2008 Ohio Bobcats Football Preview
Ohio Bobcats - Mid-American Conference (East)
2007 Ohio Record: (6-6, 4-4)
2007 Bowl: none
Ohio Football Head Coach: Frank Solich (19-18 at Ohio, 77-37 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Tim Albin
Defensive Coordinator: Jimmy Burrow
Other Key Returnees: G Mike Enon, DE Jameson Hartke, OT Josh Leuck, WR Chido Nwokocha, CB Julian Posey, WR Taylor Price, LB Lee Renfro, C David White
Key Losses: QB Brad Bower, DT Landon Cohen, LB Taj Henley, S Todd Koenig, RB Kalvin McRae, LB Jordan Meyers, OT David Shelby, DT Brett Sykes
In a wide open MAC East, Ohio hopes to claim another MAC title and solidify their spot as one of the best programs in the conference. But there are some big holes to fill and Coach Frank Solich needs to continue to improve a passing game that has been bad over the last few years.
Depth is a big concern on the defensive side of the ball, but if the Bobcats can stay healthy, they should be a pretty decent unit. The biggest questions are on the line where tackles Landon Cohen and Brett Sykes need to be replaced. Former end Ernie Hodge is moving to the inside and junior college transfer Corey Moncrief should do a decent job clogging up the middle. Senior Michael Brown will lead a deep and experienced group of linebackers, but it is the secondary that has the most talent. Corners Mark Parson and Julian Posey are underappreciated. Parson, a senior, has the experience and Posey showed signs of greatness as a freshman. With strong safety Michael Mitchell leading the way, the secondary should be very good.
The offense, and the entire team for that matter, depended on one player last year. Running back Kalvin McRae tallied 1,434 yards on the ground and made a total of 20 trips to the endzone. Just who is going to replace that production? Junior Chris Garrett and sophomore Vince Davidson have the unenviable task. While McRae was dominating, the passing game struggled, but it did not matter much then. Now it does and Theo Scott or junior college transfer Boo Jackson better become productive passers now that McRae is not around to bail them out. Scott split time with the departed Brad Bower last year. Scott has the experience in the system, but Jackson is a quality dual-threat quarterback as well and was very impressive during the spring.
The Bottom line for the Bobcats:
A few junior college transfers might be exactly what this team needs to fill in those major holes and compete for a conference title. There is also plenty of young talent ready to at least add some depth. If the passing game does indeed get better, wide receivers Taylor Price and LaVon Brazill will have a big year and so will the Bobcats.
2007 Ohio Bobcats Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 150.83 (58th in nation, 5th in conference)
Passing Offense: 213.67 (67, 8)
Total Offense: 364.50 (83, 8)
Scoring Offense: 30.50 (44, 4)
Rushing Defense: 186.42 (91, 8)
Pass Defense: 221.08 (47, 5)
Total Defense: 407.50 (74, 6)
Scoring Defense: 29.92 (81, 8)
Turnover Margin: .17 (39, 5)
Sacks: 2.17 (53, 3)
Sacks Allowed: 2.17 (72, 7)
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