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The Cincinnati Bearcats will hit the road for their next American Athletic Conference game. The Bearcats are trying to get their first win in the AAC and if they are going to do it will have to be done against the Connecticut Huskies at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. The game will kickoff at 11:30 am and will be aired on CBS Sports Network.

The Connecticut Huskies are currently 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the American Athletic Conference. Like the Bearcats they are searching for their first win in the AAC. We are going to highlight the Huskies for the Bearcat fans.


The Huskies are led by co-offensive coordinators Frank Verducci (tight ends coach) and Mike Cummings (offensive line coach). The Verducci and Cummings led bunch currently is averaging 19.8 points per game.

Redshirt junior quarterback Bryant Shirreffs is still leading the offense he is a dual threat back there. Shirreffs currently has thrown for 1058 yards on 62.6% with completions, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He also has run for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Arkeel Newsome is the main running back he currently has 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. Newsome currently only has 4 catches, but he is known for making plays out of the back field also.

The wide receiver the Bearcats must keep in check is senior Noel Thomas. Thomas has 46 catches for 523 yards and 2 touchdowns. He only averages 11.4 yards a catch, but Shirreffs is looking for Thomas every pass play.


The Huskies defense is led by co-defensive coordinators Anthony Poindexter and Vincent Brown. Poindexter and Brown currently have the defense giving up 26.4 points per game.

The heart and soul of the defense is safety Obi Melifonwu, he is leading the team in tackles with 47 on the season. Cornerback Jamar Summers is still in the fold, for those that don’t know Summers is a legit playmaker.

Defensive lineman Cole Ormsby is leading the team with 3 sacks on the season

Head Coach

Bob Diaco is in his third season with the Huskies they are currently 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the AAC. He’s is 10-20 overall and 5-13 in the AAC for his career. Bearcat fans remember Diaco because he used to be their defensive coordinator under Brian Kelly.

Special Teams

Kicker Bobby Puyol is one of the best in the nation he is automatic as he hasn’t missed an extra point or a field goal this season.

The kick and punt return game hasn’t been explosive this season led by Brian Lemelle and Tyraiq Beals. Beals longest kick return is 23 yards.

Punter Justin Wain has been solid averaging 41.9 yards per punt with 15 inside the 20.

Connecticut Huskies Depth Chart - 2016
Regular Offense
WR Noel Thomas Brian Lemelle
TE Alec Bloom Chris Lee
LT Matthew Peart Steve Hashemi
LG Brendan Vechery Kyle Schafenacker
C Ryan Crozier Daniel Oak
RG Richard Levy Tom Tabur
RT Andreas Knappe Trey Rutherford
WR Hergy Mayala Tyraiq Beals
QB Bryant Shirreffs Garrett Anderson
FB (TE) Tommy Myers (TE) Tyler Davis
HB Arkeel Newsome Ron Johnson
Base 4-3 Defense
LDE Cole Ormsby Sheriden Lawley
LDT Folorunso Fatukasi Sean Marinan
RDT Mikal Myers Kevin Murphy
RDE Luke Carrezola Cameron Stapleton
WLB Vontae Diggs Jon Hicks
MLB Junior Joseph Chris Britton
SLB Matthew Walsh E.J. Levenberry
CB Jhavon Williams John Green
SS Anthony Watkins Brice McAllister
FS Obi Melifonwu Marshe Terry
CB Jamar Summers John Robinson
Special Teams
K Bobby Puyol Michael Tarbutt
P Justin Wain Brett Graham
H Tyler Davis
PR Brain Lemelle Tyraiq Beals
KR Arkeel Newsome Brice McAllister
LS Nick Zecchino Jamar Summers

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