Sept. 3, 2007
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CLEVELAND - Announced by the league today, Ohio senior Joshua Abrams has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Special Teams Player of the Week following his performance in the Bobcat football team's 36-14 victory against Gardner-Webb on Sept. 1.
Abrams, a native of Dunwoody, Ga., blocked three Gardner-Webb punts in Saturday night's season-opener. His first block in the second quarter gave Ohio the ball on the Bulldogs' 13-yard line, his second in third quarter put the ball on Ohio's 47, and his third with 2:55 remaining went out of the back of the endzone to put two points on the board for the `Cats with a safety.
The three punt blocks were one shy of a single-game NCAA and Mid-American Conference record. Abrams had three blocks in his career prior to Saturday night. The NCAA single-season record is seven and the career record stands at 10.
In his regular position - tailback - Abrams also had seven carries for 18 yards and recorded his first-career touchdown.
Bowling Green quarterback Tyler Sheehan was named the MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week while Akron cornerback Reggie Corner earned the weekly defensive honor.
The MAC award was the first of Abrams career. The Bobcats gathered a total of 16 MAC Player of the Week honors during their 2006 run toward the East Division title.