What a difference a week can make. After coming out firing against Temple last Saturday, Brendon Kay looked very much like a first year starter against Rutgers. While his stats were decent, 17 of 31 for 231 yards while adding 46 yards rushing, it was his two costly interceptions that shifted the game. Both throws ended solid drives by the Cincinnati offense and forced an already worn-out defense back on the field with minimal break time. Kay did make some solid throws, but looked uncomfortable in traditional drop pack passing situations. He will have to work on this going forward, although a late game injury has made his availability questionable for this Friday's game.
BearcatInsider grade: C-
It's hard to give a grade to a unit that only received 13 combined touches throughout the whole game, but I will do my best. It's no secret that George Winn is this offense's best player/most consistent performer, so it was a shock to see him only receive 11 carries against the Scarlet Knights. His numbers were not great, but that was due more to the talent of the Rutgers defense than the playmaking ability of Winn. His 35 rushing yards were a season low, and he was held out of the end zone for the first time in three games. His backfield counterpart, Ralph Abernathy IV, received only two carries, which resulted in zero yards, but Abernathy was able to play a positive role in the passing game, finishing with three catches for 52 yards. This unit must be more of a factor in the Bearcats remaining games to see this team get back on the winning side of things.
BearcatInsider grade: C
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
When Cincinnati was moving the ball on offense, it was due to their passing attack, and the wide receivers were a big reason for that success. Tight end Travis Kelce had another solid day, finishing with five catches for 50 yards, and Damon Julian had two nice catches totaling 36 receiving yards. With Kay struggling a bit, it was tough for this unit to get into a normal rhythm, but they made the most of the opportunities they were given. Kenbrell Thompkins needs to play a bigger role in this group going forward, he only two catches on Saturday, but a lot of their production is due to the play of the quarterbacks, which has been inconsistent at best the past few games. Hopefully they can figure out the quarterback situation this Friday and give the wide receivers the consistency they have been lacking lately.
BearcatInsider grade: C+