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Cincinnati Bearcats punter James Smith named to Week 5 Ray Guy List

James Smith

CINCINNATI – University of the Cincinnati punter James Smith (Wangaratta, Australia) was named to the Ray’s 4 List for week five, the Augusta Sports Council and Ray Guy Award announced recently.

Smith punted four times for 187 yards, averaging 46.8 yards per kick in UC’s 28-7 win over USF a couple of Saturdays ago at Nippert Stadium. He had a season-long 60-yard kick and pinned the Bulls inside their nine-yard line three times.

Smith, a 2018 finalist for the Ray Guy Award, is on the watch list for the third-straight year and was joined on the weekly list by Lucas Dean (UTSA), Max Duffy (Kentucky) and Issac Power (Baylor).

FOLLOW THE BEARCATS
For all the latest information on Cincinnati football, please visit GoBEARCATS.com. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow Cincinnati football (@GoBearcatsFB) and Coach Fickell (@CoachFick) on Twitter. You can also find the Bearcats on Instagram and Facebook.

ABOUT THE RAY GUY AWARD
The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thompson, Georgia native and College and Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee, Ray Guy. Among the statistics used to identify the winner is net punting average, number of times punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, total yardage punted, average returned yardage and percentage of punts not returned with particular emphasis on net punting average. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline and have a positive impact on the team’s success.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF UC SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS

Bearcats center Jakari Robinson named to 2020 Rimington Trophy Watch List

Jakari Robinson

CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati center Jakari Robinson (Talladega, Alabama/Munford) was tabbed for the 2020 Watch list for the Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I College Football.

The junior has made 23 starts at center, helping pave the way for Michael Warren II to rush for over 1,000 yards in the 2018 and 2019 seasons. UC has ranked in the upper half of the American Athletic Conference in rushing offense and set a school record with 3,113 yards on the ground in 2018, breaking a 48-year old school record.

The Rimington Trophy uses three All-America teams – Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News, and Football Writers Association of American – to determine its winner.

ABOUT THE RIMINGTON TROPHY
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I College Football. Since its inception, award has raised over $4.5 million for the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.

Dave Rimington, the award’s namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy’s only two-time winner as the nation’s finest college interior lineman. For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com

The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about the association.

ABOUT THE BOOMER ESIASON FOUNDATION
In 1993, Gunnar Esiason – son of former NFL MVP quarterback Boomer Esiason – was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs, digestive system, and reproductive system of about 30,000 Americans by causing a thick build-up of mucus that leads to blockage, inflammation, and infection.

Boomer and his wife Cheryl founded the Boomer Esiason Foundation to raise funds and awareness for the cystic fibrosis community. The Foundation has raised over $150 million. Today, BEF offers scholarships, transplant grants, and other educational programs in an effort to assist CF patients and families in their daily lives. There have also been over 800 athletes who have competed in marathons, half marathons, and more to raise money and awareness for Team Boomer – the athletic division of the Foundation.

FOLLOW THE BEARCATS
For all the latest information on Cincinnati football, please visit GoBEARCATS.com. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow Cincinnati football (@GoBearcatsFB) and Coach Fickell (@CoachFick) on Twitter. You can also find the Bearcats on Instagram and Facebook.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF UC SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS

#9 UC Bearcats head to Dallas to take on #16 SMU tonight at 9

ZOOM VIDEO PRESS CONFERENCE PREVIEWING SMU GAME

Luke Fickell UC FTB coach Previews SMU Mustangs Not playing at Tulsa last week 10 20 20 (12:41)

 

CINCINNATI – Coming off back-to-back off weeks, the No. 9/10 University of Cincinnati football team heads out on the road for the first time in 2020, traveling to Dallas to face No. 16 SMU on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. ET inside Ford Stadium. UC’s Oct. 17 game against Tulsa was shifted to Dec. 5.

The 3-0 Bearcats are ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press poll, no. 10 in the Amway USA Today Coaches poll and playing their first night game of the season. It’s UC’s first Top-10 ranking since the final poll of the 2009 season when the Bearcats were No. 4 in the final AP poll and No. 9 in the final Coaches Poll.

UC leads the American in scoring defense and total defense and is tied for fifth in the NCAA FBS with seven interceptions.

8/10 CINCINNATI BEARCATS
Head Coach
Luke Fickell
Record at Cincinnati 29-13 (Fourth Year)
Overall Record 35-20 (Fifth Year)

16 SMU MUSTANGS
Head Coach
Sonny Dykes
Record at School 20-11 (Third Year)
Overall Record 61-56 (10th Year)

GAME INFORMATION
Facility
Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Capacity 32,000
TV ESPN2
Radio 700 WLW AM / Sirius 111 / XM 207 / Internet 967
Online TuneIn.com
Series Record Cincinnati leads 3-1
At Dallas Cincinnati leads 2-0
Last Meeting Oct. 27, 2018 – UC W, 26-20 (OT)

ON THE AIR
TV:
ESPN2
• Play-by-Play: Beth Mowins
• Analyst: Kirk Morrison
• Sideline: Kris Budden
• Online: WatchESPN.com
• Mobile App: ESPN

RADIO: BEARCATS SPORTS NETWORK
• Play-by-Play: Dan Hoard
• Analyst: Jim Kelly Jr.
• Host/Engineer: Mo Egger
• Local: 700 WLW AM
• Satellite: Sirius 111 / XM 207 / Internet 967
• Online: Tunein.com / iHeartMedia App
• Mobile App: TuneIn (search Cincinnati Bearcats)

THE SERIES
Saturday marks the fourth meeting between the two schools and first since 2018. UC leads the series 3-1. UC holds a 2-0 edge at Ford Stadium as SMU’s lone win in the series came at Nippert Stadium. Each of the last two matchups have finished in overtime with each team winning on the road.

THE COACHES
LUKE FICKELL, the 2018 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, is in his fourth season at UC. He has led UC to back-to-back 11-win seasons, the 2019 AAC East Division Championship along with consecutive bowl-game wins in the 2018 Military Bowl and 2019 TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl. A veteran of 20 years in the FBS ranks, Fickell has been a part of two national championship squads, nine conference title-winning teams (seven as a coach, two as a player at Ohio State) with 16 postseason games and 13 NFL Draft selections under his belt.

Sonny Dykes is in his third season at SMU with a 20-11 mark. He led the Mustangs to a 10-3 mark in 2019, SMU’s most wins since 1984. He joined SMU after head coaching stints at Cal (2013-16) and Louisiana Tech (2010-12). He spent 2017 at TCU as an offensive analyst. Dykes holds a career record of 61-56 in 10 years as a head coach.

STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARS …

  • UC plays its 133rd football season in 2020. The Bearcats program dates to 1885 and is one of the 10 oldest in the NCAA FBS. UC has won a league title five times in the last 13 years and has played 11 bowl games in the past 14 years.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UC lost games at Nebraska and vs. Miami (OH) and Western Michigan. The APSU game was moved from Sept. 3 to Sept. 19 and the Bearcats played Army West Point on Saturday, Sept. 26 in Nippert Stadium.  UC’s AAC game at Tulsa was moved from Saturday, Oct. 10 to Saturday, Dec. 5.
  • UC has won five-straight American Athletic Conference FB Team Academic Excellence Awards from 2015-20.
  • During the 2019-20 calendar year, UC was the only school in the NCAA FBS to play for a conference title in MBB (winter 2019), lacrosse (spring 2019), baseball (spring 2019), volleyball (fall 2019), football (fall 2019) and WBB (winter 2020).
  • Fifteen states and four countries are represented on UC’s 2020 roster, which features nearly 62 percent (77/125) Ohio natives, including 31 from Cincinnati. Eighty-three of UC’s 125 players (66.4 percent) are sophomores or below.
  • UC is 25-5 since 2018, ranking among the top seven teams in CFB in winning percentage during that span (.833).
  • Cincinnati set a school record with its 16th straight win at home, the fifth-longest active streak among NCAA FBS schools. The Bearcats won 15 straight home games from Nov. 8, 1952 to Nov. 13, 1954. Cincinnati is one of seven teams in the FBS to go undefeated at home the last two-plus seasons, joining Ohio State, UAB, Clemson and Notre Dame.
  • QB Desmond Ridder became the eighth signal caller in school history to cross the 5,000-career passing yards plateau. He has thrown for 5,206 yards in his career thus far and sits seventh on the all-time passing chart.
  • UC is tied for second in the NCAA FBS with seven interceptions. The Bearcats grabbed five against USF, their most in a game since 2016 (5 @ Purdue) and most at Nippert Stadium since 2007 (6 vs. Oregon State).
  • DE Ethan Tucky blocked an Army punt in the second quarter, his first of the season and fifth of his career.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Ryan Koslen; COURTESY UC SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Alabama head coach Nick Saban cleared to coach tonight’s game against #3 Georgia

Nick Saban (file photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He will be coaching tonight after all!

 

Per SEC protocol, Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban, has been cleared to return for tonight’s showdown against No. 3 Georgia  following his third consecutive negative test for COVID-19, the school’s athletic department announced this morning.

“Upon evaluation today, Coach Saban remains completely asymptomatic,” a statement from Dr. Jimmy Robinson, the team’s physician, said. “To address the potential for a false positive, the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol allows for follow-up testing to clear the individual’s return to activity. That protocol requires three negative PCR tests taken 24 hours apart.”

Saban and Greg Byrne, the school’s director of athletics, both tested positive for the virus, the university said on Wednesday. Saban, 68, said he had no symptoms related to Covid and immediately isolated at home after receiving the positive test.

Alabama is unbeaten on the season at 3-0, and ranked second in the Associated Press national poll. Georgia, also 3-0, is ranked third.

 

College Football Upset, Saturday, October 10, 2020: No. 21 Texas A&M 41, No. 4 Florida 38

Oct 10, 2020

 

LED BY MUCH-MALIGNED QB KELLEN MOND, AGGIES SURPRISE GATORS

 

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION (AP) — Isaiah Spiller rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 21 Texas A&M beat fourth-ranked Florida 41-38 on Seth Small’s 26-yard field goal as time expired Saturday.

QB Kellen Mond silenced his critics by coming up huge in upset win

Big win for Jimbo Fisher in building the Aggies program

RB Isaiah Spiller ran past, through and over Florida's defense

Spiller helped get the Aggies get into position for Small’s decisive kick, giving Jimbo Fisher his first win over a top-five team since taking over as Texas A&M coach.

QB Kellen Mond, who has been criticized all during his career in College Station that he isnt a great QB, can’t win the big games or he disappears when the Aggies needs him the most, showed he is great when needed. He passed for 338 yards and three touchdowns to help the Aggies (2-1, 2-1 SEC) down the previously undefeated Gators (2-1, 2-1)

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask had 312 yards passing and four TDs, but the Gators were done in by the late mistake and another poor performance by their defense.

Caleb Chapman finished with nine receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns as the Aggies bounced back from last week’s lopsided loss to No. 2 Alabama.

Team Notes

  • The victory over No. 4 Florida is A&M’s first win over a top-five team since defeating No. 3 Auburn on the road, 41-38, in 2014 and the first top-five win at Kyle Field since knocking off No. 1 Oklahoma, 30-26, in 2002.
  • Sophomore RB Isaiah Spiller’s 174 yards on the ground and sophomore WR Caleb Chapman’s 151 receiving yards in the game marked the first time in program history A&M has had a 150-yard receiver and 150-yard rusher in the same game.
  • This was also the first time the Aggies have had a 100-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher in the same game since Jhamon Ausbon (109 receiving yards) and Isaiah Spiller (116 rushing yards) each passed the century mark against Lamar in 2019.
  • The Aggies tallied 543 yards of total offense against the Gators, the most in regulation in a SEC game since putting up 559 against Tennessee in 2016.
  • This was the first time since Oct. 4, 2014 that the Aggies saw four players finish with over 50 receiving yards in an SEC game – C. Chapman (151), A. Smith (53), J. Wydermyer (53), C. Lane (52).
  • Spiller’s 174 rushing yards against No. 4 Florida marked the first time an Aggie has rushed for over 100 yards in a game against a top-10 opponent since Trayveon Williams ran for 198 yards in the win over No. 8 LSU to conclude the 2018 regular season.
  • Today’s captains against Florida were S Keldrick Carper, DL Micheal Clemons and OL Carson Green.

 

Individual Notes

  • Senior QB Kellen Mond became A&M’s all-time leader in career passing yards against Florida, as his 338 yards in the game upped his career total to 8,224 yards. He also holds the program career records in completions (680) and attempts (1,168).
  • This was the seventh 300-yard passing game of Mond’s career and the second time he has thrown for over 300 yards in back-to-back games.
  • Mond’s three touchdown passes in the victory matched his regulation career high.
  • Mond moved to 24-13 as a starter, which ties him for fourth all-time at A&M with Bucky Richardson (24-6-1).
  • Sophomore RB Isaiah Spiller recorded the seventh 100-yard rushing game of his career, second of the season, finishing with 174 yards, 133 coming in the second half. After passing the century mark on the ground only once against an SEC opponent as a freshman, he has done so twice in league play through three games this year.
  • Spiller scored a pair of second-half touchdowns on the ground, marking the third multi-touchdown game of his career.
  • Sophomore WR Caleb Chapman set career highs in every receiving category, finishing with 151 yards on nine catches and a pair of touchdowns. This marked the first time an A&M receiver has had over 150 yards in a game since Christian Kirk hauled in 189 yards against Wake Forest in 2017.
  • Freshman WR Chase Lane scored the first touchdown is his career on A&M’s opening drive with an 11-yard reception in the end zone.
  • Senior LB Buddy Johnson matched his career high with 11 tackles against Florida, marking the fourth time in his career he has reached double figures in the category and the third straight game he has led the team this season.
  • Junior PK Seth Small’s two made field goals upped his career makes total to 42, which ties him for sixth all-time at A&M

 

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF TEXAS A&M ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

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