Today we wrap up the end of year football awards. In case you missed the others, I’ve got you covered here, here, and here. This time around we will focus on arguably Cincinnati’s worst game of the season and hopefully provide a positive spin on it by giving somebody an award. The team as a whole played like garbage but the hope is that there might be one good thing, one glimmer of positivity, that we can take from that disaster.
But from the responses below, that wasn’t necessarily the case.
Tommy Perry: If you are a North Carolina fan, Ryan Switzer was deadly in this game. My hunch turned out to be right, as he burned UC on multiple occasions. Wow, he is fast! From a UC perspective, I will have to go with the fans. I couldn’t attend the game, but I heard that the crowd was great. I heard them multiple times on TV and there just seemed to be a lot of Black and Red down in Charlotte. That is great, especially considering it was almost a home game for the North Carolina fans. I hope the fan base continues to come out and support the ‘Cats, as it is great for the program and it definitely helps our image. If we want to get into a big-time conference, this must continue.
Ben Levin (@LevinMachine): My buddy and I’s Skyline Cheese Coneys during pre-game tailgating? The NCAA, for granting a waiver to allow clashing Black-versus-Blue uniforms for the game? Other than that, not much went right. I guess I’ll give it to the UNC Defense for stoning the Bearcats offense after that fumbled kickoff early in the fourth. For a few moments, there was a glimmer of hope that UC could sneak back into the game, but the Tar Heels Defense snuffed that out with a 4th down stop from the three yard line.
Spencer Tuckerman (@spncrtckrmn): Shaq Washington: Yikes. From a Bearcat perspective, there isn’t much to reflect fondly upon when it comes to this game. The only time I saw a spark in this team was when Shaq took over the wildcat QB duties coming into the 2nd half. He recorded 3 catches for 36 yards, as well as 67 rushing yards and a touchdown. In a game in which UC’s offense was abysmal, 103 all-purpose yards and a TD will earn you MVP honors.
(Honorable mention – Zach Edwards: The true freshman capped off a fantastic season with 10 total tackles and 3 pass break-ups.)
Mike Jorgensen (@Bearnati): N/A. The team wasn’t ready to play. I think Kay tried to make the most of it but with two new linemen for the game and a mess of injuries across the board, there is only so much one man can do. UNC was a good team but a very beatable opponent for us. Let’s just hope that everybody comes back healthy next year and stays healthy through bowl season.
Chris Bains: Geez.. if I have to pick a Bearcat I’d probably go with Shaq Washington? I guess? I mean he did throw for a completion, run the ball four times, and catch three passes, compiling 103 yards of total offense. Honestly, like some of you suggested, with the way this team performed no one single player really deserves an award in that game.