CLEVELAND -- Redshirt junior linebacker Dylan Conner (Fort Wayne, Ind.) of the Ohio football team has been named the Mid-American Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week, as announced by the league office today.
The Scholar Athlete of the Week Award is presented to a MAC male and/or female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during that week's competition. An institution can nominate up to one male and one female student-athlete per week in any of that current season's sports. The winners are selected by a representative of the MAC's Faculty Athletics Representatives (FARs).
Conner's selection gives the Ohio football team three MAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors for the 2019. Senior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) earned honors on both Sept. 19 and Oct. 31.
A biological sciences pre professional major, Conner helped Ohio (6-6, 5-3 MAC) clinch its 11th-straight year of bowl eligibility with a 52-3 rout of MAC East Division rival Akron on Nov. 26 at InfoCision Stadium in Akron. Conner finished with a team-high six total tackles, including a team-high five solo stops and a sack, as the Bobcats' defense produced the most dominant performance in the last 15 years under the leadership of head coach Frank Solich, limiting the Zips to just 74 yards of total offense and marking the first time an opponent has failed to reach 100 yards of total offense in the last 15 years. Akron's 33 passing yards marked the fewest by an Ohio opponent since the Bobcats held Wofford to zero passing yards in a 33-10 win on Sept. 4, 2010. The Zips' 41 rushing yards marked the fewest by an Ohio opponent since the Bobcats limited Akron to just 32 in a 49-28 win in the 2018 regular season finale on Nov. 23, 2018.
Ohio will learn its bowl fate on Sunday (Dec. 8).