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Cincinnati senior DL Marquise Copeland earned an overall grade of 88.9 from Pro Football Focus in 2017, the second-best mark for an interior defender in the AAC.

Copeland (6'2/285) was all over the field last season, notching 37 total pressures (26 QB pressures) and five sacks while on his way to earning All-AAC honorable mention for the campaign. Copeland is joined on the interior by Cortez Broughton to give the Bearcats one of their stronger position groups on what's otherwise a rebuilding team.
Source: 247Sports
May 31 - 4:05 PM

Cincinnati signed four-star 2018 RB Tavien Thomas in February.

Thomas (6'2/225) decommitted from Oklahoma in January, and the Bearcats procured his services over offers from schools like Tennessee and Ohio State. Reports indicate that Thomas is one of the better downhill runners in the class, and that he "loves to run over people" according to 247 Sports evaluators. He also can make plays in the pass game, so don't be surprised if Thomas becomes an immediate playmaker for the Cincinnati offense this fall.
May 14 - 5:50 PM

Cardinals selected Cincinnati OT Korey Cunningham with the No. 254 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Cunningham (6'5/311) didn't allow a single sack last season and posted the second-highest SPARQ score among offensive tackles before the draft, behind only Raiders first-round pick Kolton Miller. Cunningham has short arms and struggled to block powerful linemen in the American Athletic Conference, but he is worth a short to develop based on his movement skills and size.
Apr 28 - 6:57 PM

Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Ross Trail is working out a transfer release with the school.

Trail (6'3/216) hasn't been freed from his Bearcats scholarship quite yet, but Cincinnati HC Luke Fickell said that the two sides are ironing out the details. The redshirt junior was not present at practice late in the week, but had been working out with the team this spring. For his career with the program, Trail has thrown for 525 yards with an unsettling 1/6 TD/INT ratio while working mostly as a backup option. He attempted 70 passes in 2016, but just nine for the past campaign. No word as of yet whether Trail will be moving on as a graduate transfer, but that should clarify once he's officially been granted his release.
Apr 13 - 4:23 PM

Cincinnati CB Linden Stephens will visit the Saints.

It is early in the process, but the Saints seem to be sprinkling in possible late round or undrafted free agent names in with their visits. Stephens attended East-West Shrine week and picked up a minor injury, sidelining him for a bit.
Mar 28 - 8:39 AM

Cincinnati signed three-star 2018 QB Ben Bryant, who had previously been committed to Wisconsin.

Bryant made some headlines in May, when he tweeted that Wisconsin had pulled its scholarship offer to him after he posted an offer from Georgia. He ends up going with the Bearcats, so, there ya go. He ranks 30th on 247 Sports list of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the 2018 class.
Feb 25 - 2:56 PM

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

Rivals recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt predicts that Cincinnati will sign uncommitted four-star 2018 RB Tavien Thomas.

Thomas (6'2/225) is a fresh decommitment from Oklahoma, cutting free from the Sooners at the end of January. His finish to the cycle has been far from smooth. Tennessee remains on his list of finalists despite the fact that he never took an official visit to the Volunteers and he canceled a scheduled Feb. 2 trip to Ohio State. As matters currently stand, Thomas will be deciding between Oklahoma (still in the running), Ohio State, Cincinnati and Tennessee on Wednesday, with his announcement set for 3:15 PM EST. The Bearcats winning this one over the mighty Buckeyes would be a nice little coup for HC Luke Fickell and staff. Thomas is a sledgehammer of a back who is more adept at smashing through defenders rather than jitterbugging around them. Rivals ranks him as the No. 239 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Feb 6 - 5:42 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


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