bobcats pile up 45 first-half points en route to the victory – the most scored in one half during 14th-year head coach Frank Solich's tenure at Ohio.
Ohio will put its three-game winning streak on the line on Wednesday (Nov. 7) when it visits Oxford, Ohio, to face Mid-American Conference East Division archrival Miami (3-6, 3-2 MAC) for the annual Battle of the Bricks. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Yager Stadium.
The Bobcats will be showcased on national television for the third week in a row and will appear on ESPNU for the second-straight week. Matt Barrie and Rocky Boiman will be the call of the contest.
Wednesday's 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.