Watching the Cincinnati Bearcats can be very painful especially when you highlight the defensive side of the ball. The Bearcats give up an average of 30.6 points during the first five games of the season, a ton of yards and don’t have a very good turnover ratio.
While the team made great strides against the Miami Hurricanes which is a positive sign for the Bearcats. They only allowed 23 points to the Hurricanes, but over 400 plus total yards to them honestly displaying a bend, but don’t break motto to pull off a great win.
The player that stood out most to me on defense was Leviticus Payne. Payne plays cornerback and some strong side linebacker. For fans that watch the Bearcats it’s not uncommon to see Payne playing in the box or isolated one on one with the opposing teams wide receiver. Payne made multiple plays on Thursday night that made him stick out to me. He made 6 tackles and had 1 pass defensed. I know those don’t seem like godly numbers, but it seemed that Payne was always around the ball and when hit a Hurricane player they didn’t fall forward. For those that play Madden on Xbox or PlayStation (One, 360, 3 or 4) you know that Payne was a walking “Hit Stick” and that is what the Bearcats needed Thursday night and what they need for the rest of the season. The team seemed to feed off of his energy. Because of his reckless, but controlled play he led the charge for the Bearcats defense to show the Hurricanes they were here to play and weren’t going down easy.
With the injury to Adrian Witty, Payne has had to play more cornerback and so far he has seemed for than up to the task. The Bearcats as a whole can use Thursday night as barometer on how they should approach the rest of the season.