June 25, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Four Ohio University football players were named to the 2013 Athlon Sports All-Mid-American Conference Preseason team.
Senior offensive linemen Ryan McGrath (Duncansville, Pa.) was the only Bobcat to be named to the All-MAC First Team. Fellow seniors Beau Blankenship (Norman, Okla.), Keith Moore (Grove City, Ohio) and John Prior (Portsmouth, Ohio) were each named All-MAC Second Team.
McGrath earned the first team recognition after he started in 12 of Ohio's 13 games a year ago. In 834 plays, McGrath registered 78 pancakes, 17 decleaters and 95 knockdowns on the year. He also helped pave the way for Ohio to rush for 2,643 yards on the ground (203.3 avg.), which ranked third in the league.
Blankenship garnered Second Team accolades after he was named to the All-MAC Conference Second Team and Phil Steele All-MAC First Team following a breakout 2012 campaign. During his junior season, Blankenship rushed for a single-season school record 1,604 yards on the ground. He also rushed for 15 touchdowns, four of which came in the Independence Bowl, which tied the single bowl game record as he went on to earn Co-Offensive MVP honors with his high school teammate, Tyler Tettleton.
Moore took home Second Team honors following a 2012 season where he led the team with 98 tackles as a junior. The former walk-on was one of the Bobcats' most consistent players in 2012 as he was one of only seven players on the team that started in every game. Moore closed the 2012 season with a monster game in the Independence Bowl as he totaled nine tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack en route to earning Defensive Most Valuable Player honors.
Prior earned the Second Team nod following a strong 2012 campaign. Prior played in every game and appeared in 710 total plays throughout the season, scoring 1,310 points. He also graded out at a 1.85 on the year, while recording 51 pancakes, 24 decleaters (team high) and 75 knockdowns.
Ohio opens the 2013 season on Sunday, Sept. 1 against the University of Louisville inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The game is set to kickoff at 3:30 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN.