BCI Top 35: 26-30

BCI breaks downs the most important 35 players for the Bearcats this season. This look is at players 26-30.

Nick Temple

BCI 2011 Ranking: #30

Position: Linebacker

Experience: True Freshman

Why he made the List: He is one of the candidates to replace Walter Stewart at linebacker. It possible Stewart's move was made possible with the presence of Temple. The three-star recruit will help provide the linebacking unit with a play-making option.

Tom DeTemple

BCI 2011 Ranking: #29

Position: Long Snapper

Experience: Redshirt Senior

Why he made the List: You might be surprised to see a long snapper this high on the rankings, however, the kicking game is a very important aspect. With the Bearcats losing both its kicker and punter, DeTemple brings some experience to the kicking game. And if you don't know his name, that's a good thing. The only time the snappers name comes up if he makes a mistake.

Akise Teague

BCI 2011 Ranking: #28

Position: Running back

Experience: True Freshman

Why he made the List: Before it's all said and done, Teague could be the Bearcats' back-up running back. Ohio's Mr. Football was overlooked by that team in Central Ohio due to his stature, but his high school numbers are impressive. In his final game as a prep star, he led Ohio to a rout of Pennsylvania in the Big 33 Classic. Additionally, he could return punts allowing D.J. Woods to focus on his receiving duties.

Andre Cureton/Austen Bujnoch

BCI 2011 Ranking: #27

Position: Offensive Guard

Experience: Redshirt Sophomores

Why he made the List: This won't be the last time you hear this, but the Bearcats were next to last in sacks allowed in the BIG EAST. Either Cureton or Bujnoch will have to step into the guard position vacated by C.J. Cobb. Cureton, who has moved from tackle to guard, has dropped more than 80 pounds since he arrived on campus. Bujnoch, the younger brother of former UC guard Digger, is expected to provide fierce competition for the guard position.

Darrin Williams

BCI 2011 Ranking: #26

Position: Running Back

Experience: Redshirt Junior

Why he made the List: He is a potential change of pace back for Cincinnati. He will be in a battle with Teague and George Winn for the back-up running back. Williams will probably be the main kick returner for the Bearcats, who were ranked seventh in the BIG EAST.


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