April 24, 2007
ATHENS, Ohio - Four 2006 Ohio football seniors have earned All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year honors from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Quarterback Austen Everson (Brentwood, Tenn.), linebacker Matt Muncy (Miamisburg, Ohio), defensive tackle Shane Yates (Martinez, Ga.) and tight end Corey Logan (Columbus, Ohio) were all honored for their work in the weight room.
The award, in its 28th year, recognizes the student-athlete's dedication to strength training and conditioning. This year, the NSCA honored 239 collegiate athletes from 165 schools.
Everson, a two-time Academic All-MAC honoree and team co-captain this past season, was selected for the award by Ohio Director of Strength & Conditioning Sonny Sano.
"Austen is one of the toughest and hardest working quarterbacks I have ever coached," said Sano. "Austen led the Bobcats to a MAC East Division title and to the first bowl game appearance since 1968. He has earned the Samurai Bobcat award and the Super Iron Bobcat award twice. He also excels in the classroom, as he was selected to the 2006 Academic All-MAC team."
In his final season under center, Everson set single-season career highs with 137 completions, 1,356 yards, seven touchdowns and a 54.2 completion percentage. He also ran for a career-high 357 yards, making him the team's second-leading rusher. In addition, Everson was a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's Draddy Trophy, one of the most prestigious academic awards in college football.
Muncy, a two-time first-team All-MAC selection and an All-MAC selection by Collegefootballnews.com, was nominated for this award by assistant strength coach Joe Fondale.
"Matt, who was a running back in high school, came to Ohio University weighing only 200 pounds," said Fondale. "Through hard work and dedication in the weight room, he has steadily improved his strength and speed while gaining a lean body mass to become a two-time first team All-MAC linebacker. Always a fierce competitor, he won the Super Iron Bobcat Award and was also a winner of the 2005 Ohio Football Samurai Bobcat competition."
Muncy finished the season ranked second on the team with 87 tackles. He also led the Bobcats with a career-high 17 tackles for loss, the third-best season total in school history. In addition, Muncy was fourth in the MAC and tied for 27th in the nation with 1.21 tackles for loss per game.
Yates, a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Second Team selection, was nominated by assistant strength coach Phil Sabatini.
"Despite all the injury problems he went through for six years at Ohio University, Shane became one of the strongest Bobcats," said Sabatini. "Always a vocal leader during tough conditioning sessions, he has contributed to the team on and off the field."
Yates, who started in all 14 games, registered 27 tackles this season. He also recorded 4.5 tackles for loss, including a sack.
Logan was nominated by assistant strength coach Jack Yelton. As a senior, Logan played in all 14 games for the Bobcats.
"Corey is an exceptional athlete who possesses power, strength and speed," said Yelton. "Since his freshman year, he has improved his bench and squat by over 100 pounds, clean and jerk by 90 pounds, vertical jump by four inches, all while adding 40 pounds of muscle."
The Ohio football team finished their spring practice season on Saturday, with the annual Green and White game. The team begins official fall preparation on Aug. 5, and the Bobcats will begin defense of their MAC East Division championship on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Peden Stadium versus Gardner-Webb.