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2022 MAC Coach of the Year Tim Albin enters his third season as head coach of Ohio football after being promoted to head coach on July 15, 2021.
The Bobcats recently wrapped up their fourth 10 win season in program history, capping it off with an overtime victory in the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl. Albin was named the 2022 MAC Coach of the Year, and quarterback Kurtis Rourke was named league MVP after setting the school record for passing yards and touchdowns in a single season. Running Back Sieh Bangura was named MAC Freshman of the Year after rushing for over 1000 yards and 13 TD.
Albin joined the Ohio Football coaching staff as offensive coordinator on Jan. 4, 2005, reuniting with Frank Solich after four seasons together at Nebraska. The 2023 season will mark Albin’s 19th year in Athens. Since his arrival in Athens, Albin has produced offensive units that have consistently ranked among the top of the Mid-American Conference. He also has directed an offensive attack that has practically rewritten all of Ohio’s rushing, passing records, and scoring records. In the past 10 seasons, Albin’s offensive units rank No. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 on the Ohio all-time Top 10 single season scoring list. The Bobcats 368 points in 2016 rank fourth on the all-time list.
In 2016, the Bobcats had the most pass attempts (458) and second-most compltetions (250) in school history. THe offense totaled 5,492 yards of total offense which is third all-time at Ohio. The Bobcats also compiled the second-most pass yards in school history (3,142) and the fourth most touchdown passes (22). In 2015, the offense totaled 5,378 yards, which ranks third all-time in program history. The Bobcat quarterbacks passed for 3,026 yards, which ranks third all-time in program history as well. In 2014, the offense totaled 4,443 yards of offense which ranked fifth all-time in program history. The combination of Derrius Vick and JD Sprague proved to be dynamic through the air as the quarterbacks combined to pass for 2,474 yards for the season which is sixth all-time in program history. The Bobcat offense found a balanced attacked with AJ Ouellette in the backfield. The freshman ran for 785 yards ranking him only behind Kareem Wilson for most yards on the ground for a freshman.
In 2013, under Albin’s watchful eye, Ohio’s offensive attack averaged 379.4 yards per game and surpassed 400 yards of total offense in seven games during the 2013 campaign. The Bobcats closed the year with 4,932 yards of total offense.
The 2013 campaign also marked the final season of Ohio’s most prolific offensive trio in school history as quarterback Tyler Tettleton, running back Beau Blankenship and wide Donte’ Foster all concluded their respective collegiate careers. Albin recruited all three players and all three players flourished in his offensive scheme. At the end of their respective careers, Tettleton, Blankenship and Foster accounted for over 25,000 yards of total offense and 128 touchdowns. Tettleton finished his career at Ohio with 27 school records and once again passed for over 2,500 yards through the air. He is the only quarterback in school history to pass for over 2,500 yards in three-consecutive seasons. Blankenship closed his senior campaign with 910 yards rushing and five touchdowns. He finished his career fifth on the all-time rushing list with 2,976 yards. Foster concluded his senior campaign with his best single-season of his career as he finished with 1,018 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. The Guthrie, Okla., native became just the second wide receiver in school history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving. He also finished his career with the most all-time touchdown receptions (21). Following the year, Foster was selected to the All-MAC Second Team.
In 2012, Albin’s offensive unit that accounted for 5,782 yards. In fact, Ohio was one of just four teams in the Mid-American Conference to post 5,500-yards or more of total offense in 2012 (Northern Illinois, Ball State and Toledo). Ohio had seven games in which it surpassed 450 yards of total offense. Albin’s offensive unit played a major role in Ohio’s 45-14 victory in the Advocare V100 Independence Bowl. In the win, the Bobcats’ 556 yards of total offense served as an Independence Bowl record, while their 45 points tied the Bowl record. Following the game, Blankenship and Tettleton were named Co-Offensive Most Valuable Players of the Independence Bowl. Ohio’s 2012 offensive unit averaged over 30 points per game for the second straight season and the third time in the last six years. In addition, the Bobcats scored 40-or-more points in four different games. The 2012 campaign also saw Blankenship rush for a single-season school record 1,604 yards and 15 touchdowns. He became the eighth running back in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season. Following the year, Blankenship was named All-MAC Second Team. Offensive lineman Skyler Allen and Eric Herman joined Blankenship on the All-MAC Second Team. Since taking over as offensive coordinator in 2005, Albin has coached 26 All-MAC players and All-Americans LaVon Brazill (2009) and Joe Flading (2011).
Ohio's Peden Stadium, was named after former Bobcat head coach Don Peden. A coach and director of athletics at Ohio University for 27 years, he was one of the founders of the Mid-American Conference and a national force in intercollegiate athletics, especially football and baseball.
The stadium, then known as the Ohio University's Athletic Plant, was built in 1929 with two side units that seated 12,000 people. In 1986, major renovations enlarged the permanent seating capacity to 19,000. The stadium, in it's original form, was built at a cost of $185,000 and was dedicated in 1929 with a 14-0 victory over Miami. As Ohio's coach from 1924-46, Peden led his teams to 121 wins in 178 games, a record that still stands as the school's best.
In 2001, a $2.8 million project removed the track, lowered the playing surface and increased the capacity to 24,000. Approximately 2,000 lower-level, bleacherback seats - called the Phillips Club - were added to bring fans closer to the action. Landscaping enhancements created seating for the Marching 110 at the north end zone and Victory Hill, a grass berm for overflow seating, at the south end of the field. A FieldTurf surface was installed in 2002, and in 2003, an upgraded scoreboard featuring a large video screen for replays and graphics was added.
In its 77th season hosting the Bobcats, the stadium underwent an ambitious makeover in 2005. The athletic training facility was renovated and expanded to include a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy room. Meeting space on the second floor was expanded and improved. Each position group meets in their own individual meeting room that is outfitted with the football industry's most advanced and innovative digital video technology to better assist in the areas of scouting, game film analysis and game preparation. A large team auditorium where the entire team can gather and be addressed by Coach Albin was built to aid in communication between players and coaches.