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  04/20/21 - Myjai SandersJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-5, 258 (DS#8 DE) + More +

  The UC defense, which has been the No. 1 defense in the American Athletic Conference each of the past three seasons, is under new management for the first time in Fickell's four-plus seasons due to the departure of former defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to Notre Dame. But despite the turnover, the Bearcats appear to be as stout as they have ever been under Fickell if not more. "We've got a chance to be really good (defensively)," said Fickell, who is 35-14 at Cincinnati. "I mean, we've been good here, but I think we've got a chance to take it even to the next level." All-conference defenders like safeties James Wiggins and Darrick Forrest and defensive lineman Elijah Ponder have moved on to pursue careers in the NFL. That's fine. UC doesn't need them. With safeties Bryan Cook and Ja'von Hicks stepping in and the defensive line holding steady with tackle Marcus Brown, end Malik Vann and 2020 first-team All-AAC defensive end Myjai Sanders, the defensive unit gave Ridder fits early on Saturday afternoon. - Cincinnati Enquirer

(DS#8 DE) Jr/2022 DE Myjai SandersCincinnati
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  04/19/21 - Jerome FordrSo/2023, Cincinnati, 5-10, 215 (DS#22 RB) + More +

  Ford is entering his second season with the Bearcats after transferring from Alabama. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Tampa, Florida, native had the most productive year of his college career in 2020, rushing for 483 yards and eight touchdowns. Ford is presumably in the driver's seat for the No. 1 running back spot, especially while Charles McClelland continues to work his way back from his second torn ACL in 14 months. "I feel like personally and as a group (running backs), we really want to be able to help the team -- not just the offense, special teams -- in any way possible," Ford said. "Whatever we can do, whether it be running the ball, blocking, running down on kickoff, catching the ball. We just want to be able to help the team." - Cincinnati Enquirer

(DS#22 RB) rSo/2023 RB Jerome FordCincinnati
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  04/18/21 - Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  With 11 practices this spring for the Bearcat's football program, the team will get a glimpse of their 2021 team through a scrimmage on Saturday. After finishing No. 8 overall following a Peach Bowl appearance and a 9-1 season, the doubts against the Bearcats haven't eased. ESPN ranked them as the 27th best team heading into the 2021-22 season, the highest of any non-power five conference, despite 16 starters returning. As head coach Luke Fickell begins his fifth season with the Bearcats, one box already checked for the upcoming season is their offensive leader, quarterback Desmond Ridder.

As the 2020 American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Ridder will be the winningest quarterback in 2021 college football. Over his last three seasons with the Bearcats, Ridder has averaged 2,302 passing yards per season, with popular targets returning out wide. In the wide receiver room, returners include senior Michael Young Jr., Junior Tre Tucker, graduate Jordan Jones and Senior Alec Pierce. Tucker, Pierce and Young Jr. were among the top five leading receivers for the Bearcats in 2020, with No. 1 overall returning to tight end Josh Whyle. - The News Record


(DS#1 QB) rJr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  04/03/21 - Darrick ForrestSr/2021, Cincinnati, 6-0, 206 (DS#5 SS) + More +

  If NFL teams were sleeping on University of Cincinnati safety Darrick Forrest ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bearcats' 2020 defensive captain and the team's 2019 leading tackler did everything he could on Wednesday to sound the alarm. Forrest ran the 40-yard dash in an unofficial time of 4.38 seconds, had 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, a vertical jump of 39 inches and a broad jump of 11 feet to steal the show at Cincinnati's pro day inside the bubble at the Sheakley Athletic Center. "My goal today was to go out there and just put up great numbers and I feel like I accomplished that," the 6-foot, 206-pound draft hopeful told The Enquirer. "It's showing that the hard work I put down in Fort Lauderdale is paying off." Since the Bearcats' season-ending 24-21 loss to Georgia in the Peach Bowl on New Year's Day, Forrest has spent most of his time training in South Florida. Representatives from 29 of the 32 NFL teams were present for Cincinnati's pro day, including coaches and/or front office personnel from the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers. - Cincinnati Enquirer

(DS#5 SS) Sr/2021 SS Darrick ForrestCincinnati
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  01/09/21 - Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  University of Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder will return to school next season. Ridder, a redshirt junior who earned his degree in sports administration in December, announced on Twitter Friday that he will not enter the 2021 NFL Draft. The 2020 American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year led the Bearcats to an undefeated regular season, the AAC title and a Peach Bowl bid. Ridder will be the winningest quarterback in college football in 2021. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Louisville St. Xavier product is 30-5 as a starter. - Cincinnati Enquirer

(DS#1 QB) rJr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  01/09/21 - Myjai SandersJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-5, 258 (DS#8 DE) + More +

  Junior defensive end Myjai Sanders announced Friday that he also will return next season. The 2020 first-team All-AAC selection posted on Instagram that he's "coming back for everything." Sanders, who was a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented annually by the Maxwell Football Club to the best defensive player in college football, had a team-high 7.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss this season. - Cincinnati Enquirer

(DS#8 DE) Jr/2022 DE Myjai SandersCincinnati
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  01/05/21 - *James HudsonrJr/2021, Cincinnati, 6-5, 313 (DS#12 OT) + More +

  University of Cincinnati offensive tackle James Hudson was added Monday to the roster for the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl. Hudson, a draft-eligible junior, announced Monday he was forgoing his final two years of eligibility to enter the 2021 NFL Draft. The NCAA issued a fall 2020 blanket waiver giving all FBS players an additional year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. - WKRC TV Cincinnati

(DS#12 OT) rJr/2021 OT *James HudsonCincinnati
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  01/04/21 - Coby BryantrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-0, 198 (DS#7 CB) + More +

  University of Cincinnati defensive back Coby Bryant, who intercepted Georgia quarterback J.T. Daniels in the end zone during Friday's Peach Bowl loss and starred for the Bearcats throughout their outstanding 2020 season, announced Saturday that he'll return to the team and use the additional year of eligibility he's been granted. - Cincinnati Enquirer

(DS#7 CB) rSr/2022 CB Coby BryantCincinnati
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  01/03/21 - James WigginsrSr/2021, Cincinnati, 5-11, 209 (DS#6 FS) + More +

  The University of Cincinnati was the only team with three players on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the best defensive back in college football. The three were senior safeties Darrick Forrest and James Wiggins and sophomore cornerback Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner. On Sunday, two of the three declared for the NFL draft. Wiggins was first. The 2020 first-team All-American Athletic Conference performer and Associated Press second-team All-American announced on Twitter his intention to enter the draft. - Cincinnati.com

(DS#6 FS) rSr/2021 FS James WigginsCincinnati
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  12/19/20 - Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Cole Smith made a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 6 Cincinnati a 27-24 victory over No. 20 Tulsa on Saturday night in the rainy American Conference Championship game. Alec Pierce had a career-high 146 yards receiving on five catches, Desmond Ridder passed for 269 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score, and Jerome Ford added a 42-yard scoring run for the Bearcats (9-0, No. 9 CFP).

Tulsa (6-2, No. 23 CFP) reached the conference championship game following three straight losing seasons. It was the Golden Hurricane's first appearance in the AAC title game. Tulsa tied it with 3:41 remaining on Zach Smith's 13-yard touchdown pass to JuanCarlos Santana. But the Golden Hurricane defense jumped offside on a hard count on fourth-and-2, giving the Bearcats a first down at the 19 to set up Smith's kick. - AP College Football


(DS#1 QB) rJr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  12/17/20 - Coby BryantrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-0, 198 (DS#7 CB) + More +

  2020 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): CB Coby Bryant, Cincinnati,...Bryant, Forrest, Gardner and Wiggins lead a secondary which has totaled 37 career interceptions while UC's 13 interceptions and 48 passes defended this season leads the American. Bryant and Gardner ranks tied for second in the AAC's in passes defended with nine apiece and tied for fourth with three interceptions each. - Cincinnati Football

(DS#7 CB) rSr/2022 CB Coby BryantCincinnati
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  12/17/20 - *James HudsonrJr/2021, Cincinnati, 6-5, 313 (DS#12 OT) + More +

  2020 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OT James Hudson, Cincinnati,...Darius Harper and James Hudson bookend a line which was a semifinalist for the Joe Moore Award. UC has averaged 5.9 ypc this season and currently leads the American in rushing offense, grinding up 234.2 yards per game on the ground while allowing just nine sacks, fewest in the AAC. - Cincinnati Football

(DS#12 OT) rJr/2021 OT *James HudsonCincinnati
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  12/17/20 - Gerrid DoaksSr/2021, Cincinnati, 5-11, 228 (DS#22 RB) + More +

  2020 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Gerrid Doaks, Cincinnati,...Doaks has nine total TDs in 2020 (7 rsh/2 rec), matching his career totals entering 2020. The senior has three 100-yard rushing games, with a career-best 184 yards vs. Houston, SMU (105) and USF (102). His 184 yards against the Cougars was UC's sixth-best, single-game total over the last 20 years and fifth-best yards per carry average (11.5). Overall, Doaks has carried 137 times for 660 yards, seven scores and a 4.8 ypc average. - Cincinnati Football

(DS#22 RB) Sr/2021 RB Gerrid DoaksCincinnati
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  12/17/20 - Desmond RidderrJr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  2020 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati,...Ridder is the first UC player to win the offensive honor since Isaiah Pead was BIG EAST Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2011. Ridder was AAC Rookie of the Year in 2018. He earned his bachelor's degree on Dec. 12 and is a semifinalist for the Maxwell and O'Brien Awards. Ridder passed for 1,821 yards and 16 TDs while rushing for 526 yards and 11 scores. - Cincinnati Football

(DS#1 QB) rJr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  12/17/20 - James WigginsrSr/2021, Cincinnati, 5-11, 209 (DS#6 FS) + More +

  2020 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): S James Wiggins, Cincinnati,...Coby Bryant, Darrick Forrest, Ahmad Gardner and James Wiggins lead a secondary which has totaled 37 career interceptions while UC's 13 interceptions and 48 passes defended this season leads the American. Wiggins has accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl and is a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. He has 31 tackles, a sack and TFL along with seven passes defended and an interception. - Cincinnati Football

(DS#6 FS) rSr/2021 FS James WigginsCincinnati
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