Despite being only a junior, Mike Mickens has already taken his spot among the top all time cornerbacks in
What makes Mickens arguably the best cornerback in the over 100 year history of Bearcat football is his overall resume and not just his interceptions. First of all, Mike has managed to put up these numbers while playing in a BCS conference and has earned respect both in and out of the Big East Conference. In three years, Mickens has been named to the league's all star teams every season. As a freshman and sophomore, Mike was named to the Big East's 2nd team before becoming 1st team All BIG EAST this year. In addition, Mike was named to the Football Writer's Association of America All-American team last week. No other
The Huber Heights Wayne product talked about being named an All-American. "I knew that I had made it about a week earlier. It's a great honor and a great feeling."
Bearcat football fans may remember that Mickens' college options were very limited. He chose between
The Bearcat cover corner is obviously pleased with his play. "I'm very pleased with my career. I feel I'm getting better every year, and our team is getting better every year. As I get better, the team gets better too. That's the most important thing. The team's improved play means the players are getting more exposure. I think we had only three guys get league recognition my freshman year. That number keeps increasing."
Although Bearcat football fans would love to see Mike stick around and finish his career next year, he's considering all his options. "I've thought about the NFL, but I'm not sure where I'd be projected to go. Right now I'm more concerned about the bowl game. After that, I'll sit down and make my decision."
Mike believes the
The true junior knows he'll have his game tested on December 22nd as he matches up with
At only 6 feet and 175 pounds, Mike is small by today's standards, even for a cornerback. "I came here at about 160 pounds, but I still need another five to eight pounds." But Mickens knows his size is only one area in which he can improve. "I need to work on my break better and just keep working hard. I can't take any plays off."
Up to this point in his career, Mike identified what stands out. "This season being 9-3. A lot of people didn't think we could be 9-3, and we've sold out the stadium. It's a dream come true for me."
That dream could get significantly better if the Bearcats can get their tenth win against