George Winn. Senior day is always a special event for college athletes. It's your last home game; your families in town and you want it to be memorable. For George Winn, his senior day will be one that is hard to forget. The tailback from Michigan capped off his final home game in a Cincinnati uniform with 21 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns, showing off an array of powerful runs that have become a staple in Winn's game this season. Although the Bearcats haven't had the type of season many people had hoped for, Winn never let that change his approach to every game. It's only fitting that on senior night, Winn earns himself another player of the game award.
Top Offensive Player
Brendon Kay. Continuing with our senior night theme, Brendon Kay bounced back from a difficult performance against Rutgers to put together a solid game in his final performance at Nippert Stadium. Kay finished the game 17 of 27 passing for 178 yards and one touchdown. More importantly, Kay did the one thing he didn't do against Rutgers, he played turnover free football. The senior quarterback did what he was supposed to do against USF, he managed the game, made smart decisions and checked down when the deep throws weren't there. It was an important game for Kay's confidence, as UC still has an outside shot at a Big East title, and possible BCS bowl bid. The Bearcats will need Kay to have more performances like this to ensure a successful end of the season.
Top Defensive Player
Greg Blair. At this point in the season, I might as well just copy and paste Blair's name in this spot. The senior linebacker, who was granted a redshirt year and will be back next season, capped off the 2012 home season with another double digit tackle performance, 14, and added a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Blair has turned himself from a juco transfer who seemed unsure of himself early in the season, to a confident, all-conference performer at one of the hardest positions to play on defense, outside linebacker. The transformation has been incredible to watch and is a tribute to his hard work and dedication each day in practice. Before the season, many people knew Greg as DeJuan Blair's younger brother. After this season, people might know Blair as an all Big East linebacker.