Dec. 3, 2008
CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Ohio football squad had five student-athletes named to the All-Mid-American Conference Football teams, the league office announced Wednesday.
Ohio had three student-athletes named to the second team (senior defensive lineman Jameson Hartke, sophomore linebacker Noah Keller and senior offensive lineman Josh Leuck) and two to the third (junior safety Steven Jackson and senior tight end Andrew Mooney).
Hartke (Centerville, Ohio) had 52 tackles, eight tackles for loss (team-high), four sacks (team-high), one interception, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery this season after making the switch to defensive tackle from his defensive end spot. A captain on this year’s team, he finished second in school history for career sacks (17.5) and ninth for career tackles for loss (30.5).
Keller (Kearney, Neb.) was Ohio’s leading tackler this season with 104 stops (ninth in the MAC), the highest single-season school mark since linebacker Matt Muncy registered 115 in 2005. He also had five tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, two pass breakups and one forced fumble.
Leuck (Omaha, Neb.) posted the highest grade among Ohio’s regular rotation of offensive linemen at 88 percent. In a team-high 779 plays this season, he also posted a 74% technique grade, had 29.5 pancakes and 19 decleaters while allowing just three penalties, six quarterback pressures and five sacks.
Jackson (Austin, Tx.) posted 71 tackles (third-highest on the team) this season with two tackles for loss, two interceptions, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles (team-high). He was named MAC East Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 22 of this season.
Mooney (Lubbock, Tx.) had 27 catches for 287 yards and three touchdown receptions after missing three games with a knee injury. Last season, he set the school’s single-season touchdown reception mark with nine and his 12 career grabs tie him for second all-time in the category.