Insiders Game Balls - Akron

The game wasn't much of a pretty site to watch, but the Bearcats held on and sealed their third victory of the season. Who did the Insider feel deserved game balls?

Game MVP Game Ball


Jake Rogers has been like a yo-yo this season but the often troubled kicker delivered in the clutch when it mattered most.  It’s never been a question of his leg strength but one of accuracy and by hitting the 48 yard field goal with 7:45 left in the game gave the Bearcats the lead and allowed the defense to seal the win.


Offensive Game Balls


Tony Pike saw his last performance silence doubters about his ability to be a starting quarterback.  On Saturday he continued to show why Mark Dantonio felt highly enough to bring him in as a grayshirt after he finished his high school career. 


On Saturday the Reading High School product saw the highs and lows of the game of football having passed for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns without throwing an interception. 


But just as we’re getting use to seeing Tony behind center we now know he’ll be lost for at least 2 games and possibly more with a broken forearm.


Mardy Gilyard


The new and improved Gilyard had another big offensive output on Saturday hauling in 7 passes for 146 yards and 2 scores.


Defensive Game Balls


Mike Mickens


Mickens was a busy man on Saturday as he recorded 12 solo tackles and assisted on 2 more to go with 3 pass breakups. 


Andre Revels


The former Colerain product continues to be one of the more productive defenders for the Bearcats recording 8 total tackles ( 6 solo) on the day.  Keep in mind Revels is not a starter for the Bearcats but continues to post big tackle numbers.


Special Teams Game Balls


Corey Smith


The linebackers blocked extra point early in the game may have gone unnoticed but in a tight hard fought game any points kept off the scoreboard is huge.


Jake Rogers


The Bearcats have not seen a strong kicking game this season but Rogers delivered when it mattered most hitting the game winner.


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