Belk Bowl: Cincinnati Bearcats at a glance

From staff reportsDecember 27, 2013 

  • 2013 results

    9-3 (6-2 AAC)

    August
    31PurdueW 42-7
    September
    7At IllinoisL 45-17
    14Northwestern StateW 66-9
    21At Miami (Ohio)W 14-0
    October
    5At South FloridaL 26-20
    11Temple W 38-20
    19Connecticut W 41-16
    30At MemphisW 34-21
    November
    9Southern Methodistl W 28-25
    16At Rutgers W 52-17
    23At HoustonW 24-17
    December
    5LouisvilleL 31-24 (OT)

PLAYER TO WATCH

Brendon Kay

Senior, quarterback

6-4, 228 pounds

Kay, a two-time American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, became the fourth quarterback in school history to pass for 3,000 yards. This season, he completed 68.6 percent of his attempts and threw for 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Kay finished the regular season with 3,121 yards passing.

One of the best games of Kay’s collegiate career came a season ago in the Belk Bowl. He threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns during the Bearcats’ victory against Duke. Kay’s four touchdown passes set a Belk Bowl record and he was named the game’s MVP.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Offense

LT Eric Lefeld, 6-6, 309, Jr.

LG Austen Bujnoch, 6-5, 290, Sr.

C Deyshawn Bond, 6-2, 287, Fr.

RG Sam Longo, 6-5, 305, Sr.

RT Parker Ehinger, 6-7, 292, Soph.

TE Blake Annen, 6-5, 250, Sr.

WR Max Morrison, 6-1, 173, Soph.

WR Shaq Washington, 5-9, 174, Jr.

WR Chris Moore, 6-1, 190, Soph.

QB Brendon Kay, 6-4, 228, Sr.

RB Ralph David Abernathy IV, 5-7, 161, Jr.

Defense

DE Silverberry Mouhon, 6-4, 248, Soph.

DT Jordan Stepp, 6-1, 285, Sr.

DT Adam Dempsey, 6-2, 285, Sr.

DE Terrell Hartsfield, 6-3, 246, Jr.

SLB Nick Temple, 5-10, 218, Jr.

MLB Greg Blair, 6-2, 252, Sr.

WLB Jeff Luc, 6-1, 251, Jr.

CB Deven Drane, 5-11, 187, Sr.

S Zach Edwards, 5-11, 186, Fr.

S Arryn Chenault, 6-0, 208, Sr.

CB Howard Wilder, 5-11, 180, Jr.

Special teams

K Tony Miliano, 6-2, 186, Jr.

P John Lloyd, 6-2, 237, Jr.

KR Ralph David Abernathy IV, 5-7, 160, Soph.

PR Anthony McClung, 6-0, 177, Sr.

BEST WIN

Cincinnati didn’t have a chance to play Central Florida, which won the AAC, and the Bearcats lost against Louisville, which finished second in the league. Cincinnati’s best win, then, likely came in a 24-17 victory at Houston, which finished fourth in AAC, one spot behind the Bearcats.

In the victory at Houston, Kay threw for 386 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran for another score. At the time, it was Cincinnati’s sixth straight victory, but that streak ended the next week with a 31-24 overtime loss against Louisville.

WORST LOSS

Cincinnati’s 45-17 loss at Illinois was bad in the second game of the season, but the 26-20 loss on Oct. 5 at South Florida was worse. Illinois finished 4-8 and near the bottom of its division in the Big Ten. The Bulls, meanwhile, won just two games overall, and their only conference victory came against the Bearcats.

The loss at USF came in Cincinnati’s first game after Ben Flick, a freshman offensive lineman, had been killed in a car accident. USF led 20-6 in the second quarter after scoring a touchdown off a Cincinnati fumble, and the Bearcats’ second-half rally fell short.

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