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2017 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

The 2017 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bearcats were led by first-year head coach Luke Fickell who was hired in December 2016.[1] The Bearcats played their home games at Nippert Stadium, and were members of the East Division in the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season 4–8, 2–6 in AAC play to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place in the East Division.

2017 Cincinnati Bearcats football
Cincinnati University Bearcats textlogo.svg
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
DivisionEast Division
2017 record4–8 (2–6 The American)
Head coachLuke Fickell (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Denbrock (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorMarcus Freeman (1st season)
Home stadiumNippert Stadium
(Capacity: 40,000)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 UCF xy$   8 0         13 0  
No. 21 South Florida   6 2         10 2  
Temple   4 4         7 6  
Cincinnati   2 6         4 8  
UConn   2 6         3 9  
East Carolina   2 6         3 9  
West Division
No. 25 Memphis xy   7 1         10 3  
Houston   5 3         7 5  
Navy   4 4         7 6  
SMU   4 4         7 6  
Tulane   3 5         5 7  
Tulsa   1 7         2 10  
Championship: UCF 62, Memphis 55
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of January 9, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll.

Previous SeasonEdit

In 2016, the Bearcats were led by fourth-year head coach Tommy Tuberville, After being predicted to finish second in the AAC East, The Bearcats finished 2016 season with a 4-8 (1-7 AAC) record with a five-game losing streak to end the year, missing a bowl game for the first time since 2010. UC suffered a number of season-ending injuries and never found any consistency offensively, dropping from the Top-5 in the NCAA FBS a year ago to No. 101 in total offense. The defense showed significant improvements during the campaign, including being among the national leaders in forced turnovers. After the season Tuberville announced he was stepping down as head coach on December 4, 2016.[2] Tuberville was 29-22 with the Bearcats, notching three bowl appearances and a share of the 2014 American Athletic Conference Championship

ScheduleEdit

The Bearcats' 2017 schedule will consist of six home games and six away games. Cincinnati will host two of its four non-conference games; against Austin Peay from the Ohio Valley Conference, and Marshall from Conference USA. They will travel to Michigan for the first ever meeting between the Bearcats and Wolverines and long time rival Miami (OH) for their annual Victory Bell game.

The Bearcats will play eight conference games; hosting UCF, UConn, Temple and SMU. They will travel to East Carolina, Navy, South Florida and Tulane. On September 14, 2017, the American Athletic Conference announced that Cincinnati will play at USF on Saturday, October 14 and will have its bye week on October 28 due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 317:00 p.m.Austin Peay*ESPN3W 26–1430,831
September 912:00 p.m.at No. 8 Michigan*ABCL 14–36111,384
September 168:00 p.m.at Miami (OH)*FOX 19W 21–1721,811
September 233:30 p.m.at NavyCBSSNL 32–4233,134
September 307:00 p.m.Marshall*
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPN3L 21–3835,736
October 78:00 p.m.No. 25 UCF
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPNUL 23–5127,253
October 147:30 p.m.at No. 18 South FloridaESPNUL 3–3343,708
October 214:00 p.m.SMU 
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPNUL 28–31 OT30,885
November 44:00 p.m.at TulaneESPN3W 17–1620,798
November 107:00 p.m.Temple
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPN2L 24–3522,773
November 1812:00 p.m.at East CarolinaCBSSNL 20–4831,923
November 2512:00 p.m.UConn
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPNewsW 22–2123,125
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summariesEdit

Austin PeayEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Governors 0 7 0 7 14
Bearcats 0 14 6 6 26
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–0 2011 CIN, 72–10

at MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 7 0 7 0 14
No. 8 Wolverines 14 3 7 12 36
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Miami (OH)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 3 0 0 18 21
RedHawks 7 0 7 3 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
55–59–7 2016 CIN, 37–33

at NavyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 7 10 7 8 32
Midshipmen 14 7 14 7 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 1956 NAVY, 13–7

MarshallEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Thundering Herd 7 17 7 7 38
Bearcats 0 0 7 14 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–3–1 2008 CIN, 33–10

UCFEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 25 Knights 20 17 14 0 51
Bearcats 7 9 7 0 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2016 UCF, 24–3

at South FloridaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 3 0 0 0 3
No. 18 Bulls 3 20 7 3 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–6 2016 USF, 45–20

SMUEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Mustangs 14 7 0 73 31
Bearcats 10 10 0 80 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2014 CIN, 41–3

at TulaneEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 3 7 7 0 17
Green Wave 7 6 0 3 16
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–11 2014 CIN, 38–14

TempleEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 3 10 15 7 35
Bearcats 0 0 14 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–11–1 2016 TEMP, 34–14

at East CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 0 13 7 0 20
Pirates 14 10 14 10 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–12 2016 CIN, 31–19

UConnEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 3 3 9 6 21
Bearcats 0 7 0 15 22
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–3 2016 CONN, 20–9

PersonnelEdit

Roster and staffEdit

2017 Cincinnati Bearcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Kahlil Lewis Jr
RB 3 Michael Warren III Fr
RB 5 Mike Boone Sr
WR 6 Tshumbi Johnson   Sr
WR 7 Javan Hawes Fr
QB 8 Hayden Moore Jr
QB 9 Desmond Ridder Fr
QB 10 Jake Sopko   Fr
QB 12 Ross Trail   So
TE 18 Tyler Cogswell   Sr
WR 19 Tyrin Summers   Fr
WR 21 Devin Gray Sr
RB 22 Jaelen Greene Fr
RB 23 Gerrid Doaks   Fr
WR 25 Casey Kirk Fr
WR 26 Jerron Rollins So
WR 27 Hunter Gillespie   So
WR 29 Cameron Naber Fr
RB 30 Michael Kopaygorodsky Fr
RB 34 Joshuwa Holloman   So
RB 35 Taylor Boose   So
WR 35 Trent Cloud Fr
OL 52 Reed Armagost   So
OL 53 Tyler McGarr   So
OL 54 Keith Minor Jr
OL 55 Alex Heil   So
OL 56 Kyle Trout   Jr
OL 60 Zach Bycznski   Fr
OL 61 Mason Garrison So
OL 64 Will Steur Sr
OL 66 David Niehaus   Sr
OL 68 Doug Bates   Fr
OL 70 Jakari Robinson Fr
OL 71 Korey Cunningham Sr
OL 72 Garrett Campbell Sr
OL 72 Blake Yager So
OL 74 Kendall Calhoun Sr
OL 76 Evan Mallory So
OT 77 Vincent McConnell Fr
OL 78 Morgan James Jr
OL 79 Drew Hartmann Fr
WR 80 Malick Mbodj   Fr
WR 81 Garrett Weaver Jr
TE 82 Wilson Huber Fr
TE 83 Josiah Deguara So
WR 85 Thomas Geddis So
WR 86 Rashad Medaris   So
TE 87 Bruno Labelle   Fr
WR 88 Braxton Neal So
TE 89 Jake Elfers Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
S 2 Tyrell Gilbert Jr
CB 3 Christian Angulo   So
LB 6 Perry Young So
LB 8 Jarell White Fr
CB 9 Linden Stephens Jr
CB 13 Grant Coleman Sr
CB 15 Rashaad Stewart Fr
S 16 Darrick Forrest Fr
LB 17 R.J. Potts Fr
S 17 Collin Widecan So
CB 18 Josiah Robey Fr
S 19 Davin Pierce Sr
S 20 Carter Jacobs Sr
DB 20 Ethan Tucky Fr
DB 21 Marquese Gray Fr
S 24 Malik Clements Jr
CB 24 Noah Hamlin Fr
S 25 Coby Bryant Fr
CB 30 Chris Murphy   Jr
CB 31 Marquis Smith   Fr
DB 32 James Wiggins   Fr
LB 33 Jaylyin Minor Sr
LB 34 Kyle Bolden Fr
S 36 Sheldon Doss   So
LB 40 Ty Sponseller   Fr
LB 41 Joel Dublanko   Fr
DE 42 Devin Williams Fr
DE 43 Michael Pitts   Fr
DE 44 Marquise Copeland Jr
LB 45 DeMarko Baker Fr
DE 47 Landon Brazile   Jr
LB 48 Kevin Mouhon   Jr
OLB 49 Tyquan Statham   Fr
DE 51 Kimoni Fitz Jr
DE 55 Caleb Ashworth   So
DE 56 Mark Wilson   Sr
DE 86 Angelo Howze Fr
DE 89 Nick Staderman   Fr
DE 92 Curtis Brooks   Fr
DE 93 Elijah Ponder   Fr
DE 94 Joe Schroer Fr
DE 95 Bryan Wright So
DT 96 Cortez Broughton Jr
DT 97 Norman Oglesby So
DT 98 Lyndon Johnson Sr
DT 99 Marcus Brown Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 16 Andrew Gantz Sr
LS 31 Kyle Curtis Sr
K 34 Josh Pasley   Sr
P 37 James Smith Fr
LS 57 Cody Armstrong   Fr
K 58 Garrett Rigby   Fr
K 69 Zach Wood Fr
K 97 Ryan Jones So
K 98 Cole Smith Fr


Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Mike Denbrock (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)- 1st year
  • Marcus Freeman (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)- 1st year
  • Doug Phillips (Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends)- 1st year
  • Ron Crook (Offensive Line)- 1st year
  • Gino Guidugli (Running Backs)- 1st year
  • Willie Martinez (Cornerbacks)- 1st year
  • Joker Phillips (Wide Receivers)- 1st year
  • Jon Tenuta (Safeties)- 1st year
  • Al Washington (Defensive Line)- 1st year
  • Brady Collins (Director of Football Sports Performance)- 1st year

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

Roster

Depth chartEdit

Awards and milestonesEdit

American Athletic Conference honorsEdit

Defensive player of the weekEdit

  • Week 3: Malik Clements[3]

American Athletic Conference All-Conference First TeamEdit

  • James Smith, P

[3]

American Athletic Conference All-Conference Second TeamEdit

[3]

American Athletic Conference All-Conference Honorable MentionEdit

  • Marquise Copeland, DL

[3]

2018 NFL DraftEdit

Rnd. Pick # NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
7* 254 Arizona Cardinals Korey Cunningham  OT Cincinnati The American

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Luke Fickell Named Football Head Coach". GoBearcats.com. CBSi Advanced Media. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Tommy Tuberville Steps Down As Cincinnati Football Head Coach". GoBearcats.com. CBSi Advanced Media. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "American Athletic Conference Media Guide" (PDF). American Athletic Conference. Retrieved September 6, 2018.