July 22, 2013
DETROIT, Mich. - Follow the Ohio University football team Tuesday morning on the Bobcats' social media platforms as it takes part in the 2013 Mid-American Conference Football Media Day at Ford Field.
Fans can also watch live coverage of MAC Football Media Day on ESPN3. Click here to watch MAC Football Day!
OHIO SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
OHIO PRESEASON NOTEBOOK
FIRST AND 10
-Ohio enters the 2013 campaign after posting its second-consecutive bowl victory in the 2012 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl.
-The Bobcats will look to become bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last eight years.
-The Bobcats will also be in search of their fourth MAC East title under the direction of head coach Frank Solich.
-Ohio returns 16 starters from last year's squad, including senior running back Beau Blankenship, who rushed for a single season school record 1,604 yards.
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton also returns for his senior season after he passed for 2,844 yards, 18 touchdowns and had just four interceptions. He became the first Ohio signal-caller to throw for 2,500 yards in back-to-back seasons.
BLANKENSHIP AND TETTLETON NAMED TO NCFA PRESEASON WATCH LISTS
This preseason, running back Beau Blankenship and quarterback Tyler Tettleton were each named to several National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) annual preseason watch list.
Beau Blankenship - Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award
Tyler Tettleton - O'Brien Award, Walter Camp Award
OHIO FOOTBALL ANNOUNCES 2012 CAPTAINS
Seniors Travis Carrie, Beau Blankenship, Donte' Foster, Keith Moore and Tyler Tettleton were named captains for the 2013 Ohio University football team in a vote conducted by their teammates. Carrie and Tettleton were named captains for the second-consecutive season.
OHIO EARNS SEVEN SPOTS ON THE PHIL STEELE PRESEASON ALL-MAC TEAM
Seven Ohio University football players were named to the 2013 Phil Steele Preseason Mid-American Conference All-League team. Seniors Tyler Tettleton, Beau Blankenship, John Prior and Travis Carrie each were named All-MAC Second Team. Fellow seniors Jon Lechner and Keith Moore also received all-league honors as they were named Third Team. Senior Donte Foster was the seventh player from Ohio to receive Preseason All-MAC honors from Phil Steele as he earned Fourth Team recognition.
LOOKING AHEAD TO THE 2013 SCHEDULE
Ohio will open the 2013 season on Sept. 1 as it heads to Louisville where it will faceoff against the Cardinals for the first time since 1959 in at nationally televised contest on ESPN, beginning at 3:30. The Bobcats open their home slate on Sept. 7 against North Texas. Ohio opens league play on Saturday, Oct. 5 when it travels to Akron to take on the Zips. Ohio concludes its 2012 season with four mid-week games all of which will appear on the ESPN Family of Networks.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton was one of just four quarterbacks that threw 15 or more touchdowns and had four or less interceptions last season. Tettleton opened the year by going 161 attempts without throwing an interception. Among the four, Tettleton and Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron are the only two signal-callers that return this season.
Heading into the 2013 season, Tettleton currently holds nine Ohio University football career records, including the school standard for passing yards (6,274), most completions (504) and most touchdowns (46).
Running back Beau Blankenship surpassed 100 yards rushing in nine of the Bobcats' 12 games a year ago. In two short seasons, Blankenship has cracked the school's all-time Top 10 list for career rushing. He needs just 761 yards to pass former Bobcat great and current Green Bay Packers scout Chad Brinker for fifth all-time on the career rushing list.
SUCCESS IN BOWL GAMES
The Ohio football team has played in four straight bowl games and has posted back-to-back victories. The Bobcats are one of just 15 schools in the nation that has won back-to-back bowl games.
AMONG THE BEST IN THE MAC
Ohio's 55 wins since 2006 are the second most victories by any school in the Mid-American Conference during that period. Northern Illinois is the only school that has more wins in that stretch.
1. Northern Illinois - 56
2. Ohio - 55
3. Central Michigan - 51
The Ohio University football team was ranked in the top 25 of the BCS poll (No. 24), Associated Press Poll and USA Today Coaches' Poll (No. 23) in 2012. Ohio had never been ranked in all three polls at the same time. The Bobcats had also never been ranked in the BCS Standings or the USA Today Coaches Poll.