Kenbrell Thompkins Answers the Call.

The senior wide receiver had a breakout game against Virginia Tech, providing the UC passing attack with the big play weapon it has needed.

Throughout the first four weeks of the season, I have been preaching the need for Cincinnati to have a receiver step up and be their go-to guy. There have been players who have shown flashes of that potential, like junior Anthony McClung and senior Damon Julian, but not one that has had one of those "give me the ball" type of games. On Saturday against Virginia Tech, senior Kenbrell Thompkins left little doubt in people's minds who UC's go-to receiver is going forward.

Thompkins led the way for UC with seven receptions for 134 yards and one touchdown, giving Munchie a go-to target and providing the big play weapon this Bearcat passing attack has needed all season. He more than doubled his season's receiving yards and receptions during the game, flashing the potential to be the reliable target every passing attack needs to be successful.

If you go down the list of top offenses in college football, you'll see most all of them have a go-to receiver at their disposal. Robert Woods and Marquise Lee at USC. DeAnthony Thomas at Oregon. Tavon Austin at West Virginia. All of these player's provide their respective quarterbacks with a reliable target and comfort that top offenses need to have a balanced attack. Cincinnati's rushing attack has been fantastic this season, allowing the passing game to have some leeway in its development. But in order to take that next step as a team, the passing game needs to develop that guy. With Thompkins seemingly taking over that role, it forces opposing defenses to pick their poison in regards to the Cincinnati offense. Stack the box to stop the run? UC will go over the top with their passing game. Drop 6 back in coverage? The Bearcats will shred you up the middle with George Winn and Ralph Abernathy IV. It's all deadly.

Now I'm aware it's only been one game and maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves, but Virginia Tech has one of the top secondarys in the country, and for Thompkins to have the kind of success he did against some NFL caliber defensive backs, it gives me hope that he will be able to continue that success against Big East competition. If he does, this Cincinnati offense can be deadly.


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