Brendon Kay. In his first career start for the Bearcats, Kay proved himself in a big way, leading the offense in a dominant performance. That statistics speak for themselves; 13 or 21 for 244 yards passing and two touchdowns, but this award looks beyond just statistics. Kay managed that game like a veteran starter. The knock on former starter Munchie Legaux was his inability to put together a complete game. He would make one or two awful decisions per a game that would swing momentum and stall drives. With Kay behind center, the Cincinnati offense moved the ball with ease, and Kay made smart decisions throughout the game, not forcing unnecessary throws and going through his progressions like a multi-year starter. If the Bearcats can continue to get these kinds of performances from Kay, I expect the wins to keep on rolling in, and possibly a few more player of the game awards for number eleven.
Top Offensive Player
George Winn. After his career performance last week against Syracuse, Winn put together another great game Saturday against the Owls. The senior running back finished with 83 yards rushing on 20 carries and two touchdowns, giving him five total touchdowns in the past two games. Although he did not top the 100-yard mark on the ground, it was a typical Winn performance. He ran hard on every carry, was great in pass protection and did performed like a senior leader should. This Cincinnati offense has come to rely on the rushing attack to perform well every game with the uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position, and the running backs have responded in a positive way. At this point, it will be more surprising to NOT see George Winn as one of our players of the game.
Top Defensive Player
Drew Frey. After shaking off the injury bug that had been plaguing him for much of the season, Frey stepped up in a big way for the ailing Cincinnati secondary. The senior safety finished the game with three tackles, including one tackle for loss, one interception and two pass breakups. Frey's game showed the versatility that he brings to the defense when healthy. He's great in coverage, as proven by his two pass break ups and one interception, and he can come up and make plays behind the line of scrimmage when necessary. The deeper we get into the season, the more important having your starters healthy becomes. With Frey officially back in the fold on defense, the rest of the season is looking bright for the UC secondary.