Young Bearcat Defenders Step Forward

Youth was served Saturday on the Cincinnati defense as several young members of the Bearcats stepped forward showing what they could do. We look at a few of the younger members of the defense that showed a glimpse of hope for a defense that struggled last season.

Several young players on the Cincinnati defense stepped forward and showed the future is brighter than many may feel. Be sure to watch the future development of these young Bearcats.

Jernard Pinckney (JJ) – Redshirt Freshman Cornerback

Having seen Pinckney in high school we always found him to be an interesting prospect. After watching what he’s becoming after a winter in the strength program we see a player with an extremely high upside ready to blossom. With 10 total tackles and a forced fumble, Pinckney showed he can cover and give strong run support with his 6-foot-3 frame. Could grow into a safety in the coming years.

Carter Jacobs – Sophomore Safety

Last season saw the Florida native get a chance to take part in 13 games. Saturday, Jacobs showed continued growth with a seven tackle performance. We look for Jacobs to continue a strong showing in preseason camp with him also being a major contributor on special teams.

Bryce Jenkinson – Early Enrollee Freshman Linebacker

A member of the Bearcats 2015 recruiting class, Jenkinson should be getting ready for prom and high school graduation. Instead, he was on the field Saturday posting six tackles. Early playing time could be had depending upon injuries during the season.

Landon Brazile – Redshirt Freshman Defensive End

With three tackles including a half tackle for loss, Brazile showed during the spring that he’s catching up to the game. Remember, the Dayton (Ohio) Thurgood Marshall product didn’t play high school football until his senior season. Now at 6-foot-6, 230-pounds, Brazile is just starting to catch on with the game at a higher level. Continued growth over the course of the next few months and more confidence should see Brazile on the field in some capacity in the fall. Still a year away from being where he needs to be.

Kimoni Fitz – Redshirt Freshman Defensive End

A coach Robert Prunty recruit, Fitz may have enjoyed the best day of any Bearcat defender with a ten tackle performance that included a sack. At 6-foot-4, 230-pounds Fitz has the size to play in the fall and could prove to be a big time defender in the coming years.

Others To Watch: Kevin Mouhon, Tyrell Gilbert, Davon Witherspoon

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