Sept. 15, 2006
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Ohio quarterback Austen Everson was named Mid-American Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week following his breakout performance in the Bobcats' win at Northern Illinois on Sept. 9.
It was the second time in his career that Everson has earned the league's weekly academic award. Everson was also an Academic All-MAC selection following the 2005 season.
Everson completed 23-of-31 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns, all career bests, against the Huskies. It was the first 300-yard passing performance by a Bobcat quarterback since Sam Vink threw for 310 yards in 1993. It was the most yards passing for an Ohio player since Dennis Swearingen went for 355 in 1985.
Everson's 322 yards were the sixth most in school history, while his 23 completions are tied for eighth on the Bobcat single-game ledger. Everson's 74.2 completion percentage was the sixth-best in school history among quarterbacks with at least 10 attempts, and the highest ever by a Bobcat with at least 30 attempts.
Everson's 363 yards of total offense were a career high and ranked fifth on the Ohio single-game ledger.
Everson and the Bobcats play their second of three straight road games on Sept. 16 at Rutgers. Ohio returns home on Sept. 30 to face MAC rival Bowling Green at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 1-800-575-CATS.