Bomar Has No Regrets

For senior linebacker Maalik Bomar the opportunity to stay close to home has proven to be rewarding. Getting a tenth win this season in the Belk Bowl would add to the enjoyment of being a "Hometown Bearcat".

Thursday night Maalik Bomar's will take the field for his final game for the Red & Black as the Bearcats take on the Duke Blue Devils in the Belk Bowl.

Despite all the success he's seen during his career, Bomar knows his role as a leader is needed more than ever as the Bearcats enter their bowl match-up without several members of the coaching staff.

"We're definitely looking out for the younger guys as they've not seen a situation like we have now," said Bomar. "The seniors have seen this before with one of our former coaches, Brian Kelly. So we know what to expect and we have to come out and have energy no matter what as we have a game to play. It's all about getting ten. Getting ten wins is hard in college football."

Looking back it would be easy for Bomar to wish for another season as he played during his true freshman year. However, he knows fully he helped the program reach high levels of success.

"I have no regrets," said Bomar. "I've done whatever was needed for the team. I haven't felt like it's gone too fast as I feel it's been a day-to-day process."

On the field the former Winton Woods High School products knows he's grown.

"I definitely have to say I've developed the football intelligence part of the game," said Bomar. "That is something every player should take serious as it's not necessary all physical as there's a great deal of mental preparation to this game."

One thing Bomar has found to his liking is the support of being in his hometown.

"I would say family support is a great convenience," said Bomar. "Being only 25-minutes from family is great as they can come to any game and if I need anything my family can be here."

One thing the 6-foot-2, 228-pound linebacker knows is Duke will be no pushover.

"We know Duke is a well coached team," said Bomar. "They are a team that cannot be taken lightly and it's our job to prepare for that. It started in the film room and then it starts with the defensive being on the same page learning the defense for the game."

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