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Cincinnati signed uncommitted four-star 2018 TE/DE Leonard Taylor.

Just what position Taylor plays for the Bearcats will be determined over the coming weeks and months. He was being recruited by Louisville as a tight end and Texas A&M as a defensive end, with Cincinnati's preferred usage for the 6-foot-6, 260-pounder currently unclear. Rivals' Josh Helmholdt was underwhelmed by Taylor's work as a tight end during the offseason camp circuit and views the newest baby Bearcat as having more upside on the defensive side of the ball than the offensive side of the ball.
Feb 7 - 6:17 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt predicts that Louisville will sign uncommitted four-star 2018 DE Leonard Taylor.

Taylor (6'6/260) is an interesting prospect in that he projects to either a defensive end or tight end. Rivals and ESPN list him as a defensive end while 247Sports sees him in as a tight end. Not even the teams competing for his signature are in consensus as to his position, with Louisville viewing him as a tight end and Texas A&M as a defensive end (Cincinnati and Kentucky are his other two finalists). Helmholdt passes along that while Taylor's work as a tight end on last summer's camp circuit left something to be desired -- and conversely, his work as a defender during the 2017 season was strong -- he prefers to play on offense, hence why Louisville may end up victorious in this battle. Taylor will make his announcement at 2:30 PM EST on Wednesday.
Source: Rivals
Feb 6 - 6:50 PM

Cincinnati hired Tennessee DL coach Steve Stripling as defensive line coach.

Homecoming! Stripling was the Bearcats' DL coach from 2010-12 before he followed Butch Jones to Tennessee. That's where he spent the past five seasons.
Jan 24 - 11:07 PM

Cincinnati promoted recruiting director Brian Mason to an on-field coaching role with the special teams unit.

Mason came on to head up Bearcats' recruiting prior to the 2017 season. He spent the previous two years at Ohio State and additionally has worked at Purdue (2013-14), Kent State (2012) and Bluffton (2009-11).
Jan 24 - 4:00 PM

Cincinnati CB Linden Stephens met with the Rams and Raiders on Tuesday.

Stephens (6'0/187) boasts solid size and ball skills, but his awareness has been questioned in the past. He's in the early stages of attempting to dispel that narrative.
Jan 16 - 7:35 PM

Bearcat Journal's Chad Brendel reports that Cincinnati will hire Bowling Green CB coach Mike Mickens to serve in the same capacity.

Mickens has been on staff with Bowling Green since 2014. He's very, very familiar with the Bearcats, as he picked off 14 passes as a player with the program in the mid-2000's before subsequently being drafted by the Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Jan 10 - 7:27 PM

Cincinnati senior RB Mike Boone "entered the season stamped by scouts as a potential late-round pick but leaves 2017 as an undraftable player," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Like NFL scouts, we were high on Boone (5'10/201) coming into each of the past two years following his 749-yard showing (7.2 YPC) as a sophomore. Unfortunately, he barely topped that yardage total over the last two campaigns combined while his YPC dropped off to around 4.0 YPC. He was hobbled by an ankle injury this year. "Durability has always been a concern for Boone," Pauline wrote.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 04:58:00 PM

Cincinnati junior WR Kahlil Lewis caught six passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 22-21 win over UConn.

Lewis (6'0/205) caught a 13-yard touchdown pass just before halftime and a 12-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter. The latter score -- aided by a two-point conversion -- knotted the game at 15-15. Bearcats QB Hayden Moore would run in the go-ahead score with under two minutes remaining in the contest. For his part, Lewis finishes out the season having registered a 61-676-7 receiving line.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 03:30:00 PM

Cincinnati junior QB Hayden Moore completed 15-of-28 passes for 187 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's loss at East Carolina.

Moore also rushed seven times for 30 yards, but it wasn't nearly enough in an ugly 28-point loss. He has managed two or more touchdown passes in back-to-back games for the first time this season. He'll look to end the season on a high note next Saturday at Nippert against UConn.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 04:01:00 PM

Cincinnati senior RB Mike Boone rushed for 59 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in Friday's 35-24 loss to Temple.

Boone (5'10/201) would have been well-served with additional carries, because he was running with power and drive when given the ball. This was none the more obvious than on his touchdown run. Midway through the third quarter, the senior bulldozed his way through several would-be tacklers from 21 yards out to find the end zone. After posting a promising 749 yards as a sophomore in 2015, Boone has struggled with injuries each of the past two campaigns and his numbers have predictably suffered. He's rushed for a mere 318 yards in nine games this season.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 12:01:00 AM

Cincinnati junior QB Hayden Moore completed 20-of-36 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 75 yards in Friday's 35-24 loss to Temple.

Moore and the offense finally came to life in the second half after being blanked in the first, but it proved to be too little too late in the end. His efforts as a runner were noteworthy, as he ripped off a few nice gains on the ground, including a sweet 29-yard scamper in the second half which saw him make a few nice moves for extra yardage. While Moore has not posted a statistically robust campaign to date, he's at least been low-grade consistent, throwing at least one touchdown pass in nine of 10 games. Cincinnati will finish out the season with contests against East Carolina and UConn. With the loss on Friday, the Bearcats dropped to 3-7 and were eliminated from bowl contention.
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 11:18:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Cincinnati senior WR Devin Gray has played like a UDFA this season.

"Eyebrows were raised when some scouts stamped Gray as a potential mid-round pick entering the season, yet thus far the senior has played like a street free agent," Pauline wrote. "The Bearcats have issues at quarterback, but for the past two seasons Gray has shown himself to be nothing other than a streaky receiver." Gray has posted a mere 22 receptions for 377 receiving yards on the campaign.
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 05:23:00 PM

Cincinnati redshirt freshman RB Gerrid Doaks rushed for 149 yards on 17 carries in Saturday's 17-16 win over Tulane.

Best performance of the season for Doaks, who averaged a sweet 8.76 YPC with a long run of 57 yards in the tight victory. The 6-foot, 222-pounder is up to a crisp 500 yards rushing in eight games this season.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 09:17:00 PM

Cincinnati three-star 2018 verbal ATH commit Yanez Rogers has official visits scheduled to Tulane and UCF.

Rogers (6'2/179) will also be taking an official to Cincinnati. While he's continuing to weigh options outside of the Bearcats, there's no indication at this juncture that he's seriously considering backing off that pledge. On the 247Sports composite board, Rogers ranks as the No. 108 ATH prospect in the 2018 class.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 08:15:00 PM

Cincinnati junior QB Hayden Moore suffered a minor elbow injury in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 33-3 loss to USF before he was pulled for Ross Trail.

Moore was playing poorly and the game had gotten out of hand by the time Trail entered, so it would have been reasonable to assume that Luke Fickell made the move to get Trail some field time late in a blowout. After the game, Fickell clarified that Moore sustained a "minor" elbow injury and that he "didn't want to take any chances."
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 02:09:00 PM

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