Cincinnati Bearcats Football: WLB Darrian Beavers talks defense in win over Tulsa

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2020: Second-Team All-AAC honors started 10 games at linebacker for the 2020 AAC Champions. UC’s elite defense ranked in the NCAA’s Top-15 in five categories, including tied for No. 3 in both interceptions (16) and No. 3 in team passing efficiency defense (101.26). The Bearcats have forced a turnover in 20-straight games, the longest active streak in the NCAA FBS, totaling AAC highs with 55 passes defended and 16 interceptions. UC’s second-leading tackler on the season with 58 stops. Also finished with 7.5 tackles for a loss, 2.4 sacks, two interceptions, four passes defended, a QB hurry and forced fumble. Had two more more tackles in every game and had five or more on seven occasions. Had a career-best day at UCF, setting highs with 12 tackles, 4.0 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks. Picked off interceptions against USF and vs. Tulsa in the AAC Championship game. Forced a fumble in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Georgia. Elected to return to UC in 2021 to use his additional year of eligibility. 

2019: Played in all 14 games, starting in 10 … totaled 36 tackles, 1.5 for a loss along with a pair of QB hurries … had a season-best six stops at USF and had three or more tackles on six occasions … tallied four tackles at Marshall and vs. Temple … named to the 2019 AAC All-Academic Team.

PRIOR TO UC: Came to UC in the spring of 2019 after two seasons at UConn, playing 24 games and leading the Huskies with 4.0 sacks a year ago. He finished his career there with 38 career tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss and 7.0 sacks.

2018 (UConn): Played in all 12 games, started in six… Led the Huskies with 4.0 sacks… Recorded 23 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and broke up two passes… Posted career-high five tackles at Syracuse (9/22) including a sack… Registered a sack vs. Cincinnati (9/29)… Tied career-high with five tackles at USF (10/22) and a sack… Added a sack and three tackles at Tulsa (11/3).

2017 (UConn): Played in all 12 games in his freshman season…Notched 15 total tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks…Nabbed his first career tackle vs. Holy Cross (Aug. 31)…Career-high four tackles at UCF (Nov. 11)…Collected career-high two sacks at SMU (Sept. 30).

High School: Played for Tom Bolden at Colerain HS as a safety and WR. Was a scholar athlete. Three-year recipient of the Varsity Starter Award. Senior year recognized for being a 4.0 GPA student. First Team All-Conference on defense in 2015 and 2016. Team finished runner-up in States in 2016, after finishing season undefeated. Three-time GMC Champions. Also earned varsity letter in basketball and track.

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