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There was Solich's DUI that brought the wrong kind of
attention to Athens, and there was the nationally televised, very
bizarre overtime win over Pitt that had everyone talking. Now the program is looking to be
known for doing more on the field after a lousy final nine games of
the 2005 season.
There are improvements The running game was better, the
offensive line was far better in pass protection, and several young
players showed enough promise to suggest that 2006 could be the year
Ohio flirts with its first winning record since 2000. However,
there's still a lot of work to be done. A lot.
Head coach: Frank Solich
2nd year: 4-7
8th year overall: 62-26
Returning Lettermen: 50
Lettermen Lost: 14
Best Bobcat Players
1. LB Matt Muncy, Sr.
2. RB Kalvin McRae, Jr.
3. LB Tyler Russ, Sr.
4. WR Scott Mayle, Sr.
5. CB T.J. Wright, Sr.
6. OT Matt Coppage, Sr.
7. DE Jameson Hartke, Soph.
8. OG Matt Miller, Jr.
9. LB Michael Graham, Sr.
10. SS Todd Koenig, Sr.
at Northern Illinois
at Kent State
at Eastern Michigan
at Miami Univ.
2005 Record: 4-7
2005 predicted wins
at Northwestern L 38-14
Pittsburgh W 16-10 OT
at Virginia Tech L 45-0
Kent State W 35-32
at Bo Green L 38-14
at Central Mich
Toledo L 30-21
at Akron L 27-3
Miami Univ. L 38-7
The passing attack was
abysmal forcing an open audition for the starting job this year even
though Austen Everson started every game last season. There was no pass
rush from the defensive line, and the secondary was horrible despite
getting decent years from the safeties and having two good corners in
Dion Byrum and T.J. Wright. Worse yet, there appears to still be a long
way to go with all seven of last year's losses coming by nine points or
more. In other words, outside of the tremendous upset over Pitt and the
wins over the dregs like Kent State, Ball State and Buffalo, Ohio wasn't
This isn't a good enough team to challenge for the MAC East title, but
there should be plenty of improvement with 20 returning starters, a
great running game led by all-star back Kalvin McRae, and one of the
MAC's better linebacking corps.
A winning record would be a great second season for Solich to show that
things are pointed in the right direction with an eye one big 2007 when
the team will be even more loaded with experience.
It's harsh early on with three straight road games
including the MAC opener against Northern Illinois. Three of the four
conference home dates aren't going to be walks in the park with Buffalo
the only win the team can probably count on. The Bobcats probably don't
have the firepower to hang with Bowling Green, Western Michigan or
Akron, so there will have to be some road upsets along the way. That
could be tough with three road games in the final four dates.
Junior RB Kalvin McRae. He isn't going to make many highlight reels, but
he's a hard-nosed back who always gets the tough yards and is the
workhorse for the attack. If the passing game improves to take some of
the pressure off him, he has the potential to be a 1,500-yard back.
Defensive Player: Senior LB Matt Muncy. He's not going to win MAC
Defensive Player of the Year honors in a league with Central Michigan DE
Dan Bazuin, but he should be the best linebacker in the conference. He
can do everything from stop the run to rush the passer to make plays in
to a successful season: Senior QB Austen Everson. Or junior Brad
Bower, or sophomore Brandon Jones, or redshirt freshman Josh Febus. Ohio
doesn't have to challenge Hawaii and Texas Tech for the national passing
crown, but it does have to complete more passes and has to be far more
will be a success if ... The Bobcats win six games. That's a much, much bigger goal
than it might seem with a team that returns so much experience after a
four-win campaign. The overall talent level still isn't there compared
to the better MAC teams, and the schedule is a bear for a program trying
to quickly rise up.
Sept. 30 vs. Bowling Green. It'll be the first home game after three
straight road dates and the first game of the year against a MAC East
team. Ohio has to take advantage of every home game it has, especially
against division foes.
- Average yards per pass: Opponents 8.1 - Ohio 4.9
- Fourth down conversions: Opponents 53% (10-19) - Ohio 0% (0-5)
- Second half scoring: Opponents 167 - Ohio 59
The Last Time Ohio…
…played in a bowl game…1968 (Tangerine Bowl vs. Richmond)
…missed a bowl game…2005
…pitched a shutout…2004 (Buffalo)
…was shutout…2005 (Virginia Tech)
…scored 50 points…2002 (Kent)
…won a conference title…1968 (MAC)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…Never
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2005 (Kalvin McRae)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…Never
…had a first-round draft choice…1936 (T Art Lewis)