While the Bearcats finished their first season in the Big East on a low note, there are several high spots for Bearcat fans to look forward to in the coming seasons. The Big East Conference announced their All-Big East Team for the 2005 season today and two Bearcats received honors.
While the Bearcats didn't place anyone on the conference 1st Team, they did place two players on the 2nd Team. "True" Freshmen Corey Smith and Mike Mickens have both been honored by the Big East Conference by making the 2nd Team All-Conference honors.
Smith, a 6'1 / 215 lb. outside linebacker from Salem High School (New Jersey) played a key role within the Bearcats defense before an injury shortened his season. Smith showed his dedication to the program before he even arrived on campus. Last spring Smith traveled 15 hours on a bus to Cincinnati to watch a few days of practice and get a feel for what he was coming to. He then followed that up in preseason camp earning the starting position at outside linebacker and becoming a leader on the defense.
Mickens, a 6'0 / 165 lb. cornerback from Huber Heights Wayne High School (OH) became one of the top cornerbacks in the country in pass breakups and will provide the Bearcats a solid player for three more seasons. Mickens entered the season earning the starting position at cornerback and never looked back. While teams looked to test the young corner, he showed them they needed to look elsewhere if they wanted to have success in their passing game.
To view the Press Release from the Big East Conference, click on the link below.