Frank Solich will not be the only familiar name on the field when Ohio University takes on Northwestern at 1 p.m. today on ESPNU.

Solich, the Bobcats’ first-year coach, has another western Pennsylvania product on his team. Nanty Glo native Todd Koenig is expected to see plenty of playing time as a safety against the Wildcats.

Koenig, a Bishop Carroll graduate, was The Tribune-Democrat’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2003. He was also a first-team all-state selection by The Associated Press and Pennsylvania Football News.

The 6-foot-2, 208-pound sophomore has impressed his new coach with his play in practice.

“He’s doing real well,” Solich said in a conference call this week. “We’ve been real pleased with Todd. Right now, he’s able to play either safety spot. We have three players that have come on and will get playing time. Todd is one of those guys. He’s a guy that runs well, has excellent strength and good size.”

Koenig was scheduled to red shirt last season but played in three games when injuries hit the Ohio secondary. He started against Kentucky and was credited with one tackle on the year.

Solich said he wouldn’t mind coming back to the Johnstown area to find some recruits.

“There is a chance of that,” he said. “We’ll try to go to areas where players have an interest in us.”

The former Nebraska coach is no stranger to the region.

“I was back there this past summer,” he said. “I had a chance to spend a few days there. Both of my parents are buried there and I do have some family in the Johnstown area.”

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