Oct. 23, 2006
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Senior kicker Matt Lasher (Copley, Ohio) has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time in as many weeks and the third time this season.
Lasher contributed to the Bobcats' 42-7 victory versus Buffalo by going 6-for-6 on extra points and playing a key role in establishing field position for Ohio. Lasher punted just three times for 105 yards (35.0 per punt), but was able to pin the Bulls at the one-yard line with one of his punts On three punts and seven kickoffs, Buffalo had an average starting field position of their own 16-yard line following Lasher's 10 kicks.
On 81 kickoffs and punts through the first eight games, Bobcat opponents have an average starting field position of their own 22-yard line. Ohio has pinned its foes at-or-inside the 20-yard line on 47 of 81 opportunities, including at-or-inside the 10-yard line 12 times. In addition to his success in helping establish field position, Lasher has hit 7-of-12 field goal tries and 20-of-21 extra points this season.
Ohio has now had eight players win one of the MAC's weekly awards through the first eight games of 2006, including five special teams selections. Lasher has won the special teams honor three times, while and freshman punt returner Chris Garrett (Bristow, Va.) has been the division's top special teamer twice. Lasher is the East Division player to win a MAC weekly honor three times this season. The other players to earn the hat trick are Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe and Western Michigan's Ameer Ismail.
The Bobcats will play for a share of the MAC East Division lead at Kent State on Saturday, Oct. 28. The game starts at 2 p.m. and will be televised live on FSN Ohio. Following another road game at Eastern Michigan, Ohio will play its final game at Peden Stadium versus Akron on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call the Ohio Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-575-CATS.