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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 Kays collegiate career came a season ago in the Belk Bowl. He threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns during the Bearcats victory against Duke. Kays four touchdown passes set a Belk Bowl record and he was named the games MVP.
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.
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.
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.
Cincinnati didnt have a chance to play Central Florida, which won the AAC, and the Bearcats lost against Louisville, which finished second in the league. Cincinnatis 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 Cincinnatis sixth straight victory, but that streak ended the next week with a 31-24 overtime loss against Louisville.
Cincinnatis 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 Cincinnatis 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.