Dec 2, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Ohio Bobcats head into the locker room prior to the game MAC Championship against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Penn State Preview: Who Are the Ohio Bobcats?

Tyler Tettleton will provide an early test for the new Penn State secondary. photo by: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Ohio AT Penn State
September 1, 2012
12:00 EST

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Head Coach: Frank Solich (108-59 career)

2011 Record: 10-4

2012 Record: 0-0

Returning 14 starters; 6 on offense, 8 on defense.

Key Players:

QB #4 Tyler Tellleton: Tettleton threw for 3,300 yards and 28 touchdowns last year while rushing for 658 yards and an additional 10 TDs.

WR #3 Donte Foster: OU’s leading returning wideout averaged 11.7 yards per catch last year with five touchdowns.

S #13 Gerald Moore: Defensive leader had 84 tackles and two interceptions in 2011.

DE #90 Tremayne Scott: Only 3.5 sacks but 62 tackles from the DE position is above solid.

SUMMARY:

There’s no hiding that Tyler Tettleton is the engine behind the Ohio Bobcats. As one of the best QBs in the MAC, Tyler will enter his second season as the starter with high expectations and plenty of experience. OU lost their top rusher (Donte Harden 1,035) and top two receivers (LaVon Brazill 1,146: Riley Dunlop 586) but with their spread attack, they have plenty of experienced bodies to fill in. The Bobcats return four receivers who had double digit receptions last season. That’s four more than Penn State returns.

Safety Gerald Moore is the veteran leader on a defense full of upperclassmen. The unit has plenty of experience at the outside linebacker spots but will be breaking in a new starting middle linebacker in Keith Moore. The starting LBs only average about 210 pounds, but they move very well.

A blogger from SI.com boldly predicts the Bobcats to finish 12-0.

Fun Facts:

  • Saturday will be the only game that OU plays on grass all season.
  • Ohio will likely start seven seniors on defense but only four on offense.
  • Tyler Tettleton threw for over 3300 yards last season as a sophomore. The career record at OU is 5,412 yards.
  • Ohio has been to four bowls in the last six seasons. Prior to that, they had been on a 37 year bowl-less drought.
  • Penn State and Ohio last played in 1974. PSU won 35-16.

 

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