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3 players to watch: Ohio


Toledo players run on the field before a game against Northern Illinois on Nov. 2. The Rockets travel to Athens to play the Ohio Bobcats on Wednesday.

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Toledo travels to Ohio on Wednesday to take on the Bobcats in a Mid-American Conference showdown. Ohio is tied for the lead in the MAC East Division at 4-1 while Toledo tops the MAC West at 5-0. Here are three players to watch for Ohio:

Nathan Rourke, QB — The sophomore signal-caller has been a menace for opposing defenses through the air and on the ground with his rushing and is racking up some gaudy statistics. Rourke, the ultimate dual-threat quarterback, has 1,504 yards passing and 13 touchdowns along with 553 rushing yards and a MAC-high 16 rushing touchdowns. In a recent win against Miami, Rourke passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 53 yards and three touchdowns.

A.J. Ouellette, RB — Ouellette is the Bobcats’ leading rusher this season and ranks third in the MAC at 91.9 yards per game. His 5.9-yards-per-carry mark is one of the highest in the conference. He has 827 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Ouellette has four 100-yard rushing performances this season, with a season-high 140 yards coming in a win against Eastern Michigan.

Quentin Poling, LB — Poling leads the Bobcats with 80 tackles, which is the third-most in the MAC. He also leads Ohio with 8.5 tackles for loss. In a game against Bowling Green, Poling recorded 10 tackles, a sack, and two tackles for loss. A first-team All-MAC performer last season, Poling is the quarterback of the defense from the inside linebacker position.

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