Scouting Cincinnati: Five Questions

ScarletReport.com goes 1-on-1 with Bearcat Insider's Brian Westbrook for an insider look at Cincinnati. Rutgers takes on Cincinnati for the final time in conference play Saturday at noon at High Point Solutions Stadium.

ScarletReport.com -- Why is Brendon Kay having such an efficient season? How much of his production comes from a weaker strength of schedule?

Brian Westbrook -- The offense is built for a quarterback like Brendon Kay. It gives him many options in the pass attack, as well as a solid run game has help him and he trust his receivers. I don't think it's totally due to the strength of schedule for Kay, because each team he face he's had to go out and perform at a top level.

SR.com -- What are the biggest scheme changes Rutgers fans can expect under the new Cincinnati regime? What are the biggest differences offensively?

BW -- They can except an up-tempo, no-huddle balance offense. The difference in this year's offense is the balance of run and pass. The Bearcats have a stable of solid running backs like Tion Green, Hosey Williams and Ralph Abernathy, as well as, a good receiving core with Shaq Washington and Anthony McClung.

SR.com -- Is Cincinnati in better shape to stop the Rutgers run game than it was last season?

BW -- I think the core of their defense is ready for the task. Defensive coordinator Art Kaufman has really refined this Bearcat defense and changed the form of the defense from last years. The Bearcats have a lot of beef up front with Jordan Stepp, Adam Dempsey and Silverberry Mouhon that huge run stoppers. And you can't forget about Greg Blair and Adrian Witty they also can fill lanes and gaps.

SR.com -- Who is an under the radar guy that you expect to come up big for Cincinnati on Saturday?

BW -- MeKale McKay is a guy to me that not only under the radar but prime to have a huge game, after coming off a good game against SMU last week. In that game Kay went deep to McKay for a 62-yard touchdown. McKay is a huge deep threat and keep be trouble for anyone's defense.

SR.com -- What struggles did you see defensively since the start of conference play? Do you see Cincinnati effectively harassing a quarterback like Gary Nova that struggles with turnovers?

BW -- The defense giving up the big play. Since the South Florida loss, the Bearcats have made the adjustments needed to avoid giving up the big play. The Bearcats defense will be a problem for Nova as they have a team total of 26 sacks and 10 interceptions on the season.


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