Ohio running back Sieh Bangura (22) holds up four fingers to show how many touchdowns he has scored
Ohio running back Sieh Bangura (22) shows the number of touchdowns he has scored [Maria Monesi | WOUB]

Formerly injured Ohio University freshman comes back with with a bang

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ATHENS, Ohio — From a sudden early-season injury to now being named Mid-American Conference East Offensive Player of the Week.

Sieh Bangura, a redshirt freshman came into one of the deepest running back rooms in the MAC behind O’Shaan Allison and Julian Ross. Both of those players went down with an injury, so all eyes were on Bangura to fill those shoes.

Earlier in the season, Bangura hurt his foot, leaving him on the bench during Ohio University’s matchup against the Fordham Rams.

He had a slow return to the field once conference play began, against Kent State.

This past Saturday, Bangura was one of the leaders for Ohio bringing home their 55-34 win against the Akron Zips, with a lot of support from his family and friends over his shoulders.

“My mom, my No. 1 supporter, I love her to death,” Bangura said. “I have a whole bunch of people behind me, so it hasn’t been that hard.”

Ohio football Head Coach Tim Albin said he is happy for Bangura and that a bunch of family who showed up to the game seemed to be as well.

“He’s still got a little bruise on that foot. but he’s a tough young man and he’s got a bright future,” Albin said.

The Bowie, Md. native had a stellar performance and scored four touchdowns in the game. He led the team on the ground with three rushing touchdowns on 16 attempts, accumulating 90 yards. In the air, he made the most of his one reception, recording a touchdown and 25 receiving yards. 

Already halfway through the 2022 season, Bangura has shown no signs of slowing down.