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Name: Desmond Ridder 
College: Cincinnati     Number: 9
Height: 6-3   Weight: 215
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: rJr/2022

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 Data Scout Notes: 2019: POBrien...AAC ROY w/194-311-2468-20-5-62.4 pass, 150-573-3.8-5 rush in 12 sts, 13 gms in '18. Redshirted in '17.

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  11/25/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  The last time Cincinnati played at UCF, Ridder completed just 42% of his passes (11 of 26), lost three fumbles and failed to get into the end zone in a 38-13 loss. Two years later, Ridder put that game way back in his rearview mirror, completing 21 of 32 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns. Ridder added two more scores on the ground. The former Louisville St. Xavier standout now has accounted for 21 touchdowns (10 passing, 11 rushing) in the last five games.

"The guy never ceases to amaze us," Fickell said. "I love it when people start to doubt him or start to question what he is doing or how good he is or can he really throw the football. All those things, all that does for him is just make him better because it locks him in, it focuses him." Ridder completed a pass to eight different teammates on Saturday, including a combined 11 receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns to his two tight ends, Leonard Taylor and Josh Whyle. But most importantly, Ridder, again, had zero turnovers. - Cincinnati Enquirer


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  11/23/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  NOV 23 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Jr., QB, Louisville Ky.,...Ridder was responsible for four touchdowns and had 395 yards of total offense to help Cincinnati remain unbeaten with a 36-33 win at UCF, which had won 23 of its last 24 home games. Ridder completed 21 of 32 passes for a season-high 338 yards and two touchdowns and added 57 rushing yards with two TDs on the ground. Ridder, who leads the Bearcats with 16 touchdown passes and 11 rushing scores, has accounted for 21 touchdowns in the Bearcats' last five games. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  11/21/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Desmond Ridder three two touchdown passes and ran for two scores as No. 7 Cincinnati defeated Central Florida 36-33 Saturday to head into the release of the first College Football Playoff rankings unbeaten. The Bearcats (8-0, 6-0 American) fell behind 14-3 in the first quarter against their toughest opponent yet, but grabbed the lead by halftime. Dillon Gabriel threw for 243 yards, three touchdowns and one interception as the Knights (5-3, 4-3) lost at home for the second time this season. UCF took a 25-22 lead in the third quarter with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Gabriel to Marlon Williams. The interception Gabriel threw was costly for UCF.

Bearcats safety Darrick Forest picked off Gabriel's pass early in the fourth quarter and returned it 20 yards to the Knights' 16. Four plays later, a 1-yard sneak by Ridder gave UC a 29-25 lead with 13:07 remaining. Rider passed for 338 yards and ran for 57. Cincinnati used 10 plays to go 71 yards on its next possession to go up two scores. The Bearcats converted a fourth-and-1 at the UCF 26 and three plays later Ridder threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Leonard Taylor for a 36-25 lead with 7:15 remaining. UCF made it 36-33 with 4:27 remaining on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Gabriel to Jaylon Robinson and a 2-point conversion pass to Jacob Harris The Bearcats ran down all but one second of the clock, trying not score down near the goal line. Cincinnati was cutting it close and then an errant snap on fourth down gave everyone a jolt, but was recovered by Ridder. The Knights got one play from their 8 that went nowhere. - Cincinnati/AP College Football


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  11/16/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  NOV 16 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Jr., QB, Louisville Ky.,...Ridder was responsible for four touchdowns and had 402 yards of total offense to help Cincinnati remain unbeaten with a 55-17 win against East Carolina. Ridder completed 24 of 31 passes for a season-high 327 yards and three touchdowns (33, 45, 12) and added a team-high 75 rushing yards including a 7-yard TD. Ridder, who leads the Bearcats with 14 touchdown passes and nine rushing scores, has accounted for 17 touchdowns in the Bearcats' last four games. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  11/13/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Desmond Ridder threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to help No. 7 Cincinnati rout East Carolina 55-17 on Friday night. Cincinnati (7-0, 5-0 American Athletic) extended its school-record home winning streak to 19 games, the fourth-longest streak among FBS schools, and kept its hopes alive for a College Football Playoff berth. Ridder has accounted for 17 touchdowns in the past four games, including nine rushing TDs.

In Cincinnati's three-point victory over East Carolina last year, the Pirates scored 43 points and piled up 638 yards. The Bearcats were motivated to prevent a repeat. The offense got off to a fast start with Ridder's 33-yard touchdown pass to Michael Young to cap a 79-yard drive on their opening possession. Cincinnati had second-and-goal at the Pirates 3, but lost a fumble at the 5. Six plays later, however, Bearcats linebacker Jarell White returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown. After punting on three of its first four possessions, East Carolina (1-6, 1-5) drove 58 yards in three plays, pulling to 14-7 on Keaton Mitchell's 18-yard run. Ridder's 16-yard scramble on third-and-12 set up Jerome Ford's 24-yard touchdown run, and Tre Tucker's 45-yard touchdown reception highlighted a 28-point second quarter. - AP College Football


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  11/09/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  NOV 9 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Jr., QB,...Accounted for four touchdowns and 265 yards of total offense in a 38-10 win against Houston. Rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries and completed 17 of 27 passes for 162 yards and a TD. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  11/04/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  On the offensive side of the ball for Cincinnati, quarterback Desmond Ridder continued to prove he's the man for the job, building on his impressive performance from last week against Southern Methodist University. "The game has slowed down," Ridder said. "I'm just going out there an being me. Playing football, enjoying the game and just really having fun with it. From the offensive line, to the wide recievers and to the DB's. All people on the field, we're just out there having fun." Ridder was relied upon to throw the ball much more than usual in this week's affair. To close out the first half, he completed 14 out of his last 16 pass attempts.

Ridder's decision making with the ball in his hands has appeared to improve greatly over the past two weeks after making many questionable decisions through the first three games of the season. Another criticism of Ridder's has been his consistency in hitting receivers down field. Against Memphis, he completed two 40+ yard receptions; one to Alec Pierce for the opening touchdown of the game and one to Jayshon Jackson in order to set himself up for a 9-yard rushing touchdown in the redzone. Ridder finished his day 21-26 with 271 passing yards and 2 touchdowns and one interception through the air, as well as 41 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. - The News Record


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  11/03/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  This season is just weird enough to find a non-Power Five team in the College Football Playoff. Cincinnati could be that team. A large factor in that possibility is the play of Ridder. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback completed 21 of 26 passes for 271 yards and accounted for five total touchdowns (three passing and two rushing). Ridder last week was named the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Week, Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week, Manning Award Star of the Week and the AAC Offensive Player of the Week after running for a career-high 179 yards and three touchdowns and completing 13 of 21 passes for 126 yards and another score at Southern Methodist University.

The key for the Bearcats in both games was Ridder took care of the football. He had zero turnovers last week, and outside of an interception on a deep throw at the end of the third quarter, Ridder held on to the ball against the Tigers (3-2, 2-2 AAC). "The game's just slowing down," Ridder said. "I'm just going out there and being me, just playing football, enjoying the game, really just having fun with it." Ridder lost a fumble, threw an interception and missed several open receivers Sept. 26 against Army. He followed that by throwing three interceptions against South Florida. But it appears Ridder has turned a corner, and that is huge for his confidence and for Cincinnati's lofty aspirations. "It starts up front," Ridder said. "Up front, all the big guys are doing a heck of a job moving the guys. I think once we keep it on them and keep it going, it's really hard to stop us." - Cincinnati Enquirer


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  11/02/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  NOV 2 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Jr., QB, Louisville, Ky.,...Ridder earns Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week after he was responsible for five touchdowns in Cincinnati's 49-10 win against Memphis. Ridder completed 21 of 26 passes (80.7%) for 271 yards and three touchdowns (43, 6, 21) and rushed for two TDs (13, 9) and 41 yards on 10 carries. Ridder has figured in nine touchdowns in Cincinnati's last two games. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  10/31/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Desmond Ridder threw touchdown passes to three different receivers and ran for two and Jerome Ford also scored twice as the seventh-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats remained undefeated with a 49-10 win over the Memphis Tigers on Saturday. Playing in a Nippert Stadium nearly empty due to COVID-19 protocols, the Bearcats (5-0, 3-0 AAC) decisively snapped a five-game losing streak against Memphis (3-2, 2-2), including two losses by a combined 15 points over a span of eight days last season - the second in the AAC championship game. Ridder, who set a program record for quarterbacks with 179 yards rushing while throwing three touchdown passes a week earlier at Southern Methodist, finished 21-of-26 for 271 yards with an interception.

The stingy Cincinnati defense, ranked 18th in the nation in total defense going into the game, sacked Memphis quarterback Brady White six times while holding the Tigers to their fewest points since scoring 10 in a loss to Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 30, 2015. Ridder threw touchdown passes of 43 yards to Alex Pierce and six yards to Michael Young and scored himself on a 13-yard run to help Cincinnati open up a 21-10 halftime lead. Pierce made a leaping catch at the goal line and tumbled between two defenders into the end zone for his first touchdown since returning from a knee injury to make his season debut at SMU. - Cincinnati/AP College Football


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  10/26/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  OCT 26 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Jr., QB, Louisville, Ky.,...Ridder, who was chosen as the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, led Cincinnati to a 42-13 win against then-No. 16 SMU. Ridder accounted for 305 yards of offense and four touchdowns against the previously unbeaten Mustangs. He rushed for 179 yards and and three touchdowns and was 13-of-21 passing for 126 yards and a TD. He capped his performance with a 91-yard touchdown run, which ranks as the fifth-longest rushing play in American Athletic Conference history and the second-longest by a quarterback. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  10/25/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  OCT 25 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: DESMOND RIDDER, CINCINNATI, Junior, Quarterback, Louisville, KY/St., Xavier,...Desmond Ridder accounted for four touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 passing) as ninth-ranked Cincinnati defeated 16th-ranked SMU, 42-13. Ridder passed for 126 yards and one score, while rushing for 179 yards and three more scores, including a 91-yarder, to lead the 4-0 Bearcats. Notes: Desmond Ridder is the first Cincnnati player to earn Walter Camp National FBS Player of Week honors since the award started in 2004. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

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  10/25/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Desmond Ridder ran for 179 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 126 yards and a score to help No. 9 Cincinnati beat No. 16 SMU 42-13 on Saturday night in a showdown of unbeaten teams. Cincinnati (4-0, 2-0 American) played its first game since Oct. 3. The Bearcats had an open date the following weekend and then had their scheduled Oct. 17 home game against Tulsa moved to Dec. 5 because of positive COVID-19 cases at Cincinnati and the quarantining of athletes at the school. Ridder completed 13 of 21 passes. He had scoring runs of 15, 32 and 91 yards, and threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Josh Whyle to open the scoring. Gerrid Doaks ran for 105 yards on 20 carries, with touchdown runs of 1 and 35 yards. Shane Buechele threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Rashee Rice, and Chris Naggar kicked field goals of 26 and 22 yards for SMU (5-1, 2-1). The Mustangs fell short of opening with six straight wins for the second straight season. - Cincinnati/AP College Football

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  10/05/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  For the second consecutive week, Ridder started the game with a turnover. On the fourth play of the Bearcats' first drive against USF, Ridder had a miscommunication with running back Charles McClelland. On a scramble play, Ridder pointed to McClelland to move to his left and get away from the Bulls' defense. But USF safety Mac Harris also saw Ridder point, and he picked off the pass. At one point in the middle of the second quarter, Ridder had 40 passing yards and two interceptions. "I'm concerned with the turnovers," Fickell said. "But I think we've got to do a better job as a staff to find some ways to give him some opportunities." Fickell added, "Sometimes his head is down and (he) played (his) butt off."

According to Fickell, there's always competition between Ridder and backup quarterback Ben Bryant for the starting spot. But in all likelihood, Ridder will remain the starter for the foreseeable future. The Bearcats will likely need Ridder's best to win the American Athletic Conference title this season. In three weeks, UC will travel to face Southern Methodist University and early Heisman Trophy candidate Shane Buechele. Seven days later, the Bearcats play No. 25 Memphis, the reigning AAC champions. A matchup against No. 11 UCF looms in November. With seven games left in the regular season, Ridder still can redefine his junior season. "He knows he can do better," Fickell said, "and he wants to do better." - Cincinnati Enquirer


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  10/05/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  With backup quarterback Ben Bryant unavailable for undisclosed reasons, Ridder had his second straight rocky start after committing two turnovers in the first half of last week's win over Army. The junior quarterback threw two great back-corner fades Saturday. One connected for a 13-yard touchdown to tight end Josh Whyle, while the other resulted in an interception that was simply just better defense by USF cornerback Christopher Townsel. Ridder completed 16 of 26 passes for 143 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, including one on the opening drive.

Fickell said Ridder had his head down in the locker room following the win. Senior running back Gerrid Doaks noticed. "I definitely gave him words of encouragement," Doaks said." "That's just one game, bruh, you can't live in the past. On to the next. Everybody doesn't play to their best potential every week. Just look forward to the next game." Despite his struggles, which continued to persist on deep passes, Ridder did have a solid 35-yard strike over the middle to Jayshon Jackson that set up a 3-yard score to Bruno Labelle. "I'm not as worried about Dez as I am about us just making sure we can get a better plan to continue to keep his confidence in what he's doing," Fickell said. "He's still a unique kid." - Cincinnati Enquirer


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  10/03/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Cincinnati's Desmond Ridder now has more than 5,000 career passing yards after a 258-yard, two-touchdown performance in the Bearcats' 24-10 win last week over then-No. 22 Army. The junior quarterback's 5,063 career yards rank seventh in program history. Ridder is only the eighth Bearcats quarterback to eclipse the 5,000-yard mark. Ridder's play has caught the eye of first-year South Florida coach Jeff Scott. "I think their quarterback has a chance to be an NFL guy, looking at his arm and accuracy and those type of things," Scott said of the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Ridder. Scott knows NFL-caliber talent. The former Clemson wide receiver was the co-offensive coordinator at his alma mater until December, when he was hired by USF. At 38, Scott became the youngest head coach in the American Athletic Conference. In his five seasons at the helm of the Clemson offense, the Tigers made five straight College Football Playoff appearances, advanced to four CFP championship games and won two national titles. - Cincinnati Enquirer

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  10/02/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  The Bearcats' 24-10 home win Saturday against then-No. 22 Army might have been more lop-sided had it not been for veteran quarterback Desmond Ridder's shaky first half. The 6-foot-4 junior fumbled a pitch on a misread option play (returned for a scoop-and-score) and threw an interception on two of Cincinnati's first three possessions. He also struggled with his downfield accuracy before settling down and posting solid numbers (18-for-33, 258 yards, two TDs, one INT). Ridder's top targets Saturday, juniors Michael Young and Jayshon Jackson, combined for nine receptions for 135 yards against Army. - Tampa Tribune

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  09/28/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  If Cincinnati (2-0) is going to have a special season this year, it can't be in spite of Ridder. It has to be at the very least in part because of him. After an up and down 2019, the 2018 American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year separated himself from sophomore backup Ben Bryant during the final week of fall camp to become the Bearcats' starter this season. But the distance between the two quarterbacks may have gotten a tiny bit tighter on Saturday. Ridder started the game with a bad read on an option play on UC's opening drive. The mistake resulted in a fumbled pitch that went 41 yards the other way for an Army (2-1) touchdown. It was the first of two turnovers for Ridder in the opening quarter.

"I think it's about getting into a rhythm," Fickell said. "I don't think early on we were in that rhythm." Ridder threw a pass intended for Michael Young Jr., but the ball sailed high and wound up in the lap of a Black Knights defender. It was one of several miscues, batted balls at the line and inaccurate throws to open receivers for Ridder in the opening half. "I'm sure if you ask Michael Young, he'll tell you that he's got to come down with some of those things," Fickell said. "Their No. 1 job sometimes is to make the quarterback look good. If the ball's not perfect, you've got to come down with it. That's why it's a team." - Cincinnati Enquirer


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  09/26/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Desmond Ridder passed for 258 yards and two touchdowns as No. 14 Cincinnati defeated No. 22 Army 24-10 in the first matchup of ranked teams at Nippert Stadium since 2008. Army's vaunted triple-option offense came in averaging 389.5 rushing yards, but the Bearcats held them to 182, including 81 by junior QB Christian Anderson who also passed for 94 yards on nine completions. Army (2-1) hasn't defeated a ranked opponent on the road since 1958, but the Black Knights shocked the Bearcats with a defensive touchdown just 51 seconds into the game. Ridder ran an option to the left, but his pitch to running back Charles McClelland was deflected by Army defensive back Jabari Moore who recovered the ball and ran 42 yards for a touchdown to put the Black Knights ahead 7-0.

Moore also had an interception in the first quarter. But the Bearcats bounced back when Ridder completed a 45-yard pass to Jayshon Jackson and two plays later found Michael Young for a 12-yard TD, putting the Bearcats ahead 10-7 in the second quarter. Young had five catches for 60 yards. The Bearcats (2-0) made a big special teams play late in the half when Ethan Tucky blocked an Army punt giving them possession at the 7-yard line. But the Black Knights held on fourth-and-goal from the 1. The Black Knights defense, which ranked fifth nationally in rush defense, held the Bearcats to only six rushing yards in the first half. - Cincinnati/AP College Football


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  09/03/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  American Athletic Conference media members pick the Cincinnati Bearcats to finish second behind Central Florida in the conference's preseason football poll. Cincinnati garnered 201 overall votes, including seven first-place votes in the poll announced Tuesday. UCF led the way with 204 votes and 10 votes for first place. UCF coach Josh Heupel said after the poll's release that 10 of his players, including two projected starters, are opting out for the 2020 season because of concerns around the coronavirus pandemic. Memphis (192/2) finished third, followed by SMU (146), Navy (125/1), Tulane (118), Houston (114), Temple (88), Tulsa (49), ECU (42) and USF (41). It is the second year in a row the Knights and Bearcats have been picked to finish first and second, respectively, in the preseason media vote. UCF defeated Memphis for the AAC championship in 2017 and again in 2018. Cincinnati won the AAC's East Division for the first time last season, only to lose to Memphis in the conference title game. - Cincinnati Enquirer

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  08/25/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  The biggest question mark on the field for the Bearcats is who will be under center when Cincinnati opens against Austin Peay. Junior quarterback Desmond Ridder, a two-year starter and the 2018 American Athletic Conference rookie of the year, and sophomore quarterback Ben Bryant split reps with both the first and second teams during camp. Fickell said Ridder has shown growth both on and off the field and has a greater command of the offense. "Right now, if we had to start today, the leadership that Desmond Ridder brings in all that we do is really, really good," he said. "I think that's probably going to be the deciding factor as we roll into the start of the season." - Cincinnati Enquirer

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  05/28/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  The University of Cincinnati Bearcats football team is set to resume voluntary workouts in small groups on campus on June 8, according to multiple reports. The team is scheduled to start the 2020 season against Austin Peay at Nippert Stadium on Sept. 3. The Enquirer's Bobby Nightengale wrote Thursday that playing football games without fans will be painful for some schools' budgets. - Cincinnati Enquirer

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  03/10/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Cincinnati football has canceled the spring game scheduled for April 10 as a precautionary measure due to the new coronavirus, UC announced Tuesday. The decision came hours after Gov. Mike DeWine provided recommendations Tuesday for high school, collegiate and professional sports events at indoor facilities in Ohio take place without spectators. Additionally, UC will limit outdoor events to crowds of 150 spectators or less until May 31, 2020. The basketball team plans to travel to Fort Worth, Texas this weekend for the American Athletic Conference Tournament. - Cincinnati Enquirer

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  01/02/20 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Desmond Ridder ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns and threw a scoring pass to lead No. 23 Cincinnati to a 38-6 victory over Boston College on Thursday in the weather-delayed Birmingham Bowl. The Bearcats (11-3) reached 11 wins for the second straight season and fourth in program history, bouncing back from two straight losses to No. 15 Memphis. The Eagles (6-7) were outgained 459-164 in total yards to finish a turbulent postseason. Coach Steve Addazio was fired after seven seasons and star tailback A.J. Dillon declared for the NFL draft and skipped the bowl game. Dillon was clearly missed. Wide receivers coach Rich Gunnell led the team through the bowl game, while newly hired Jeff Hafley was on hand as a spectator after finishing his duties as Ohio State's co-defensive coordinator.

The game was interrupted by a weather delay of about 1 1/2 hours midway through the first quarter. Boston College got its only points on special teams. Mike Palmer blocked a field goal and Brandon Sebastian scooped it up and returned it 67 yards in the third quarter. Ridder had two 13-yard scoring runs and a 14-yarder, setting a Cincinnati bowl record for rushing and total TDs. He had 21 carries and also passed for 95 yards with an 8-yard score to Malick Mbodj before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter. Michael Warren Jr. also had 105 yards on 21 carries. - AP College Football


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  11/19/19 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  The American Athletic Conference approved an 11-team schedule for the 2020 and '21 football seasons that includes eight games per year and each school facing every other member at least once. The AAC announced its two-year plan for scheduling Monday. The conference recently gained NCAA approval to scrap its divisions after Connecticut leaves the league following this season to join the Big East and to still hold a championship game. The conference said exactly how championship game participants will be determined has not yet been decided. The new schedule model sticks with eight conference games, four home and four away. No two teams will go more than a year without playing each other. UConn is joining the Big East primarily for basketball. The Huskies' football program will continue to compete in FBS as an independent. - AP College Football

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  11/17/19 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Sam Crosa kicked a 37-yarder field goal as time expired to give No. 17 Cincinnati a 20-17 victory over South Florida on Saturday night and at least a share of the American Athletic Conference East division title. The Bearcats (8-1, 6-0, No. 17 CFP) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to win for the eighth straight time, getting touchdown runs from Michael Warren and Gerrid Doaks before Desmond Ridder led an 11-play, 60-yard drive to win the game. USF's Spencer Shrader missed a 33-yard field goal that would have given the Bulls (4-6, 2-4) the lead with 2:07 remaining.

Ridder was just 9 of 18 passing for 78 yards, but he had a pair of big third-down completions on the winning march - the last a short flip to Warren, who rambled 30 yards to the USF 40. Warren ran for 11 yards on the play and finished with 134 yards rushing on 24 carries. Jordan McCloud threw for 267 yards and one touchdown for USF, which led 10-0 at halftime. The Bulls clung to a 17-10 advantage entering the fourth quarter, but couldn't put the Bearcats away. Cincinnati pulled even on Warren's 2-yard TD run with 14:26 to go, but wasted an opportunity to pull away from the 17-17 when a holding penalty nullified Doaks' 50-yard run to the USF 1. - Cincinnati/AP College Football


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  11/09/19 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Desmond Ridder threw for a pair of touchdowns and Michael Warren II ran for two more scores during a dominant opening half, and Cincinnati remained the only unbeaten team in American Athletic play. The Bearcats (8-1, 5-0) retained the inside track for the conference title by ending their recent trend of slow starts. They led 38-0 at halftime against the conference's lowliest team. UConn (2-8, 0-6) had two players ejected while losing its 17th straight conference game. The Huskies have dropped 24 of their last 25 against FBS teams. They fell to 0-9 at Nippert Stadium. - Cincinnati/AP College Football

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  11/03/19 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Trailing by double figures in the final minutes, No. 17 Cincinnati proved something to coach Luke Fickell -- and maybe to everyone else, too. The Bearcats rallied to beat East Carolina 46-43 on Saturday night when Sam Crosa kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired. Desmond Ridder threw for 161 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 146 more and led two scoring drives in the fourth quarter, including the winning drive in the final 1:10 for the East Division-leading Bearcats (7-1, 4-0 American Athletic Conference). The 24 1/2-point favorites trailed by 12 points with less than 9 minutes left before escaping with their sixth win in a row. "We showed a lot of heart," Fickell said. "This team, they've got something more than I even thought. We're going to be a lot better because of this game. We're going to be a lot tighter because of this game. This is going to give us a lot more opportunities."

Ahmad Gardner returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown with 4:38 remaining to give Cincinnati a short-lived 43-40 lead after Ridder's 3-yard TD to Josiah Deguara started the comeback. Michael Warren II rushed for 141 yards and matched a career high with three touchdown runs. "We've got to make as many plays as we could," Gardner said. "My team was telling me to go get one. They knew it was coming, though. I did, too." - Cincinnati/AP College Football


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  10/14/19 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  OCT 14/WEEK 7 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, So., QB,...Completed 14 of 24 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 50 yards and a TD in a 38-23 win against Houston. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  10/12/19 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Desmond Ridder passed for 263 yards and three touchdowns and No. 25 Cincinnati held off Houston's late surge to beat the Cougars 38-23 on Saturday. The Bearcats (5-1, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) used a 21-point first half to pull away early and Perry Young's late 2-yard interception return for a touchdown sealed their fourth straight win. Ridder finished 14 of 24 for 263 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Ridder also had 11 carries for 50 yards and a score.

Trailing 21-10, Houston quarterback Clayton Tune re-energized the home crowd with a career-long 69-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Stevenson to start the second half. The Cougars (2-4, 0-2) cut the lead to five with 9:09 left on Tune's 6-yard pass to Christian Trahan, but it wasn't enough to prevent Houston's first 0-2 start in conference play since joining the AAC. Tune finished 9 of 27 for 184 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. - Cincinnati/AP College Football


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  10/04/19 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Ahmad Gardner returned an interception for a go-ahead touchdown and Cincinnati clamped down on freshman quarterback Dillon Gabriel and No. 18 UCF's high-scoring offense Friday night for a 27-24 victory that ended the Knights' streak of 19 conference wins. After getting blown out their last two games against the two-time defending American Athletic champs, the Bearcats (4-1, 1-0) gave themselves an early edge in the race. And it came by way of a defense that's had trouble keeping up with UCF (4-2, 1-1). In addition to Gardner's 16-yard interception return, the Bearcats picked off Gabriel's passes at the Cincinnati 2 and 6 as they took control and closed it out.

UCF's Tre Nixon turned a short pass into a 45-yard touchdown that cut it to 27-24 with 3:11 to go, but the Bearcats ran out the clock, converting a fourth-and-1 at midfield in the closing seconds. Gabriel came in leading the AAC in passing efficiency, but finished 25 of 46 for 297 yards with three decisive interceptions against a pressing defense that dared him to throw deep. The true freshman also botched a handoff at the UCF 19 that set up the first of Desmond Ridder's two touchdown passes and got the crowd chanting "Overrated!" The Knights had scored at least 30 points in each of their last 31 games, the longest such FBS streak since 1936. Ridder was 17 of 31 for 149 yards. He also threw an interception that set up Greg McCrae's 1-yard touchdown run with 58 seconds left in the half that put UCF ahead 16-10 lead. - AP College Football


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  09/30/19 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  SEPT 30/WEEK 5 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, So., QB,...Ridder threw for 221 yards and four touchdowns, completing 18 of 22 passes in a 52-14 win at Marshall. He added 48 rushing yards to finish with 269 yards of total offense. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  09/29/19 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Cincinnati started off slowly in its past two games and quarterback Desmond Ridder wanted to make sure that didn't happen against Marshall. Ridder threw a season-high four touchdown passes, three in the first half, and the Bearcats rolled to a 52-14 victory over the Thundering Herd on Saturday. Cincinnati (3-1) was dominant throughout its final nonconference tuneup before the start of American Athletic Conference play.

Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said it was "probably the complete game we've been looking for. We've been in a little bit of a rut. We were 2-1, but it just didn't feel the same, the energy. And then after tonight you walk in that locker room, there's a different energy." Two weeks ago Cincinnati trailed Miami, Ohio 10-0 after one quarter and rebounded for a 35-13 win. The Bearcats were blown out by No. 5 Ohio State 42-0 on Sept. 7. "The past weeks we haven't started out strong. That was one big thing this week, just start off fast," Ridder said. "We did that. We prepared and executed." Ridder had TD tosses of 13 yards to Rashad Medaris and 17 yards to Alec Pierce in the first quarter, and 13 yards to tight end Josiah Deguara in the second quarter. - Cincinnati/AP College Football


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  09/29/19 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Ridder, whose four TD tosses matched his total from the previous three games, looked at ease in the pocket and it helped that his receivers were often wide open. It marked the first game this season that Ridder did not throw an interception. He also rushed nine times for 48 yards. Pierce had season highs of six catches for 108 yards. - AP College Football

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  07/17/19 - QB Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD WATCH LIST: Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, So., 6-4, 212, Louisville, Ky.,...The 2018 American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, Ridder burst onto the scene in 2018, starting 11 games, completing 62.4 percent of his passes, throwing for 2,445 yards and 20 TDs while adding another 583 yards rushing along with five more scores.

He came onto the field for the third offensive series in the opener against UCLA and started the rest of the way, showing a knack for making big plays. Pro Football Focus lists him with a 7.9% big-time throw rate, which ranks No. 6 among all returning FBS signal callers. Ridder threw for 250 or more yards on four occasions, including a career-best 352 yards at SMU. His four TD affair against ECU was one of seven games with multiple TD passes. - Cincinnati Football


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