BCI Top 35: Final 5

BearcatInsider looks at the five most important Bearcats. Who lands in the top spot?

Sean Hooey

BCI 2011 Ranking: #5

Position: Offensive Lineman

Experience: Junior

Why he made the List: Hooey earned his first letter last season, appearing in four different games … there isn't a lot of depth on the offensive line, so Hooey needs to perform at a high level.

J.K. Schaffer

BCI 2011 Ranking: #4

Position: Linebacker

Experience: Senior

Why he made the List: The depth behind Schaffer is lacking, so his health and tackling prowess is of utmost importance to the Bearcats' defense. Schaffer led the team with 111 tackles, 41 more than second-place Maalik Bomar.

Zach Collaros

BCI 2011 Ranking: #3

Position: Quarterback

Experience: Redshirt Senior

Why he made the List: With Chazz Anderson leaving for Buffalo, there is no experience behind Collaros. The back-up quarterback options have attempted a total of six passes. Collaros led the BE in total offense with 282.2 yards per game. He threw for 26 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. Collaros will definitely have to cut down on his turnovers.

Walter Stewart

BCI 2011 Ranking: #2

Position: Defensive Lineman

Experience: Redshirt Junior

Why he made the List: The best way to help an inconsistent secondary is with a consistent pass rush. Stewart will be a full-time defensive end and the move will be beneficial to both him and the Bearcats. His athleticism could help him be one of the BIG EAST leaders in sacks and tackles for loss.

Derek Wolfe

BCI 2011 Ranking: #1

Position: Defensive Lineman

Experience: Senior

Why he made the List: Cincinnati needs to stop the run to have a better defense. Wolfe, who was named to the Nagurski and Outland watchlist, will be one of the primary run stoppers. Statically, the rushing defense was terrible, but getting stops in key situations was troublesome.


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