Cincinnati Bearcat News: DB Ahmad Garner named AAC Defensive Player of the Week Honor

Ahmad Gardner (courtesy UC Athletic Communications)

November 29, 2021

Senior quarterback Desmond Ridder was named to the AAC honor roll

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati junior cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday following his standout performance in the Bearcats’ 35-13 win at East Carolina on Friday.
Gardner matched his career highs with eight tackles and two pass breakups, and returned a blocked field goal 60 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Detroit, Mich., native is a two-time All-AAC First Team selection who has never allowed a touchdown pass in his career. This season, he has allowed only 14 receptions on 32 targets and quarterbacks have a 12.0 rating when targeting him this season – the second-best mark in the nation.
Senior quarterback Desmond Ridder also collected AAC Honor Roll mention after throwing for 301 yards and two touchdowns, while becoming the AAC’s career record holder in total yards (12,071) and touchdown responsibility (113).
Friday’s win moved Cincinnati to 12-0 on the season for the second time in school history and gave UC homefield advantage for this Saturday’s AAC Championship Game.
Cincinnati will look to win its second consecutive America Athletic Conference Championship when it hosts No. 16/16/24 Houston on Saturday at 4 p.m. (ABC) in Nippert Stadium.
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