Oct. 15, 2007
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CLEVELAND - Announced by the league today, Ohio football senior Michael Braunstein has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Special Teams Player of the Week.
Today's recognition marks the second time this year that Braunstein (Gilbert, Ariz.) had earned such distinction. He was also honored on Sept. 22.
In last week's thrilling 48-42 victory against Eastern Michigan on Homecoming, Braunstein booted field goals of 40 yards and 38 yards. The first field goal - a 40-yarder - put the `Cats up 31-21 in the second quarter and his second - from 38 yards out - put Ohio ahead 48-35 with 2:49 remaining in the game. Braunstein was also perfect on all six extra point attempts and had two touchbacks on kickoffs.
Braunstein's two field goals made pushed his accuracy this year to 11-for-11, which established a new school record for consecutive field goals made. A transfer from Washington, Braunstein's personal mark of consecutive field goals made was extended to 19 in a row dating back to last year, the longest such active streak in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.
Ohio has earned four MAC Player of the Week awards this season. In addition to Braunstein's two awards, Joshua Abrams (Dunwood, Ga.) was named Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 1 and Kalvin McRae (Decatur, Ga.) was recognized as the league's Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 8.
Ohio (3-4, 1-2 MAC) will travel to Toledo (2-5, 0-3 MAC) for a MAC cross-divisional tilt this Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., in the Glass Bowl. The game will be televised live by GTN.