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  08/09/22 - Evan PraterrSo/2025, Cincinnati, 6-3, 200 (DS#9 QB) + More +

  Gino Guidugli, who has served as Cincinnati's quarterbacks coach since 2018, is taking over the offense this season after Fickell's longtime offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock joined Brian Kelly at LSU. Guidugli acknowledged that Prater and Bryant are vastly different quarterbacks. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Bryant is more of a pocket passer, while Prater, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound 2019 Ohio Mr. Football from Wyoming High School, possesses a more athletic, dual-threat skill set. Guidugli said Prater's and Bryant's reps will rotate differently each day, as he is scripting practices in a way that caters to each player's strengths to give them both an opportunity to succeed. "Hopefully, when it's all said and done, the arrows are pointing in one direction and it's not that tough a decision," Guidugli said. "They're really both playing their ass off." - Cincinnati Enquirer

(DS#9 QB) rSo/2025 QB Evan PraterCincinnati
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  08/05/22 - Ethan WrightJr/2024, Cincinnati, 6-0, 198 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  One player noticeably absent from the offensive backfield Wednesday was running back Ethan Wright. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior will switch positions this season and play safety for Co-Defensive Coordinators Mike Tressel and Colin Hitschler (safeties coach). Fickell said with the depth at the running back position, he thinks "in the long run, it's (playing safety) going to be the best" for Wright. "Obviously, No. 1, the most important thing is we've got to do for the team," Fickell said. "And there's no greater team guy than Ethan Wright. I mean, he's walking out last night and said, 'Coach, if you want me to do anything else, you just let me know. I'll do whatever you need for the team." Fickell said Wright reminds him of former Bearcats safety Bryan Cook, a 2021 first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection and a second-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2022 NFL Draft. - Cincinnati Enquirer

(DS#999 RB) Jr/2024 RB Ethan WrightCincinnati
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  08/05/22 - Josh WhylerSr/2023, Cincinnati, 6-5, 245 (DS#5 TE) + More +

  While there are question marks all over the field for the Bearcats, there are no questions at tight end. Whyle and graduate student Leonard Taylor are both back and ready to lead the Cincinnati offense. First-year Offensive Coordinator Gino Guidugli is expected to use a lot of 12 personnel (one running back and two tight ends) offensive formations this season that will feature both Whyle and Taylor, two players who earned spots on the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, presented annually to the top tight end in college football. "That was pretty cool," Whyle said of both players being on the list. "I think me and Lenny have a good relationship, healthy competition. We came in together and we've been buddies ever since. We're just pushing each other every day. There's no bad blood between us. I'm excited to do this final year with him." Whyle said he and Taylor will be roommates again at Higher Ground. "He snores like a damn cow," said Whyle. - Cincinnati Enquirer

(DS#5 TE) rSr/2023 TE Josh WhyleCincinnati
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  08/03/22 - Ryan MontgomeryrJr/2024, Cincinnati, 5-09, 205 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Ryan Montgomery, Cincinnati,...Montgomery saw action in all 14 games at running back and as Cincinnati's punt returner for third straight season and was named to Pro Football Focus' All-AAC Third Team as a punt returner. He rushed for a career-high 312 yards on 46 attempts to go along with three touchdowns in 2021 and added six catches for 42 yards. On special teams, Montgomery totaled 20 punt returns for 229 yards, ranking second in the AAC and 10th nationally with an 11.5 average per return. The Franklin, Ohio, native also ran for a career-high 95 yards on only eight carries in UC's blowout win over UCF and had a touchdown catch against Miami (Ohio) in the opener. His 55-yard touchdown run against South Florida was also a career-long. He is fourth in UC history in career punt returns (62) and yards (597) for a 9.6-yard career punt-return average. - Cincinnati Football

(DS#999 RB) rJr/2024 RB Ryan MontgomeryCincinnati
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  08/03/22 - Deshawn PaceJr/2024, Cincinnati, 6-2, 218 (DS#12 OLB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Deshawn Pace, Cincinnati, Junior LB,...University of Cincinnati junior linebacker Deshawn Pace earned a spot on the Bednarik Award Watch List, given annually to the nation's top defensive player. The Colerain High School product also earned a spot on the Nagurski and Butkus Award honor rolls this summer. Pace did nearly everything for the Bearcats' No. 10 defense last fall, finishing sixth in the AAC with 94 tackles (nine for loss) and a team-high four interceptions. Two of those picks went for 39- and 27-yard returns against Indiana and Notre Dame, respectively, in consecutive games into the red zone. He had others against UCF and South Florida, while blocking a field goal at Navy that set up a 52-yard return and Alex Bales kick as time expired in the half. Pace finished with nine stops against No. 1 Alabama in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. - Cincinnati Football

(DS#12 OLB) Jr/2024 OLB Deshawn PaceCincinnati
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  08/01/22 - Ben BryantrSr/2023, Cincinnati, 6-2, 214 (DS#9 QB) + More +

  Sophomore quarterback Evan Prater and senior quarterback Ben Bryant are expected to battle through fall camp for the opportunity to replace Ridder as the Bearcats' starter when they open the season Sept. 3 at Arkansas (3:30 p.m. on ESPN). Fickell said he will do everything he can over the next five weeks to put both Prater and Bryant in the best position to succeed. "It will be as much of a battle as it can possibly be," Fickell said. "You can't go live. You can't put quarterbacks live. It's just not something you do now. But knowing we've got five returning starters up front on the offensive line and a defensive line that's going to be the anchors to what it is that we do, we'll have an opportunity to really challenge the rest. Challenge the quarterbacks, challenge the back end of our defense, because there's a lot of new guys. It's not that it's going to be different, but I think we can try to script it and put those guys in some positions where hopefully we can do a better job of truly evaluating them and what they can do for the entire team." - Cincinnati Enquirer

(DS#9 QB) rSr/2023 QB Ben BryantCincinnati
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  07/29/22 - Jake RenfroJr/2024, Cincinnati, 6-3, 310 (DS#1 C) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: C Jake Renfro, Cincinnati,...Renfro (Mokena, Ill.) started all 14 games in 2021 on the heels of earning six starts as a freshman in 2020. He was named a True Freshman All-American by ESPN+ that season. - Cincinnati Football

(DS#1 C) Jr/2024 C Jake RenfroCincinnati
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  07/28/22 - Ivan Pace Jr.rJr/2024, Cincinnati, 6-0, 242 (DS#21 ILB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON BUTKUS AWARD WATCHLIST: Ivan Pace, Cincinnati,...Ivan Pace was named the Mid-American Conference's Defensive Player of the Year last season by Pro Football Focus, leading the MAC and finishing 10th nationally with 125 tackles. His six sacks against Akron in 2019 tied an NCAA record as well. - Cincinnati Football

(DS#21 ILB) rJr/2024 ILB Ivan Pace Jr.Cincinnati
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  07/28/22 - Ivan Pace Jr.rJr/2024, Cincinnati, 6-0, 242 (DS#21 ILB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCHLIST: LB Ivan Pace, Cincinnati,...University of Cincinnati linebackers, and brothers, Deshawn and Ivan Pace have each claimed a spot on the preseason Nagurski Award Watch List, presented annually to the nation's top overall defensive player. Pace was named the Mid-American Conference's Defensive Player of the Year last season by Pro Football Focus, leading the MAC and finishing 10th nationally with 125 tackles. His six sacks against Akron in 2019 tied an NCAA record as well. - Cincinnati Football

(DS#21 ILB) rJr/2024 ILB Ivan Pace Jr.Cincinnati
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  07/28/22 - Deshawn PaceJr/2024, Cincinnati, 6-2, 218 (DS#12 OLB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCHLIST: LB Deshawn Pace, Cincinnati,...University of Cincinnati linebackers, and brothers, Deshawn and Ivan Pace have each claimed a spot on the preseason Nagurski Award Watch List, presented annually to the nation's top overall defensive player. The pair also earned preseason Butkus Award recognition last week for being two of the top linebackers heading into 2022. Each played at Colerain High School. Deshawn played in eight games as a freshman reserve in 2020 before breaking out in 2021. Ivan played his first three years at Miami (Ohio) before transferring to UC following an elite campaign for the RedHawks last fall. - Cincinnati Football

(DS#12 OLB) Jr/2024 OLB Deshawn PaceCincinnati
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  07/28/22 - Dylan OQuinnrSr/2023, Cincinnati, 6-3, 305 (DS#6 OG) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: OT Dylan O'Quinn, Cincinnati,...University of Cincinnati offensive linemen Dylan O'Quinn and Jake Renfro were each named to the Outland Trophy watch list on Tuesday morning. The pair led an offensive line that paved the way for UC's offense to average the ninth-most yards per play (6.71) in the country, giving up only 53 tackles-for-loss all season (seventh-lowest nationally). UC finished second in the AAC in yards per rush (5.2) and set single-season school records for touchdowns (70) and points (516). The Bearcats averaged 36.9 ppg to rank No. 2 in the AAC and No. 11 nationally. O'Quinn (Toledo, Ohio) started all 14 games in 2021 after starting seven times in 2020 and appearing in 13 games as a reserve the two seasons prior. - Cincinnati Football

(DS#6 OG) rSr/2023 OG Dylan OQuinnCincinnati
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  07/28/22 - Deshawn PaceJr/2024, Cincinnati, 6-2, 218 (DS#12 OLB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON BUTKUS AWARD WATCHLIST: Deshawn Pace, Cincinnati,...Deshawn did nearly everything for the Bearcats' No. 10 defense last fall, finishing sixth in the AAC with 94 tackles (nine for loss) and a team-high four interceptions. Two of those picks went for 39- and 27-yard returns against Indiana and Notre Dame, respectively, in consecutive games into the red zone. He had others against UCF and South Florida, while blocking a field goal at Navy that set up a 52-yard return and Alex Bales kick as time expired in the half. Pace finished with nine stops against No. 1 Alabama in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. - Cincinnati Football

(DS#12 OLB) Jr/2024 OLB Deshawn PaceCincinnati
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  07/28/22 - Arquon BushrSr/2023, Cincinnati, 6-0, 190 (DS#3 CB) + More +

  The University of Cincinnati is trying to be a major player in the name, image and likeness space. Cincinnati is one of six universities that are partnering with Altius Sports Partners, a name, image and likeness licensing advisory firm that will place what UC and the firm are calling a "general manager" on campus to help generate NIL opportunities for student-athletes, UC announced Monday. UC AD John Cunningham has a plan to compete against big-money schools. Will it work? The Altius representative will work with UC's Impact program to create a name, image and likeness vertical that will support athletes for all 18 sports in collaboration with UC Director of Name, Image and Likeness John Peterson. UC hired Peterson, a former Ohio State tight end and longtime assistant coach, to spearhead efforts and opportunities for Cincinnati's football players. "I'm thrilled to join the University of Cincinnati," Peterson said. "College athletics is going through a generational change. UC is building the foundation to support and educate the current and future Bearcats."

Peterson will lead name, image and likeness programming and serve as football's liaison and coordinator for NIL activities. Both Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell and Peterson were members of the Ohio State coaching staff from 2004-11. Altius advises 30 schools, including nearly half of the Power Five. The firm started introducing its general manager program earlier this summer and will launch it with Cincinnati, Louisiana State, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, South Carolina and Virginia. Each of the six schools is expected to open the football season with an Altius general manager to serve as a name, image and likeness ambassador on campus while also using Altius's reach to connect athletes with brands and facilitate deals. - Cincinnati Enquirer


(DS#3 CB) rSr/2023 CB Arquon BushCincinnati
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  07/28/22 - Ryan CoerJr/2024, Cincinnati, 6-2, 225 (DS#999 K) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON LOU GROZA AWARD WATCH LIST: Ryan Coe - Cincinnati, Class: Junior - Hometown: McDonald, Pennsylvania,...stats from 2021 at Delaware,...It takes a special player to transfer from FCS to become the presumptive starter at a school coming off a College Football Playoff berth, but that's what Coe bring to Cincinnati this season. The former Delaware Blue Hen kicked three of the five longest field goals in his conference last year, including a 53-yarder on the road at Rutgers. - Lou Groza Award

(DS#999 K) rJr/2024 K Ryan CoeCincinnati
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  07/25/22 - Leonard TaylorrSr/2023, Cincinnati, 6-5, 250 (DS#14 TE) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON JOHN MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST: LEONARD TAYLOR, CINCINNATI,...Taylor, a fifth-year senior, had his best season with 28 catches for 268 yards and four touchdowns, all career-highs. The Springfield, Ohio, native also broke out with four receptions for 70 yards and a fourth-down touchdown in the win at No. 9 Notre Dame. Taylor has also recorded a catch in a team-best 24-straight games dating back to the 2020 opener. - Cincinnati Football

(DS#14 TE) rSr/2023 TE Leonard TaylorCincinnati
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