CLEVELAND -- Eight student-athletes represented Ohio football on the 2019 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team, as announced by the league office today.
The following Bobcats earned recognition from the conference for their work both on the field and in the classroom: redshirt senior linebacker Austin Clack (Tipp City, Ohio), redshirt junior linebacker Dylan Conner (Fort Wayne, Ind.), redshirt junior defensive end Austin Conrad (LaGrange, Ohio), redshirt freshman linebacker Bryce Houston (Lewis Center, Ohio), redshirt senior long snapper Devin King (Thornville, Ohio), junior offensive lineman Brett Kitrell (Ashland, Neb.), senior linebacker Eric Popp (Loveland, Ohio) and senior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada).
A total of 148 student-athletes across MAC football were named to this year's squad.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.
Clack (finance major) earned Academic All-MAC Team selection for the fourth year in a row while Conner (biological sciences pre professional major), Conrad (marketing/business analytics major) and Popp (engineering technology & management major) all garnered recognition for the third-straight year. Kitrell (marketing major) and Rourke (physical activity & sport coaching major) were named to the Academic All-MAC Team for the second year in a row while Houston (management & strategic leadership/marketing/entrepreneurship major) and King (marketing major) both earned recognition for the first time in their careers.
Ohio (6-6, 5-3 MAC) has accepted an invitation to play in the 23rd Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Nevada (7-5, 4-4 MW). The game will be played on Friday, Jan. 3, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. MT, and the contest will be nationally televised on ESPN, with Anish Shroff, John Congemi and Kris Budden. The game can also be heard on the radio on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College, with "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Ohio alum Rob Cornelius on the call.