Two members of the Cincinnati Bearcats defense received awards today from the American Athletic Conference. Senior linebacker Eric Wilson received first team All-AAC honors and sophomore defensive tackle Cortez Broughton received second team honors Wednesday afternoon. The Bearcats had a down year, but the defense had a solid showing during 2016 and it is cool to see Wilson and Broughton get honored despite the teams play.
University of Cincinnati senior linebacker Eric Wilson (Redford, Mich./Thurston/Northwestern) and sophomore defensive tackle Cortez Broughton (Warner Robins, Ga./Veterans) earned 2016 All-American Athletic Conference honors, the league office announced Wednesday.
Wilson was a first-team all-league selection while Broughton earned second-team honors.
Wilson led the Bearcats and American Athletic Conference in tackles, averaging 10.8 stops per game. He finished with double-digit stops in eight games, including a season-high 16 tackles against East Carolina. His 129 tackles are a career best number and helped Wilson notch the first back-to-back 100 tackles season for a UC player since Greg Blair in 2012-13 and the 10th UC player to top 100 tackles since 2002. Wilson tallied 106 tackles in 2015. He led the team with 3.0 sacks, tied for second on the squad with 7.5 tackles for loss, added two passes defended, recovered two fumbles and forced one.
Broughton started all 12 games for the Bearcats and was a disruptive force up the middle. He finished the season with 42 tackles, including a season-high five stops against USF. He added five tackles for a loss, two-and-a-half sacks, a pair of pass break ups and his first career interception, against Miami (Ohio) as UC won the Victory Bell for the 11th straight year. He helped lead a defensive front that improved 15 spots in the NCAA FBS rush defense rankings, 16 spots in scoring defense, 58 spots in team tackles for loss and 24 spots in sacks.