2018 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

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2018 Cincinnati Bearcats football
Cincinnati University Bearcats textlogo.svg
Military Bowl champion
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
DivisionEast Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 23
APNo. 24
2018 record11–2 (6–2 The American)
Head coachLuke Fickell (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Denbrock (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorMarcus Freeman (2nd season)
Home stadiumNippert Stadium
(Capacity: 40,000)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 11 UCF x$   8 0         12 1  
Temple   7 1         8 5  
No. 24 Cincinnati   6 2         11 2  
South Florida   3 5         7 6  
East Carolina   1 7         3 9  
UConn   0 8         1 11  
West Division
Memphis xy   5 3         8 6  
Houston x   5 3         8 5  
Tulane x   5 3         7 6  
SMU   4 4         5 7  
Navy   2 6         3 10  
Tulsa   2 6         3 9  
Championship: UCF 56, Memphis 41
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of May 19, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll.

The 2018 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bearcats play their home games at Nippert Stadium, and are members of the East Division in the American Athletic Conference. They are led by second-year head coach Luke Fickell.

Previous season[edit]

In 2017, the Bearcats were led by first-year head coach Luke Fickell, who was hired to replace Tommy Tuberville. The Bearcats finished with a 4–8 (2–6 AAC) record, missing a bowl game for the second-straight season.

Recruits[edit]

The Bearcats signed a total of 23 recruits.

Incoming transfers[edit]

Cincinnati added five transfers to the 2018 roster.

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Prev. School
Dino Boyd OT 6'4" 300 Senior Newark, NJ Rhode Island
Darius Harper OT 6'7" 325 Sophomore Springfield, OH Miami (OH)
Aulden Knight WR 5'9" 162 Sophomore Akron, OH Hampton
Tinashe Bere LB 6'1" 235 Senior Cincinnati, OH Duke
Cam Jefferies CB 5'10" 188 Junior Painesville, OH Bowling Green

Preseason[edit]

Award watch lists[edit]

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Nagurski Trophy[1] Marquise Copeland DT SR
Outland Trophy[2]
Wuerffel Trophy[3] Garrett Campbell OL SR
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award[4] Hayden Moore QB SR

AAC media poll[edit]

The AAC media poll was released on July 24, 2018, with the Bearcats predicted to finish fourth in the AAC East Division.[5]

Media poll (East)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 UCF 175 (25)
2 USF 140 (5)
3 Temple 132
4 Cincinnati 91
5 UConn 51
6 East Carolina 41

Schedule[edit]

The Bearcats' 2018 schedule will consist of six home games and six away games. Cincinnati will host two of its four non-conference games; against Alabama A&M from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and Ohio from the Mid-American Conference. They will take on long time rival Miami (OH) for their annual Victory Bell game at Paul Brown Stadium.[6] They will travel to UCLA for the first ever meeting between the Bearcats and Bruins.

The Bearcats will play eight conference games; hosting East Carolina, Navy, South Florida and Tulane. They will travel to UCF, UConn, SMU, and Temple.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 17:00 p.m.at UCLA*ESPNW 26–1754,116
September 88:00 p.m.vs. Miami (OH)*ESPN3/FOX 19W 21–016,062
September 157:00 p.m.Alabama A&M*
ESPN3W 63–728,834
September 2212:00 p.m.Ohio*
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPNUW 34–3035,220
September 293:30 p.m.at UConnCBSSNW 49–720,322
October 612:00 p.m.Tulanedagger
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPNUW 37–2132,200
October 2012:00 p.m.at TempleNo. 20ESPNUL 17–24 OT33,026
October 273:30 p.m.at SMUCBSSNW 26–20 OT16,121
November 33:30 p.m.Navy
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPNUW 42–036,318
November 107:00 p.m.South FloridaNo. 25
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPNUW 35–2329,310
November 178:00 p.m.at No. 11 UCFNo. 19ABCL 13–3847,795
November 233:30 p.m.East Carolina
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
CBSSNW 56–621,230
December 3112:00 p.m.vs. Virginia Tech*ESPNW 35–3132,832
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summaries[edit]

at UCLA[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 0 17 0 9 26
Bruins 10 0 7 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

vs. Miami (OH)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 7 0 0 14 21
RedHawks 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
56–59–7 2017 CIN, 21–17

Alabama A&M[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 0 7 0 7
Bearcats 28 14 14 7 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2015 CIN, 52–10

Ohio[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 14 10 3 3 30
Bearcats 0 7 14 13 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–23–4 1981 CIN, 19–9

at UConn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 7 14 21 7 49
Huskies 7 0 0 0 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–3 2017 CIN, 22–21

Tulane[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Green Wave 7 7 0 7 21
Bearcats 3 21 6 7 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–11 2017 CIN, 17–16

With the win, the Bearcats not only stayed unbeaten, they also became Bowl-eligible for the first time since 2015.

at Temple[edit]

1 2 3 4OT Total
No. 20 Bearcats 7 3 7 00 17
Owls 10 0 0 77 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–12 2017 TEMP, 35–24

at SMU[edit]

1 2 3 4OT Total
Bearcats 7 0 10 36 26
Mustangs 7 0 7 60 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2017 SMU, 31–28

Navy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Midshipmen 0 0 0 0 0
Bearcats 7 21 7 7 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 2017 NAVY, 42–32

South Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 9 7 7 0 23
No. 25 Bearcats 7 7 21 0 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–7 2017 USF, 33–3

at UCF[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 19 Bearcats 6 0 0 7 13
No. 11 Knights 7 14 7 10 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2017 UCF, 51–23

East Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 6 0 0 6
Bearcats 21 21 7 7 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–13 2017 ECU, 48–20

vs. Virginia Tech (Military Bowl)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 7 7 7 14 35
Hokies 7 7 10 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–6 2014 VT, 33–17

Personnel[edit]

Roster and staff[edit]

2018 Cincinnati Bearcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Kahlil Lewis Sr
RB 3 Michael Warren II So
RB 5 Tavion Thomas Fr
QB 6 Ben Bryant Fr
WR 7 Javan Hawes So
QB 8 Hayden Moore Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 9 Desmond Ridder Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 10 Charles McClelland Fr
QB 10 Jake Sopko Redshirt.svg So
TE 11 Leonard Taylor Fr
WR 12 Alec Pierce Fr
WR 13 Trent Cloud Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 14 Yanez Rogers Fr
RB 15 Taylor Boose Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 16 John Keller Fr
WR 17 Rashad Medaris Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 18 Meechi Harris Fr
WR 19 Tyrin Summers Redshirt.svg So
WR 20 Aulden Knight So
WR 21 Jayshon Jackson Fr
RB 23 Gerrid Doaks Redshirt.svg So
WR 25 Casey Kirk Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 26 Jerron Rollins Jr
RB 29 Alex Dowds Fr
RB 30 Michael Kopaygorodsky Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 41 Colin Thurman Fr
TE 44 Mick Oakes Fr
OL 50 Dylan O'Quinn Fr
OL 51 Lorenz Metz Fr
OL 53 Tyler McGarr Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 54 Keith Minor Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 55 Alex Heil Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 56 Kyle Trout Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 58 Darius Harper So
OL 59 Colin Truett Fr
OL 60 Zach Bycznski Redshirt.svg So
OL 62 Mason Garrison Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 65 Cody Lamb Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 66 Ethan Voelker Fr
OL 68 Doug Bates Redshirt.svg So
OL 70 Jakari Robinson Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 71 Colin Woodside Fr
OL 72 Garrett Campbell Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 73 Blake Yager Jr
OL 74 Jeremy Cooper Fr
OL 75 Chris Ferguson Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 76 Dino Boyd Sr
OL 77 Vincent McConnell Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 78 Morgan James Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 79 Drew Hartmann Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 80 Malick Mbodj Redshirt.svg So
TE 81 Josh Whyle Fr
TE 82 Wilson Huber Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 83 Josiah Deguara Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 84 Wyatt Fischer Fr
WR 85 Thomas Geddis Jr
WR 86 Jack Peterson Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 87 Bruno Labelle Redshirt.svg So
WR 88 Braxton Neal Jr
WR 89 Jake Peterson Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 2 Tyrell Gilbert Redshirt.svg Sr
S 3 Ja'von Hicks Fr
LB 4 Malik Clements Sr
LB 6 Perry Young Jr
CB 7 Coby Bryant So
LB 8 Jarell White So
CB 9 Arquon Bush Fr
CB 10 Christian Angulo Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 11 Bryan Wright Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 12 TJ Johnson Redshirt.svg So
LB 13 Ty Van Fossen Fr
CB 14 Cameron Jeffries Jr
CB 15 Taj Ward Fr
S 16 Darrick Forrest So
CB 18 Josiah Robey Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 19 Ethan Tucky Redshirt.svg So
DE 21 Myjai Sanders Fr
S 22 Collin Widecan Redshirt.svg So
LB 23 RJ Potts Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 24 Noah Hamlin Redshirt.svg Fr
S 27 Will Adams Fr
S 30 Chris Murphy Redshirt.svg Sr
CB 31 Marquis Smith Redshirt.svg So
S 32 James Wiggins Redshirt.svg So
DE 33 Blake Bacevich Fr
LB 34 Kyle Bolden Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 35 Ryan Royer Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 38 Jake Tewart Fr
LB 40 Ty Sponseller Redshirt.svg So
LB 41 Joel Dublanko Redshirt.svg So
DE 42 Malik Vann Fr
DE 43 Michael Pitts Redshirt.svg So
DT 44 Marquise Copeland Sr
LB 47 Nate Lawler Fr
LB 48 Kevin Mouhon Redshirt.svg Sr
DE 51 Kimoni Fitz Sr
DL 52 Daeshon Martin Fr
DE 86 Angelo Howze Redshirt.svg Fr
DT 89 Nick Staderman Redshirt.svg So
DT 90 Jabari Taylor Fr
DT 92 Curtis Brooks Redshirt.svg So
DT 93 Elijah Ponder Redshirt.svg So
DT 94 Chase Brown Fr
DT 95 Joe Schroer Redshirt.svg Jr
DT 96 Cortez Broughton Sr
DE 97 Zane Wilson Fr
DE 98 Mychal Keys Fr
DT 99 Marcus Brown Redshirt.svg So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 19 Cole Smith Fr
P 37 James Smith So
LS 57 Cory Armstrong Redshirt.svg So
LS 59 Zach Wood Redshirt.svg Jr
LS 74 Blake Bammann Fr
K 97 Ryan Jones Jr


Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Mike Denbrock (Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends)- 2nd year
  • Marcus Freeman (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)- 2nd year
  • Brian Mason (Special Teams Coordinator)- 1st year
  • Ron Crook (Offensive Line)- 2nd year
  • Gino Guidugli (Quarterbacks)- 2nd year
  • Mike Mickens (Cornerbacks)- 1st year
  • Doug Phillips (Running Backs)- 2nd year
  • Joker Phillips (Wide Receivers)- 2nd year
  • Jon Tenuta (Safeties)- 2nd year
  • Steve Stripling (Defensive Line)- 4th year
  • Brady Collins (Director of Football Sports Performance)- 2nd year

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

Depth chart[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR RV RV 25 20 RV RV 25 19 RV RV RV 24 
Coaches NR NR RV RV RV RV 25 21 RV RV 23 20 RV RV RV 23 
CFP Not released NR NR 24 NR NR NR Not released

Awards and milestones[edit]

2019 NFL Draft[edit]

The following Bearcat player was selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Rnd. Pick # NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
7 242 Los Angeles Chargers Cortez Broughton  DT Cincinnati The American

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST UNVEILED". Sportswriters.net. FWAA. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  2. ^ "2018 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST UNVEILED". Sportswriters.net. FWAA. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Wuerffel Trophy Unveils 2018 Watch List". July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Watch List for 2018 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award ® Presented by A. O. Smith Announced". August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "UCF Tabbed as Favorite in 2018 Preseason Media Poll". TheAmerican.org. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  6. ^ Clark, Dave (11 September 2017). "UC Bearcats, Miami RedHawks extend rivalry through 2029". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "American Athletic Conference Football Report" (PDF). American Athletic Conference. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "James Smith Named Ray Guy Award Finalist". GoBearcats.com. Retrieved 21 January 2019.