Cincinnati Bearcats College Football Preview 2021: Top Players
Best Cincinnati Bearcats Offensive Player
QB Desmond Ridder, Sr.
It’s salary drive time. He could’ve turned pro early, but this was the wrong year to do it with all the superstar talent up top. With one big passing year, his stock will shoot up fast considering his 6-4 size, mobility, and improved accuracy.
Dangerous in the open field, he’s close to 2,000 carer rushing yards with 22 touchdowns, but it’s his passing that took things to another level last year connecting on 66% of his throws with 19 touchdowns and six picks – most of the interceptions were in one game against USF.
2. WR Michael Young, Sr.
3. TE Josh Whyle, Jr.
4. RB Jerome Ford, Jr.
5. WR Alec Pierce, Sr.
Best Cincinnati Bearcats Defensive Player
DE Myjai Sanders, Sr.
He went from a good pass rushing season as a sophomore to next level as a junior, going from four sacks to seven and 6.5 tackles for loss to 10.5 despite playing in four fewer games.
The 6-5, 258-pound veteran fits the NFL hybrid role with the quickness to be used as an outside linebacker, but he’s just big enough to be thoughts of as a 4-3 pass rushing end. For this year, he should take his game up another notch with all the talent around him on the UC D.
2. CB Coby Bryant, Sr.
3. CB Ahmad Gardner, Jr.
4. LB Darrian Beavers, Sr.
5. DT Marcus Brown, Sr.
Top Incoming Cincinnati Bearcats Transfer
DT Jowon Briggs, Soph.
Because the Bearcats aren’t loaded enough at defensive tackle, they’re bringing in a 6-1, 310-pound potential wrecking ball for the rotation.
The Cincinnati tackles are hardly small, but they don’t have the 300-pound Bulk. Briggs has the big body and the experience to go with it, making 39 tackles with four sacks and seven tackles for loss in his two years at Virginia.