Cincinnati Football: Malik Vann is ready to return to form following season-ending injury

Cincinnati Bearcats defensive end Malik Vann against the UCF Knights at Nippert Stadium.
Cincinnati Bearcats defensive end Malik Vann against the UCF Knights at Nippert Stadium. /
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After suffering a season-ending pectoral injury a year ago, Cincinnati Bearcats veteran defensive end Malik Vann is ready to return to form!

During the home opener last September, Vann went down with an upper-body injury and was forced to miss the remainder of the season.

The Cincinnati product committed to his hometown program over six years ago and developed into a significant contributor on the defensive line.

Vann totaled 90 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and eight sacks in 47 games, helping the Bearcats secure back to back AAC championships.

Cincinnati Football: Malik Vann is ready to return to form following season-ending injury

Despite losing a lot of production from the defense, Cincinnati brings back All-AAC defensive tackles Jowon Briggs and Dontay Corleone.

Other players that are expected to make an impact on the defensive front include Dominique Perry, Eric Phillips, Justin Wodtly and more.

There has been plenty of roster turnover since last season but the defensive line shouldn’t be a concern with so much experience returning.

Vann decided to come back for a sixth year after applying for a medical redshirt and will look to cap off his memorable career on a high note.

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Make sure to stay tuned for more player profiles throughout August as Cincinnati continues to approach the inaugural Big 12 campaign.

The next player profiles will be focused on junior offensive lineman Luke Kandra, followed by senior outside linebacker Daniel Grzesiak.

With less than a month until the regular season opener against Eastern Kentucky, the Bearcats officially kicked off training camp this month!

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