Nov. 28, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Six Ohio University football players were named to the 2012 Mid-American Conference All-League team on Wednesday. The Bobcats placed four individuals on the Second Team and two on the Third Team.
Seniors Matt Weller (Twinsburg, Ohio), Eric Herman (Oregon, Ohio), Skyler Allen (Mechanicsville, Va.) and junior Beau Blankenship (Norman, Okla.) all earned Second Team All-Conference honors. High School teammates and senior defensive players Alphonso Lewis (Altoona, Pa.) and Neal Huynh (Altoona, Pa.) were named to the All-MAC Third Team.
Weller highlighted the Bobcats' all-conference honorees as he was named All-League for the third time in his decorated career. The reigning MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week finished the 2012 campaign by going 25-of-34 in field goals, connecting on 73.3 percent of his attempts. He was also a perfect 43-of-43 on extra points.
In-between 40-49 yards out, he hit at an incredible 87.5 percent. In addition, Weller finished the year strong as he connected on 13-of-15 field goal attempts since Sept. 29.¬¬
Blankenship had breakthrough season for the `Cats in 2012 as he set the school's single-season rushing record, rumbling for exactly 1,500 yards on the ground. His rushing effort surpassed former Bobcat Kalvin McRae's previous single season rushing standard back in 2007. Blankenship also accounted for 12 total touchdowns. His 269 yard effort on 43 carries at UMass was one of the best single game performances in school history. His 43 carries against the Minutemen tied former Bobcat Bill Gary's previous school standard.
Herman earned All-League consideration following another strong season at right guard. His All-Conference honor marks the second time he has received postseason recognition. In the Bobcats' season finale against Kent State, Herman made his 50th-consecutive start. In 2012, he paved the way for four 250-plus rushing efforts during the season.
Allen received All-Conference recognition after he started every game at center this season for the Bobcats. Throughout his career in Athens, Allen made 38 career starts and helped anchor an offensive line which helped Ohio remain among the Top 5 in most major offensive categories throughout most of the season.
Lewis and Huynh both earned Third Team All-Conference honors after they combined to make 20 starts in 2012. In addition, the Pennsylvania duo also combined to make 86 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss. Lewis ranked second the team in tackles, finishing with 60 stops on the year. Huynh led the team in sacks and tackles for loss.
Both Lewis and Huynh earned All-League honors for the first time in their respective careers.
Toledo led the way with six first team selections, followed by Northern Illinois and Ball State with five first team selections. Overall, Ball State set the pace with 15 honorees, followed by Toledo with 11 honorees, while Kent State and Bowling Green added 10 honorees.
Ohio will await a possible postseason bowl selection. Visit OhioBobcats.com for the most up-to-date information on the `Cats postseason opportunity.