Dec. 10, 2009
ATHENS, Ohio-Ohio kicker Matt Weller was named to two Freshman All-America squads this week. Weller was the first Bobcat player named to such a team since Chris Garrett’s and Ernie Hodge’s selections by The Sporting News in 2006.
The redshirt freshman product of Twinsburg, Ohio was named to CollegeFootballNews.com’s second team and Phil Steele’s third team. This season, Weller has made 20 field goals, the most of any freshman nationally and connected on 50 and 52-yard kicks against Connecticut and Ball State, respectively. He is tied for 17th nationally in field goals per game (1.54) and earned first team All-MAC honors a week ago. The 20 field goals is also tied with Michael Braunstein’s single-season school record, which was set in 2007.
Weller also claimed first team all-league honors in Phil Steele’s Postseason All-MAC team, as did Chris Garrett (kick returner), LaVon Brazill (punt returner) and Noah Keller (linebacker).
Wide receiver Taylor Price and linebacker Lee Renfro were named to the second team, while left tackle Chris Rodgers and defensive end Dak Notestine were Ohio’s representatives on the third team. Brazill also made Steele’s fourth team at wide receiver, as did center David White and right tackle Joe Flading.
Ohio, who went 9-4 this season en route to the MAC East title, will face Marshall in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Saturday, December 26 at 1 p.m. The game will be held in Ford Field and will be televised nationally on ESPN by Pam Ward and Ray Bentley. It will be the Bobcats’ 23rd appearance on ESPN’s Family of Networks in head coach Frank Solich’s tenure in Athens.