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Ohio's McRae Earns MAC Weekly Award

Sept. 10, 2007

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CLEVELAND - For the first time this season - and the seventh time in his career - Ohio football senior Kalvin McRae has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced today.

McRae, a native of Decatur, Ga., was responsible for each of Ohio's four touchdowns in a hard-fought 31-23 victory at Louisiana-Lafayette last Saturday night. The tailback finished the game with 84 rushing yards and 52 receiving yards. His first score of the night was a 44-yard screen pass that gave Ohio its first lead of the game and his three subsequent touchdowns on the ground turned a 20-10 deficit into a 31-23 victory.

With last week's performance McRae has 3,190 yards and 29 touchdowns on the ground in his career. Those marks currently rank third and second, respectively, in Ohio history.

Buffalo linebacker Larry Hutchinson was named the MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week and the Bulls' Simon Manka garnered the weekly special teams honor.

The MAC award was the seventh of McRae's career. He was honored twice as a sophomore in 2005 and four times during his junior campaign of 2006. It also marked the second week in a row that a Bobcat has been recognized. Joshua Abrams (Dunwoody, Ga.) earned MAC Special Teams Player of the Week last week.