Dec. 1, 2010
CLEVELAND, Ohio-Ohio Football had seven student-athletes selected to the All-Mid-American Conference teams in an announcement made by the league office Wednesday morning.
When the votes of the 13 head coaches were tallied, right tackle Joe Flading was selected to the first team, while left tackle A.J. Strum, tight end Jordan Thompson, defensive end Stafford Gatling and safties Donovan Fletcher and Steven Jackson were selected to the second team. Wideout Terrence McCrae made the third team to round out the Bobcats' representation.
Flading, a third-team All-MAC selection last year, has played the most snaps of any lineman (699) and leads the squad in average grade (1.89 out of 2.0), pancake blocks (62) and decleaters (14).
Strum has battled injuries in 2010, but still managed to rack up 30.5 pancakes and six decleaters in 421 plays, while grading out a 1.81. Thompson has snared 19 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns, but also has shown that he was one of the league's top blocking tight ends as he has helped power an Ohio rushing attack that ranks among the league's best. The Bobcats' 25 rushing touchdowns are second only to Northern Illinois in 2010.
Gatling is currently fourth in the league in tackles for loss (13.5) and tied for fifth in the league in sacks (6.5). He is also fourth on the team in tackles with 49 stops. Fletcher has become a regular in Ohio's starting lineup in 2010 and picked off five passes in the team's first seven games to rank among the nation's best in that category. He is the team's second-leading tackler with 68 stops. Jackson, who was a third-team All-MAC selection in 2008, is the squad's third-leading tackler with 65 stops, to go along with 3.5 tackles for loss, a half sack, three interceptions and three pass breakups.
McCrae became Ohio's all-time leader in career touchdown receptions in 2010 and currently has 19 to his credit. He has also once again tied the school's single-season TD reception mark of nine (third in the MAC) and leads the team with 32 catches for 481 yards.
The Bobcats (8-4 overall, 6-2 MAC) will now await a possible bowl bid when the selections are announced Sunday on ESPN's two-hour Bowl Selection Special that will begin at 9 p.m. ET.