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Seven Bobcats Named Phil Steele All-MAC

Tyler Tettleton

Dec. 12, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio - Seven Ohio University football players were named to the 2012 Phil Steele Postseason All-Mid-American Conference team on Tuesday. The Bobcats placed a pair of individuals on the First and Second Teams and three on the publication's Third Team.

Senior offensive lineman Eric Herman (Oregon, Ohio) and junior running back Beau Blankenship (Norman, Okla.) both earned First Team honors. Junior quarterback Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) and senior center Skyler Allen (Mechanicsville, Va.) both received Second Team nods, while senior defensive lineman Neal Huynh (Altoona, Pa.), senior place kicker Matt Weller (Twinsburg, Ohio) and senior returner Ryan Clark (Macedonia, Ohio) each earned Third Team recognition.

Blankenship, who was named to the All-MAC Second Team in November, added to his list of postseason accolades after he had a breakthrough season for the `Cats in 2012 as he set the school's single-season rushing record. In 2012, Blankenship rumbled 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 Phil Steele All-League consideration after he logged another successful season at right guard. Throughout his career in Athens, Herman proved to be one of the most consistent players in school history at the position. 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.

Tettleton gained Second Team recognition following a 2012 campaign that saw him pass for over 2,500 yards for the second-consecutive season to become the only quarterback to throw for over 2,500 yards in back-to-back seasons. He also threw 16 touchdowns in 2012 to become the first quarterback in school history to post back-to-back seasons with 15 touchdowns-or-more. In 2012, Tettleton became Ohio University's all-time career leader in attempts, completions, passing yards and touchdowns.

Allen received Second Team All-Conference recognition from the publication 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.

Huynh earned Third Team honors after he led the team with 8.0 tackles for loss. He also registered a team-best 2.5 sacks.

Weller was named Third Team recording another strong season as the `Cats primary place-kicker. In 2012, the 12-time MAC Player of the Week went 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.

Clark was the second Bobcat special teamer to earn Third Team honors after he averaged 8.1 yards per return, which ranked sixth in the MAC. His 25 returns were the most in the league, while his 203 return yards were third in the league.

Ohio concludes its 2012 season on Friday Dec. 28 as it faces off against Louisiana-Monroe in the 2012 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.