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CLEVELAND -- Redshirt junior kicker/punter Michael Farkas (Mishawaka, Ind.) of the Ohio football team has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Week Three Special Teams Player of the Week, as announced by the league office today.
Farkas recorded six punts for 282 yards in a 45-31 loss to Virginia last Saturday (Sept. 15) at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. His longest punt went for 59 yards in the first quarter, and he also produced a 52-yard punt in the first quarter and a 57-yard punt in the fourth quarter, helping him average 47 yards per punt. Three of his six punts ended up inside Virginia's 20-yard line. Farkas also kicked off four times, with all four going for touchbacks for a 65-yard average. He successfully executed an onside kick in the second quarter that was recovered by junior linebacker Eric Popp (Loveland, Ohio). Two plays later, junior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) hit redshirt freshman Isiah Cox (Jasper, Ala.) for a 36-yard touchdown to cut Ohio's deficit to two touchdowns.
Farkas becomes the second Bobcat to be named MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week this season, joining redshirt junior kick returner DL Knock (Springboro, Ohio), who earned honors for week one. He earns MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time in his career and first time since Oct. 3, 2016.
Ohio (1-1) looks to get back in the win column this Saturday (Sept. 22) when it visits in-state foe Cincinnati (3-0). Kickoff is scheduled for noon EST at Nippert Stadium.
Saturday's contest between the Bobcats and the Bearcats will be broadcast live on ESPNU, with Mike Corey and Rene Ingoglia on the call. The game can also be heard on the Ohio IMG Sports Network. Russ Eisenstein returns for his 11th season as the "Voice of the Bobcats." Ohio alum Rob Cornelius, who has been a part of the broadcasts for close to two decades, is back in the booth. The 12-station network has an over-the-air coverage area that hits three states. In addition, the broadcasts are available online through OhioBobcats.com and TuneIn.com/OhioBobcats.com. They are also free on the TuneIn app.