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Kevin Huber heading into rSr season: 2007: P 57-2672-46.9, 11 TB, 9 FC, 20 in 20, 0 blocked; First team All-Big East, STPOY...2006: P 2-101-50.5, 0 TB, 1 FC, 0 in 20, 0 blocked; Boomed two punts for a 50.5 yards per punt average in the International Bowl ... named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team ... Bearcat Honor Roll (Fall 2006, Winter 2007)...2005: P 5-166-33.2, 0 TB, 1 FC, 3 in 20, 0 blocked; Earned the punting role in the season opener... notched four punts for an average of 29.2 yards, having two efforts stop inside the 20... 2004: Redshirted.... Topcat Scholar (Winter 2005)...Bearcat Academic Honor Roll (Spring 2005)...C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll (2004-05).
Travis Kelce heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Chiefs' picks: Round 3/63 - Travis Kelce, TE, 6-5, 260, Cincinnati...The former high school quarterback is just developing as a tight end, but he can catch and he can block well enough to get plenty of snaps in coach Andy Reid's offense. The Chiefs say they aren't concerned about his 2010 suspension for a positive drug test. - The Sports Xchange
Connor Barwin heading into Sr season: 2008: Recipient of the Claude Rost Award, given to the team's Most Valuable Player...Earned Big East Conference Special Teams Player of the Week accolades vs. Marshal and was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll after the Eastern Kentucky, Rutgers and Pittsburgh clashes...Moved to the defensive line for his final season and was named one of the team's captains prior to the Oklahoma contest...Switched from jersey #89 to number 5, starting the first nine games at strong-side defensive end...Recorded 53 tackles (27 solos), as he led the team and Big East while ranking tied for seventh in the nation with 12.0 sacks for minus 74 yards...His 12.0 sacks rank third on the school single-season record list...Part of a defensive unit that ranked ninth nationally, as the Bearcats averaged 0.85 sacks per game through their first thirteen contests...Led the team, ranked second in the conference and tied for 28th nationally with 16.0 stops for losses totaling 92 yards... Registered a league-high 20 quarterback pressures and was third on the squad with eight pass deflections, the most of any Big East defensive lineman in 2008...Recovered three fumbles and leads the league with three blocked kicks...Helped the Wildcats rank 17th in the nation and second in the Big East, allowing only 104.00 yards per game rushing...The defense also ranked third in the league and 26th in the major college ranks, allowing 316.05 yards in total offense per game...Barwin made 50 of his plays vs. the run, holding the opposition to minus 15 yards (-0.30 ypc), the lowest rushing yardage total allowed by a Bowl Division defensive lineman in 2008...Also stopped ball carriers at the line of scrimmage for no gain on seven of those carries...Thirteen of his hits came on third-down running plays, collecting six stops inside the red zone, including four on goal-line plays...The Bearcats ranked 28th in the country and third in the Big East with a 112.92 pass defense efficiency rating...That was thanks to Barwin, who allowed only 2-of-32 passes targeted into his area (6.06 percent) to be completed for minus 11 yards (only player in college football to hold an opponent to minus yardage during the 2008 season)...Made 21 of his pass play stops on third-down snaps and also delivered six fourth-down hits...2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; Rec: 13-148-11.4-2; Saw action in all 13 games as a regular on special teams and alternate at the tight end position ... made a reception in three of the first four games ... Bearcat Academic Honor Roll (Winter 2007)...2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; Rec: 8-144-18-1; One of two first-year freshmen to see action on offense ... played in all 11 games as a backup tight end ... joined the basketball team in early January ... saw action in each of the final 16 games as a backup to the forward positions.
Jake Rogers heading into rSr season: 2010: Kicked a pair of extra points in the opener at Fresno State, running his career total to 270 points ... trails Jonathan Ruffin (1999-2002), who is UC's career leader with 315 points ... was his 150th extra point made and 153rd attempted, both already school records...2009: Converted 13 of 19 field goal attempts on the season (68.4 percent), including 5-7 from 30-38 yards, 4-6 from 40-49 yards, 0-2 from 50-plus yards out. His long kick was 47 yards. Rogers had 23 touchbacks in 92 kickoff attempts, one of the better percentages in the country. He also punted 43 times for 1,788 yards (41.6 average), with a long of 54 yards. He put 15 kicks inside the 20 yard line, forced fair catches on eight kicks and had three touchbacks and one blocked. 2008: Named a Lou Groza Award semifinalist ... named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week for the week ending on Nov. 30 ... connected on 16-of-22 field goals with a long of 54 yards ... made his first 11 field goal attempts of the season and 13 straight dating back to the 2007 season, tying the school record set by Jonathan Ruffin in 2002 ... converted 34-of-36 extra point attempts and finished with 81 points, which led the Bearcats and placed sixth in the BIG EAST ... booted a BIG EAST-long 54-yard field goal at Connecticut, which ranks as the third-longest kick in school history ... knocked through three kicks of 50 yards or more ... holds four of the Top 10 longest field goals in school history ... ranks sixth in school history with 27 made field goals ... seventh in UC annals with 165 career points ... 2007: Managed the placement and kickoff chores throughout the season ... tallied 13 touchbacks, including four in the Papajohns.com Bowl, along with two each against Marshall and Louisville ... shared the team lead with 84 points ... converted 51-of-54 PAT kicks ... good on 11-of-19 field goal tries, including 9-of-12 attempts from inside of 40 yards. 2006: Redshirted.
Isaiah Pead heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 2/50 - Isaiah Pead, RB, 5-10, 193, Cincinnati...The Rams finally made a commitment to address a complement to Steven Jackson, who will be 29 in July. Pead is viewed as a change-of-pace option behind Jackson and he is expected to contribute as a receiver. - The Sports Xchange
Jason Kelce heading into rSr season: 2010: 2010 All-BIG EAST Second Team...Kelce made the switch to center from guard late in camp and did not miss a beat, providing leadership for the entire offense. He made 11 starts and helped pave the way for UC’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2004, Pead...2009: Selected Second Team All-BIG EAST Conference by the BIG EAST head coaches. Hoffman, Jurek, Kelce and Linkenbach were part of a veteran offensive line that is a key part of the nation's No. 6 offense at 464.3 yards per game...2008: Made 13 starts at left guard ... helped the UC offense average 27.3 points and 375.3 yards of total offense per contest...2007: A former walk-on linebacker, who worked hard in the off-season to compete for a spot on the off ensive line ... challenged for the starting center duties during the preseason ... saw action at center and guard in nine contests ...2006: Redshirted.
Tony Pike heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite (Minus 14 pounds at weigh-in from listed weight/226)…2008: 12 GP; 10 GS; Rush: 56-47-0.8-1; Pass: 324-199-61.4-2407-19-11; Named to the all-BIG EAST second team … earned starting nod at quarterback against Miami (OH) after Dustin Grutza went down with an injury at Oklahoma … broke his non-throwing arm in the next game (Akron), returned as the starter at Connecticut … finished 20-for-28 in his second game back from injury, leading UC to a 24-10 win over No. 24/23 USF; threw two touchdowns and passed for 281 yards against the Bulls. 2007: 5 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 7-75-10.7-0; Pass: 20-11-55-91-1-3; 1 Sol-1 TT. 2006: Challenged for the backup quarterback role during preseason practice … did not see any game action. 2005: Redshirted… participated in preseason practice in 2004 and enrolled at UC in January of 2005… Bearcat Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2005).
Trevor Canfield heading into rSr season: 2008 Preseason: Suspended from team in February 2008 after being charged with felonious assault, hitting a man in the head with a glass bottle…the charges were later dropped...2007: Second team All-Big East at left guard...2006: Named a second team All-BIG EAST Conference selection...started 12 of 13 games at right guard...2005: Developed into a steady on the offensive line...appeared in the final eight games at right guard, making three starts...2004: Redshirted.
Derek Wolfe heading into Sr season: It wasn't a quiet draft in terms of trade activity for the Broncos; John Elway made two trades down and one trade up during his second draft as the Broncos' executive vice president. But the success of Denver's class -- which featuring three players who might contribute immediately -- will be defined by the player who will take the longest to develop: Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler. BEST PICK: Running back Ronnie Hillman: Doesn't fit the every-down, between-the-tackles template of running backs used by John Fox's offenses in Carolina and Denver, but his pass-catching ability out of the backfield and moves in space make him a nice fit for a Peyton Manning-led offense. - The Sports Xchange
Mike Mickens heading into Sr season: 2008: All-Big East Conference second-team selection...Semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award... Started eleven games at left cornerback, including the team's first ten contests...Suffered a left knee torn meniscus and cartilage damage vs. Louisville, undergoing arthroscopic surgery that would sideline Mickens for the final three regular season games...Still produced the fourth-best interception return yardage total (158) in school history, as one of his four pass thefts were returned for a touchdown...Deflected ten passes and ranked second on the team with 70 tackles (46 solos), including two stops for losses totaling 6 yards...Mickens started all 47 games that he played in for Cincinnati; 10 at right cornerback and 37 on the left side...Recorded 233 tackles (156 solos) with a 6-yard sack and eight stops for losses totaling 28 yards...Caused one fumble and recovered two others...Deflected 45 passes...Set the school career records with 14 interceptions for 296 yards in returns (21.14 avg), topping the old Bearcats marks of 12 thefts by Blue Adams (1998-2002) and 263 yards by Jocelyn Borgella (1990-93)...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 33 Sol-53 TT, 1 TFL, 6 INT, 6 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR; First team All-Big East. 2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 39 Sol-59 TT, 2.5 TFL, 1 SK, 3 INT, 15 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF; Second-team all-BIG EAST choice ... ended the campaign second in the BIG EAST and eighth nationally in passes defended (3 interceptions, 15 breakups) ... finished sixth on the team in tackles (59). 2005: 10 GP; 10 GS; 38 Sol-51 TT, 2.5 TFL, 1 INT, 14 PBU; Won the starting position at cornerback during preseason practice and became a mainstay in the secondary... earned second team Freshman All-American recognition by Football News and was named honorable mention Freshman All-American by The Sporting News... a second team All-BIG EAST selection... took home a share of the UC's Defensive Newcomer of the Year award... ended his rookie year second nationally in passes defended, averaging 1.5 per game... team's sixth-leading tackler with 51 stops... launched his career with a five-tackle performance in the season opener vs. Eastern Michigan.
Mardy Gilyard heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite...2008: 14 GP; 11 GS; Rush: 2-10-5-0; Rec: 81-1276-15.8-11; KR: 36-994-27.6-2; 1 Sol-1 TT; Named the 2008 BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year after a league-high 28.0-yard kickoff return average (11th in the country) and scoring two touchdowns on kickoff returns … named first-team all-BIG EAST as a wide receiver and on special teams … earned BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 8 and Nov. 9 … earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition three times (Sept. 29, Nov. 17, Nov. 30) … awarded a helmet sticker by ESPN’s College Gameday Final crew after his performance at No. 4/4 Oklahoma … team leader with 11 receiving touchdowns, tying him for sixth place in the single-season school record book … set a UC single-season record with 1,276 receiving yards (20th in the country) … ranks third in school history with 11 receiving touchdowns in a season … averaged a team-high 15.8 yards a catch … shattered the 28-year old UC school record for single-season kickoff return yards with 897 yards (652, Russell Cooper, 1980) … scored a 97-yard touchdown on a kick return at No. 4/4 Oklahoma, snapping UC’s 13-year, 145-game streak without a kickoff return for a touchdown … set a BIG EAST record with 246 yards on kickoff returns and had a school-record 365 all-purpose yards (119 receiving, 246 return yards) at No. 4/4 Oklahoma … hauled in seven catches for a season and career-best 158 yards and a touchdown in the FedEx Orange Bowl … also returned four kickoffs for 97 yards. 2007: 12 GP; 8 GS; Rec: 36-536-14.9-3; PR: 5-50-10-0 KR: 8-213-26.6-0; Returned to the team as a scholarship player after sitting out the 2006 season because of academic reasons … third on the team with 36 catches for 536 yards and three touchdowns … blocked punts in back-to-back games against Oregon State and at Miami (OH) … missed the regular season finale due to injury. 2006: Did not see any action while redshirting due to academic reasons…put full energies into work on the scout teams…winner of the Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Year Award…earned Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week four times for the Eastern Kentucky, Ohio State,Virginia Tech and Miami (Ohio) games. 2005: 8 GP; 0 GS; KR: 8-276-34.5-0; 6 Sol-7 TT; Emerged as a steady contributor, became a backup at cornerback and saw action as a kickoff return specialist. Personal: Brother, Addison Morgan, was a member of the Western Illinois football team.
Adrien Robinson heading into rSr season: COULD SURPRISE: Tight end Adrien Robinson: The Giants believe they have what Reese calls the "JPP (defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul) of tight ends" in Robinson. "He's very athletic. We think it's all in front of him," said Coughlin. - The Sports Xchange
DeAngelo Smith heading into rSr season: 2008: Named to the Phil Steele 2008 All-Big East Conference third-team...Started the first five games at free safety before shifting back to right cornerback for the rest of the season...Recorded 53 tackles (36 solos) with 3.5 stops for losses of 8 yards and a forced fumble... Tied for the team lead with ten pass deflections, adding two interceptions for 2 yards in returns...Had a kickoff return for an 8-yard loss and ranked fourth in the conference with 219 yards on 23 punt returns (9.5 avg)...Smith started 28 of 47 games at Cincinnati; 23 at right cornerback, five at free safety...Recorded 126 tackles (93 solos) with 7.5 stops for losses of 16 yards, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries...Gained 353 yards on 17 kickoff returns (20.76 avg) and 219 yards on 23 punt returns (9.5 avg)...Deflected 21 passes and intercepted 12 others for 179 yards in returns (14.92 avg) and two touchdowns...His 12 pass thefts rank 10th in Big East Conference history and tied Blue Adams (1998-2002) and Jocelyn Borgella (1990-93) for second on the school career record list behind Mike Mickens (14, 2005-08)...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; KR: 12-296-24.7-0; 39 Sol-49 TT, 2.5 TFL, 8 INT, 8 PBU, 2 FR, 2 FF; Second team All-Big East...2006: 13 GP; 1 GS; 17 Sol-23 TT, 1.5 TFL, 2 INT, 3 PBU, 2 FR; Made the first start of his career vs. Rutgers and was named BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week after returning an interception 84 yards for a touchdown and finishing with six tackles, one for loss, and a pass deflection ... competed as a backup at cornerback and an extra defensive back in passing situations ... recovered a pair of fumbles as a gunner on the punt team ... Special Teams Player of the Week for the Miami (OH) and Louisville games ... carded three hits and two pass breakups in the International Bowl ... Bearcat Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2006)...2005: 7 GP; 0 GS; 1 Sol-1 TT; Saw action in seven games, mostly as a member of the special teams...recorded a solo tackle vs. Western Carolina... Bearcat Academic Honor Roll (Spring 2006)...2004: Redshirted.
Corey Smith heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 39 Sol-80 TT, 6 TFL, 2.5 SK, 2 INT, 1 FR, 1 FF...2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; 34 Sol-60 TT, 9 TFL, 1 SK, 5 QBH, 1 FF; Delayed the start of his season because of a hamstring injury that sidelined him for most of the preseason ... ended the season fifth on the team in tackles (60) and third in TFLs (9) ...2005: 9 GP; 9 GS; 34 Sol-64 TT, 7 TFL, 1 SK, 1 PBU, 1 FF; Made an immediate impact as the team's third-leading tackler with 64 stops... captured the starting berth at outside linebacker during preseason drills.
Aaron Webster heading into Sr season: 2009 Texas vs the Nation Invite…2008: 14 GP; 9 GS; 30 Sol-60 TT, 2.5 TFL, 1 INT, 4 PBU; Earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 9 … started last nine games of the season at strong safety … played in all 14 games. 2007: 7 GP; 0 GS; 4 Sol-8 TT, 1 INT; Returned from an injury suffered during workouts for the 2007 International Bowl to compete in seven games … carded eight tackles … a backup safety and special teams player. 2006: 12 GP; 0 GS; 8 Sol-13 TT; Earned the team's Defensive Newcomer of the Year Award … saw extensive action in the final 11 games of the regular season as an extra defensive back in passing situations and on special teams … named to the Sporting News BIG EAST All-Freshman Team … missed the International Bowl because of an injury suffered during postseason preparations.
J.K. Schaffer heading into Sr season: 2010: Second-team All-Big East … Schaffer led the defense with his 111 tackles and 67 solo stops … Also added 9.5 tackles for a loss, five pass break ups, three sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception, and a quarterback hurry as a junior. 2009: Entered the starting lineup in the second game of 2009 and started the final 12 games at linebacker … second on the team with 100 tackles, ranking eighth in the BIG EAST Conference … made 10 stops against Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl … added 5.5 TFL, 3 INT, 3 PBU, and 1.5 sacks on the year. 2008: Played in 12 games as special teams ace … finished the season with 12 tackles.
Ryan Manalac heading into rSr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 50 Sol-76 TT, 5.5 TFL, 1 SK, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR, 2 FF...2006: 13 GP; 1 GS; 10 Sol-15 TT, 1 TFL, 0.5 SK, 2 PBU, 1 QBH; Started the opener at outside linebacker ... competed as a backup in the final 11 games ... a regular contributor on special teams ... Bearcat Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2006, Winter 2007)...2005: 11 GP; 2 GS; 11 Sol-22 TT, 1 PBU, 1 FR; Competed in all 11 games at middle linebacker, making starts vs. Western Carolina and at Miami (Ohio)... also appeared on several special teams... named to the BIG EAST Conference All-Academic Football Team... Topcat Scholar (Fall 2005)... Bearcat Academic Honor Roll (Winter 2006, Spring 2006)...2004: Redshirted...twice named scout team player of the week...C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll (2004-05)... Bearcat Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2004, Winter 2005).
Armon Binns heading into Sr season: 2010: Binns led the league in both receptions per game (6.2) and receiving yards per game (91.8). He caught 75 balls for 1,101 yards and a team-high 10 touchdowns. Binns became just the seventh UC receiver to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in a single season and closed out his Bearcats career with a reception in 25 straight games. He had six 100-yard games over the season...2009: Selected Second Team All-BIG EAST Conference by the head coaches...emerged as a great compliment to Gilyard during the season, grabbing 56 balls for 859 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was the second-leading receiver on the squad and averaged 71.6 yards per game and 15.3 yards per catch...2008: Played in nine games at wide reciever ... received starting nod at West Virginia ... recorded a 10-yard catch against Miami (OH)...2007: Competed in seven games as a true freshman on special teams and at wide receiver ... caught a nine-yard reception vs. Louisville.
Terrill Byrd heading into Sr season: 2008 Preseason: Suspended for first game of 2008 afer being cited for smoking marijuana in March. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 37 Sol-56 TT, 17 TFL, 8 SK, 6 QBH; First team All-Big East...2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 17 Sol-31 TT, 8.5 TFL, 3 SK, 4 QBH, 1 FF; First-Team All-BIG EAST Conference choice ... started every game, extending a string of 24 consecutive starts that he began as a true freshman ... recorded 8.5 tackles for loss and three sacks, ranking third and fourth, respectively ... 2005: 11 GP; 11 GS; 11 Sol-22 TT, 6.5 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 FR; Made a significant contribution to the Bearcat defense as a true frosh...shared the team Defensive Newcomer of the Year award...became a starter at defensive tackle almost upon his arrival in preseason practice...started all 11 contests and likely saw the most playing time of any of the defensive linemen...fifth in tackles for loss (6.5)...brother Tirrdell was a teammate and fellow starter on the defensive front at Colerain High.
Jeff Linkenbach heading into rSr season: 2008: Started all 14 games at left tackle ... helped the UC offense average 27.3 points and 375.3 yards of total offense per contest. 2007: Battled a nagging leg injury through much of the season... saw action in 11 games, including three as a starter ... moved from left to right tackle prior to the season opener ... returned to the starting lineup for the Papajohns.com Bowl victory over Southern Miss. 2006: Won the starting assignment at left tackle with his performance in preseason drills ... garnered UC's Offensive Newcomer of the Year Award ... named to The Sporting News' Big East All-Freshman Team ... Topcat Scholar (Fall 2006, Spring 2007). 2005: Redshirted... Topcat Scholar (Fall 2005)... Bearcat Academic Honor Roll (Winter 2006).
John Hughes heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Browns' drafts: Round 3/87 - John Hughes, NT, 6-3, 306, Cincinnati...Hughes gives the Browns depth behind starters Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor. - The Sports Xchange
Khalil El-Amin heading into rSr season: 2007: Started 11 games at right tackle...2006: Served as a backup to the offensive tackle positions ... injuries limited him to one game ... Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week for the Ohio State game... 2005: Saw action in six games...played extensively at right tackle vs. Rutgers in the season finale...earned his first letter... Bearcat Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2005)...2004: Redshirted... Bearcat Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2004).
D.J. Woods heading into Sr season: 2010: Second-team All-Big East … Second on the team with his 57 receptions for 898 yards (15.8 per) and eight touchdowns … Second in the BIG EAST in receiving yards per game (74.8) and third in receptions per game (5.3) … also added 153.4 all-purpose yards per game, which ranked second in the conference ... Covered 87 yards and two scores on 11 rushes (7.9 per), 146 yards on 19 punt returns (7.7 per), 728 yards on 32 kick returns (22.8 per) … 2009: Started 12 of 13 games at slot receiver ... tallied 51 catches for 540 yards (12.5 per) and four touchdowns ... also returned three punts for 45 yards with a long return of 27 yards. 2008: True freshman played in all 14 games, earning increased playing time as the season progressed ... made 14 catches for 168 yards (12.0 per) and worked into the fourth receiver slot on the depth chart ... totalled 113 yards on 12 punt returns (9.4 per).
Vidal Hazelton heading into rSr season: 2009: A transfer from USC that will sit out the 2009 season ... participated in spring football ... USC's leading receiver in 2007, but was hampered by injuries in 2008 ... had 57 catches for 586 yards and four touchdowns at USC...2008: Appeared in eight games, catching six balls for 38 yards for USC ...2007: Appeared in all 13 games in 2007, starting nine times ... had 50 receptions (second on USC) for 540 yards (10.8 avg.) and four TDs ...2006: A backup wide receiver as a freshman, his first year at USC ... appeared in 11 games (all but Nebraska and UCLA) ... caught an eight yard pass (against Washington).
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