COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Redshirt senior running back A.J. Ouellette (Covington, Ohio) of the Ohio football has been the 2018 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.
The 2018 MAC Player of the Year award will be presented during the 64th Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Express Live! in the Arena District.
Ouellette, who is pursuing his master's degree in coaching education, earned All-MAC First Team honors for the first time in his career on Wednesday (Nov. 28) 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 a 52-17 victory over Buffalo on Nov. 14 at Peden Stadium. 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.
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.