Newest Staff Member Intro and Story

We are always on the lookout to give our members an insider's look at UC Football. Our newest staff member knows what it's like to strap on the helmet and wear the Red & Black of the Bearcats. Let's introduce our newest staff member and give you his first story.

Bob Duckens Jr

Bearcats Class of 97

Nose Tackle (1990-1993)

Bob Duckens, Jr. is a former four-year starter for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats.  During his career he played nose tackle for Tim Murphy from 1990-1993.  During Bob's senior season the Bearcats enjoyed one of the most memorable years in UC history posting an 8-3 mark which still stands as one of the best records in over 20 years of UC football.

In 1997 Bob returned to UC and finished his degree in Social Sciences while also serving as a student assistant coach for the football team.  In 1998 he became a graduate assistant under head coach Rich Minter responsible for helping with the defensive line and special teams unit.  In 2000, Bob returned to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio to accept a position working for his father, Bob Duckens, Sr. who is a Pastor and also the CEO of Diversified Community Services, a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center.  He currently holds the position of Director of Operations and enjoys helping people beat their addictions to drugs and alcohol.

Bob is a graduate of Independence High School in Columbus where three current Bearcats came from.  DeAngelo Smith, Torry Cornett and Jacob Ramsey also came from the Columbus school.

Bob enjoys talking with kids about college and the goals they have in life, while trying to motivate those who have the ability to better themselves.  He's been married for three years to his lovely wife Carmen and the couple have a 1-year old daughter named Christian.

Bob had the following to say about his joining the #1 independent website covering the Bearcats.

"I'm very happy and proud to be part of the Bearcat family.  I've been a member of Bearcat Insider for some time and have come to respect the coverage Tim, Doug and Dave have provided the many Bearcat fans out there looking for the best team information. I look forward to working with Bearcat Insider and bringing UC fans a different look at what happens on and off the field at the college level."

Bearcat Insider founder Dave Berk explains the addition of Bob Duckens and what it means to BearcatInsider.com members.

"Since starting Bearcat Insider in January, 2005, I've also strived to bring our members an "Insiders" look at UC football on and off the field.  Bob Duckens Jr. brings this and more.  As a former player he's been in the trenches, locker rooms and in the huddle when it counted most.  Bob will bring both a fans and former player's perspective to his articles and our team looks forward to working with Bob for many years to come."

Here is Bob's first article for Bearcat Insider

 

 2007 Bearcats Are Very Special

 By: Bob Duckens Jr.

 

Isn't winning beautiful?

As a matter of fact, it's contagious!

This season for the Bearcats has the makings of being very magical and you better hold on because this is going to be a wild ride. Never in UC fans wildest dreams would you have ever believed in a 4-0 start to begin the season, you might have thought about it but you dismissed it quickly after.

But I believed that the Cats could start fast this year, why you say? Maybe because this team reminds me so much of the 8-3 squad I was privileged to be of in 1993. Let's flashback and compare how these two teams are similar.

The offenses were similar; in '93 we had a QB that transferred in from South Carolina named Lance Harp, who was from the Ohio Area sort of like Ben Mauk. We had a stable of running backs including David Small and Craedel Kimbrough who were experienced sort of like the current Cats running backs of Butler Benton, Greg Moore and Bradley Glatthaar.

The wideouts were fast and good but there was no star receiver in the bunch, ironically we had just lost our best receiver from the previous season, Marlon Pierce after being kicked off the team, sort of like this year's squad losing Derrick Stewart.

The offense could score points in bunches and was effective on the ground and in the air just like the current UC squad. Am I getting warmer? You need more proof? How about this one.

On defense, we had a lot of veterans returning. The majority of the defense had played together for three years much like the current squad. We had two ball-hawking corners, a playmaking safety, a fast and big defensive line that caused major havoc, and linebackers that could cover and make plays all over the field.

Teams found it very hard to run on us and we gave up field goals not touchdowns. With this defense, we finished ranked #13 in the nation in total defense and as a result we finished 8-3, closing the year with 5 straight wins. Hmmm, sounds like this years' unit right?

Just thinking of the comparisons between the two squads is very scary but I would have to say overall that the '07 squad could possibly be better. Why you say?

The '93 squad never started out 4-0 and our defense never shut down teams the way this team does. Add in Top 25 rankings, the Big East, Coach Kelly, and a consistently sold out Nippert Stadium, and you can see why this team has the potential to contend for the Big East title and play in a major bowl game.

Now I know what you're thinking. You are probably saying that because I'm a former Bearcat player I have to say this team is good, but this is far from the truth. This team is good because of the confidence and trust they have in each other. They know that on every play, they can count on the man next to him to do their job and if they make a mistake come back and correct it. You can see that in the way that they play together. That is what separates a great team from a losing one, the '93 team had it and the '07 squad has it as well. Winning is beautiful and for this team, this university, this city and to the many former players who are still part of it.  In fact, it's becoming contagious.


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