Dec. 2, 2010
CLEVELAND, Ohio-Ohio Football continued to rack up the honors Thursday as it placed 10 student-athletes on Phil Steele's 2010 Postseason All-MAC teams.
Right tackle Joe Flading was named to the first team, as was punter Paul Hershey. Left tackle A.J. Strum and Stafford Gatling were named to the second team, while wideout Terrence McCrae, punt returner Travis Carrie and safety Donovan Fletcher were selected to the third team. Tight end Jordan Thompson, cornerback Julian Posey and Steven Jackson all made the fourth team to round out the honors.
Flading, named a first-team All-MAC selection by the league's coaches on Wednesday, 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). Hershey ranks third in the MAC in punting with a 40.9-yard average and recorded the longest punt in the league this season with a 72-yard boot against Bowling Green. He has forced 15 fair catches and has dropped 13 inside the 20 with just one touchback. Ten of his punts have gone for 50 yards or more this season.
Strum, also a second-team All-MAC selection by the league's coaches, 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. Gatling, another second-team All-MAC selection by the league coaches, 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.
McCrae, also a third-team All-MAC selection by the league's coaches, 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. Carrie finished second in the MAC and 24th nationally in punt return yardage (11.06). Fletcher, a second-team All-MAC selection by the league's coaches, 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.
Thompson, a second-team All-MAC selection by the league's coaches, 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. Posey is tied for fifth in the nation (and leads the MAC) in pass breakups with 12. He has also recorded 38 tackles and had a 38-yard fumble return for touchdown against Wofford. Jackson, a second-team All-MAC selection by the league's coaches, 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.
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.