Andrew Gillis | Assistant Sports Editor
Player to watch: Wide Receiver: Sebastian Smith
It would have been easy to select linebacker Quentin Poling, but Sebastian Smith might be the most important player on the Bobcats this season.
Named to the preseason Biletnikoff Award watch list, an award given to the nation’s best receiver, Smith is entering his senior season looking to break out on the national stage.
A strong senior season could net a mid-round draft pick for the 6-foot-3 senior, who will be the centerpiece of this year's passing attack.
Nick Kairys | For The Post
Player to watch: Libero: Erica Walker
Although it will be tough to replace the full-extension dives,
As a freshman, Walker appeared in all 33 matches last season and ranked third on the team in assists with 41 and fourth in digs with 270. Just like MAC opponents game-planned to hit away from Ashy throughout her tenure, Walker is becoming a defensive factor worth avoiding. With only one collegiate season under her belt, Walker already has the experience to prove it.
Jordan Horrobin | Staff Writer
Player to watch: Matt Rudin
No freshmen impacted Ohio as immediately or as significantly last season as forward Matt Rudin.
After splitting ice time early on, he rose quickly up the Bobcat depth chart and settled into a spot on the second line. When the top line had a gap, either due to a suspension or injury, he filled it.
Rudin has the potential to be on the top line consistently this year, but Ohio coach Sean Hogan wouldn't provide a guarantee. His offensive numbers, however, present a fair argument.
He tied for second on the team in goals with 18 and was fifth in points with 30. Look for Rudin to see more time on Ohio's top line, create highlight-worthy goals and possibly lead the team in points.
Janie Dulaney | For The Post
Player to watch: Kristen Buchanan
Kristen Buchanan is likely to be a clear-cut leader and set an example for a team with a lot of
Last season Buchanan racked up nine points and finished the season with seven assists, showing in her statistics that she is a “pass-first” player. Unselfish players often make the best leaders, exhibiting to both peers and underclassmen that a winning season means a season filled with selfless play.
Joe Cooke | For The Post
Player to watch: Ellen Isaac
Senior Ellen Isaac will aim to use her experience and credentials on the field to give the Ohio University’s women's cross country team sustainable success.
Isaac won Women’s Runner of the Year at the All-Ohio Cross Country Awards after finishing
With eight members of last year’s team graduated, Isaac must duplicate this production in her final collegiate year if the team wants to make a run in the MAC and NCAA tournament.
Jess Johnston | For The Post
Player to watch: Hailey Hrynewich
Keep an eye out for Hailey Hrynewich as the team starts the season in full swing.
Hrynewich, a senior, has a big season starting this fall with this year being her last to compete as a collegiate athlete. She hasn't missed
The Bobcats will start their season in early September.
Kellen Becoats | For The Post
Player to watch: Alexis Milesky
Anyone who has watched the team since coach Aaron Rodgers came to Athens is immediately drawn to Alexis Milesky's play.
Her attacking senses and intensity will only burn brighter for her senior season, and she is one of Ohio's only players that can create her own shot and actively makes defenses worry about her at all times.
She was second on the team in goals last season with four, and her relationship with her sister, Alivia — who will be a freshman with the Bobcats this season — could be underrated. Stephanie Rowland's loss will be huge for Ohio, but watch for Alexis Milesky to be the star in her final season in Athens.