Cincinnati Bearcats Football News: Corleone Named Walter Camp Preseason Player to Watch

By Bane Rossi

Dontay Corleone UC FTB


Aug. 11, 2023

A 2022 Third Team All-American, the Cincinnati native is also on the preseason Outland and Bronko Nagurski watch lists


CINCINNATI – Cincinnati football redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dontay Corleone added another preseason honor to his resume on Friday when he was named by the Walter Camp Football Foundation to its annual preseason “players to watch” list for the 2023 Player of the Year award.

Corleone is one just seven defensive players, among 45 overall, to earn mention for the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.

Earlier this month he was named to the watch list for the 2023 Outland Trophy and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy in addition to preseason All-Big 12 accolades.

The Cincinnati Colerain High School product anchored a defense that ranked fifth nationally with 4.61 yards per play allowed and totaled 45 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in only 11 games in 2022 to earn All-AAC First Team and Third Team All-America selections from the Associated Press (AP) and Pro Football Focus (PFF). He was also named an AFCA and College Football News Freshman All-American.


He finished as the nation’s highest-graded defensive player by PFF (93.8) in 2022 and recorded a single-season run defense grade (94.7) that was the best of any player since 2019.