October 6, 2014

Widener Football - Widener's Ryan O'Hara Named MAC Special Teams Player of the Week

Annville, PA (Oct. 6, 2014) – Widener junior kicker Ryan O’Hara (Royersford, PA/Spring-Ford) has been named the Middle Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for a second time and senior All-America Anthony Davis (Upland, PA/Chester) was picked to the league’s Honor Roll.

O’Hara went 5-for-6 on extra points and hit a 32-yard field goal in No. 18 Widener’s 44-0 triumph at Misericordia.  O’Hara, who also gained the honor September 16, also averaged 55.9 yards per kickoff over eight boots.

O’Hara has had yet another solid campaign in which he is seventh in the MAC with two field goals, second on the team with 25 points and has booted 19 extra points.  He also has averaged 58.2 yards on kickoffs this season with two touchbacks.

Davis kept rolling along Saturday with eight catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns.  The first half is when he really did his damage, getting six receptions for 131 yards in helping the Pride open a 37-0 halftime lead.

Last season's MAC Offensive Player of the Year, Davis now moves into a tie for seventh place in MAC history with 36 career touchdowns and is seventh in league annals with 216 career receptions.  He already is first in school history with 5,654 all-purpose yards, a record he achieved earlier this season in surpassing the legendary Billy “White Shoes” Johnson.  Davis also is tops with 69 kickoff returns, 1,561 kickoff return yards and in total receptions.

Davis this year is 15th in the country with 15.5 yards per punt return, second in the MAC with 93.8 receiving yards per game, second with 5.8 receiving yards per contest and tied for third with five receiving touchdowns.

Widener has been on a tear of late, off to its second 5-0 start (4-0 MAC) in the last three seasons.  The defense is first in the country with a 2.8 turnover margin (15:1), second with 50.8 rushing yards allowed per contest, fourth with 6.6 points allowed per contest, fifth with 205.0 yards of total offense yielded per game and fifth with 10 interceptions.

Coach Mike Kelly has five wins to open his Widener career, breaking the mark he previously shared with Bill Zwaan (1997) and Edwin Stearns (1902).  The school record for the longest unbeaten streak to begin a career is held by Dutch Sommer, who went 5-0-2 in his only season in 1913.

Widener has a bye next week before entertaining Wilkes on October 18 during Homecoming Weekend, starting at 1:00 pm.