Cincinnati Football: Bearcats defensive line duo included on preseason All-Big 12 projections

Cincinnati Bearcats defensive tackle Dontay Corleone recovers a fumble against the UCF Knights. Getty Images.
Cincinnati Bearcats defensive tackle Dontay Corleone recovers a fumble against the UCF Knights. Getty Images. /
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Bearcats defensive line duo Dontay Corleone and Daniel Grzesiak were included on the Sports Info Solutions Preseason All-Big 12 Defensive Team!

Corleone is expected to contend for the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as he hopes to build on a spectacular redshirt freshman campaign.

Grzesiak was one of the most sought after players in the transfer portal after totaling 52 tackles and 8.5 sacks during his lone season at Utah State.

Make sure to look ahead to the Bearcats inaugural campaign in the Big 12 with a break down of the conference schedule and regular season opener.

Cincinnati Football: Bearcats defensive line duo included on preseason All-Big 12 projections

Cincinnati is set to face a tougher schedule in the Big 12, competing against several established contenders like Oklahoma, TCU, Texas and others!

Moving to a new conference with a first-year head coach could be challenging and will require patience as the program adjusts to Big 12 play.

Scott Satterfield’s team will develop new rivalries against opponents within the Big 12, while reuniting with former rival West Virginia.

The Bearcats defense has been a formidable force for years but they will face new obstacles in a conference that is known for explosive offenses.

Cincinnati Football: Bearcats defensive tackle Dontay Corleone receives preseason recognition

After an impressive freshman year, Bearcats defensive tackle Dontay Corleone was named to the Walter Camp Preseason All-American First Team.

Corleone racked up 45 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles last season, highlighted by a career-high 11 tackles against Navy in November.

The Cincinnati native emerged as a dominant defensive tackle en route to earning All-AAC First Team and Associated Press All-American honors.

With a determined staff and roster in place, the Bearcats have potential to make noise in the Big 12 and secure bowl eligibility for a sixth year in a row.

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