Bearcat Insider All-Time Bearcats - No. 50 has made the choice to work on putting together a list of the 50 most important Bearcats of all-time. While we're sure there will be some argument over the final list we felt it was time to look back and recognize 50 great members of the Bearcats football program to date. Today we start with No. 50.

At the time of this being published Ben Mauk has only spent one season at the University of Cincinnati.  But his one season was a season to remember on a team to remember with Mauk playing a major role in its success.


#50 Ben Mauk - QB


Ask any Bearcats football fan about Ben Mauk and they are hoping the Kenton, Ohio native will be given another chance to strap on a C-Paw helmet and lead the Bearcats into battle.


While Mauk left Ohio with several state and national records for the ACC and Wake Forest, he would use a new but short lived NCAA rule to become a Bearcat and leave his mark on a program looking to become a major player on the college football scene.


Without question the Ben Mauk story will be one talked about for many years to come by fans of the Red & Black.  When it was announced that Mauk would become a Bearcat many questioned what ability he may have left in his surgically repaired throwing arm.  The soon learned that Mauk was more than just a gunslinger looking to post high passing totals.


A coach’s son, Ben Mauk was the right quarterback for new Bearcats head coach Brian Kelly’s first season and the numbers posted will long be remembered.


Single Season Stats Bearcat Ranking


Pass Attempts: 386 – Ranked 4-th overall

Pass Completions: 235 – Ranked 3-rd overall

Passing Yards: 3,121 – Ranked 3-rd overall

Completion Percentage: 60.9% - Ranked 4-th overall

Passing Efficiency: 150.64 – Ranked 1-st overall

Touchdown Passes: 31 – Ranked 1-st overall

Touchdown-Interception Margin: +22 – Ranked 1-st overall


While we can only look at a single season one can see Mauk enjoyed one of the greatest seasons of any former Bearcats signal caller.  His completion percentage ranks him second all-time and his 31 touchdown passes has him tied with Deontey Kenner in the fifth spot.


While Mauk posted some great stats fans will remember his competitiveness and desire to win.  He never backed down from a challenge and was a true team leader that showed the Bearcats and their fans the program was on the rise and needed to be considered as a major player in the Big East and on a national stage.


Is Ben Mauk’s Bearcats football career over?  We’ll soon learn if Ben is successful on his third appeal to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility.  If granted the Bearcats record books could see some major changes at the finish of the 2008 season.


Do you agree that Ben Mauk’s only season as a Bearcat qualifies him to be named as one of the Top 50 Bearcats of all-time?


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