Ralph Abernathy IV. This was a tough game to pick out "top players" being that they lost, and quarterback Munchie Legaux scored the only two touchdowns, and he did not have a great game. However, watching the game, Abernathy stood out due to his big play ability and the 52-yard run he broke off in the third quarter. It's clear that this Cincinnati offense is trying to get Abernathy involved as much as possible, and RD helps his case when he has games like this. His final stats were nine carries for 98 yards rushing and one catch for -1 yards. The 10.9 yards per rush stat really stands out. It's never easy picking these awards after a loss, but Abernathy earned it. He's a big play waiting to happen.
Top Offensive Player
Damon Julian. The senior wide receiver from New Jersey gets this award not based quantity, but quality. His stats were pedestrian, two catches for 36 yards and one touchdown, but what a touchdown it was. With UC down six in the third quarter, Legaux fired up a pass into double coverage, with only Julian there to make a play. The 6-2, 210 pounder out jumped both Toledo defenders and came down with a pass that easily could have been intercepted. Julian is one of Cincinnati's most physically imposing wide outs, and although he does not receive the most targets, he knows how to take advantage of his chances. His touchdown catch against the Rockets proved that.
Top Defensive Player
Greg Blair. The brother of NBA player DeJuan Blair, Greg has been a massive part of this Cincinnati defense all season long. His stats against Toledo last Saturday showed a player who is coming into his own and becoming one of the most consistent defensive players for the Bearcats. Blair finished the game with 15 tackles, seven of those solo, and one tackle for loss. The defense did not have their best game as a unit, allowing Toledo to move the ball at will all game long, but Blair was one of the bright spots. One can only hope he can build on this performance and continue to grow as a player and leader for the Cincinnati defense.