Cincinnati Bearcats Ridder & White Earn American Athletic Conference Player of the Week Honors

Nov. 16, 2020

CINCINNATI โ€“ย University of Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder on top (Louisville, Kentucky/St. Xavier) and linebacker Jarell White on bottom (Cincinnati, Ohio/La Salle) was named American Athletic Conference Players of the Week on offense and defense, respectively, the league office announced Monday.

The 7-0 Bearcats remained unbeaten following a 55-17 home win over East Carolina on Friday, Nov. 13. UC has gone undefeated at home in three straight seasons for the first time in school history, building on a school-record 19-game NIppert Stadium winning streak.

Ridder was responsible for four touchdowns and had 402 yards of total offense in the victory. He completed 24 of 31 passes for a season-high 327 yards and three touchdowns (33, 45, 12) and added a team-high 75 rushing yards including a 7-yard TD. Ridder, who leads UC with 14 touchdown passes and nine rushing scores, has accounted for 17 touchdowns in the Bearcatsโ€™ last four games.

White, also tabbed as the Generation UCAN Walter Camp Football Foundation Football Bowl Subdivision National Defensive Player of the Week, led a Cincinnati defense that limited East Carolina to 17 points and 293 total yards. He had a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown to go along with seven tackles, a sack and QB hurry. It marked the Bearcats first defensive TD of the year and Whiteโ€™s first career score. The AAC leader in tackles, White notched his third career interception and a career-long interception run back. White leads The American with 9.3 tackles per game this season.

The No. 7 Bearcats return to action on Saturday, starting a three-game road trip to close the regular season at UCF. Kickoff from the Bounce House is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and 700 WLW AM.

 
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