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Ten Bobcats Earn Phil Steele Preseason All-MAC Honors

Devin Bass

June 6, 2014

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University football team earned 10 spots on the 2014 Phil Steele Preseason All-Mid-American Conference team. The teams will be published in the Phil Steele 2014 College Football Preview, which will hit newsstands June 24.

Junior Devin Bass (Omaha, Neb.) and sophomore Tarell Basham (Rocky Mount, Va.) highlighted the Bobcats' preseason All-MAC honoree list as both were named First Team.

Senior Antwan Crutcher (Cleveland, Ohio) and junior Josiah Yazdani (Albany, Ohio) each earned Second Team honors. Seniors Chase Cochran (Lebanon, Ohio) and Josh Kristoff (Pickerington, Ohio) and sophomore defensive lineman Brandon Purdum (London, Ohio) each were selected to the Third Team.

Rounding out the Bobcats' presence on this year's squad were junior offensive lineman Mike Lucas (Chicago, Ill.), sophomore defensive lineman Kurt Laseak (Mentor, Ohio) and junior Ben Russell (Cincinnati, Ohio) as each were selected to the Fourth team.

In 2013, Bass earned postseason All-MAC honors as both a cornerback and as a kickoff returner. He also paced the squad with 15 pass breakups. Basham led the team with 7.5 sacks as a true freshman en route to being named to the 13th annual Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team.

Crutcher picked up Second Team honors after he posted a single season career-high 50 tackles, including 18 solo stops, six tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Yazdani received Second Team honors following a 2013 campaign, which saw him finish the year by connecting on an incredible 14-of-15 field goal attempts to receive All-MAC postseason honors. His 93.3 conversion rate ranks No. 1 all-time at Ohio for a single season.

Cochran earned Third Team honors and returns for his senior season as the team's top returning receiver. In 2013, Cochran finished the year with 689 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Kristoff earned the preseason Third Team nod after he finished second on the team with a single season career-high 72 tackles during his junior year. Earlier this month, he was named captain. Purdum closed out his sophomore campaign by logging 30 tackles and six tackles for loss.

Lucas garnered preseason Fourth Team honors following a year in which he led all offensive linemen with 738 plays. He also appeared in every game during the 2013 season. Laseak also appeared in all 13 games for the Bobcats in 2013, registering 43 stops to pick up Fourth Team Honors. Russell's Fourth Team preseason accolade came following a sophomore campaign where he led the team in tackles with 88 stops.