July 27, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio - Four former Ohio Bobcats signed professional contracts this week with NFL teams. Wide receivers Terrence McCrae and Steven Goulet respectively joined the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders, while defensive lineman Stafford Gatling and cornerback Julian Posey signed with the New York Jets.
McCrae (Vanderbilt, Pa.) was Ohio's top receiver last season and set the Ohio all-time record for touchdown catches. The third-team All-MAC performer snagged 18 touchdown catches over his final two years in Athens, tying the single-season mark twice. McCrae was named the MAC East's Player of the Week after an outstanding performance against Marshall which saw him snag four catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns. McCrae joins fellow MAC alums Antonio Brown (Central Michigan) and Armand Robinson (Miami) in the Steeler receiving corps.
Gatling (Burlington, N.C.) was a second-team All-MAC performer for the Bobcats last season and finished fourth in the league in tackles for loss (13.5) and tied for fifth in the league in sacks (6.5). The defensive co-captain finished sixth on the Bobcats in tackles with 53 stops and tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles. Gatling recorded six tackles, including 1.5 sacks and two tackles for loss with a forced fumble in Ohio's 34-17 win over Buffalo which earned him the MAC East Defensive Player of the Week.
Posey (Cincinnati, Ohio) joins Gatling in New York after being named to one of Phil Steele's 2010 All-MAC postseason teams. Posey tied for fifth in the nation, and led the MAC, in pass breakups with 12. He also recorded 46 tackles and had a 38-yard fumble return for touchdown against Wofford.
Goulet (Irmo, S.C.) joins former Bobcat standout Mike Mitchell in Oakland after playing in every game the last two seasons at Ohio. He was second on the team in receiving yards and had the second-longest catch of the season with a 56-yard haul in the win over the University of Louisiana.