PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 05: Tino Sunseri #12 of the Pittsburgh Panthers is tackled by J.K. Schaffer #37 of the Cincinnati Bearcats on November 5, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
JK Schaffer has been named Mr. Bearcat a fitting end to his illustrious career. J.K. is the first athlete to be named Mr. Bearcat in 20 years.
"I'm honored to be the 2012 Mr. Bearcat award winner," Schaffer said. "I am a Cincinnati guy who always dreamed of playing for the University of Cincinnati. I love being in this city and just doing what I can to make the city proud and the university proud. UC will forever be a part of my life and my families' lives. This is very special to me because I know of so many deserving men on this campus who could have very easily received this award, and I will forever be proud of being Mr. Bearcat."
I think we can all agree that this was a richly deserved award
I missed this piece from USA Today about the Bearcats having more early entry players than anyone else in the country. The benefits from the process are clear. Getting on campus early allows the guys who do it to become acclimated to the college environment. That pays dividends in the class room, but nothing is more helpful than getting in the gym and starting the weight program earlier. A lot of the guys who come in get a packet that explains what and how they should be working out. But they can't replicate the intensity off campus. And if you are asking which of the 9 EE's has the best chance to contribute this year I would look at Deionte Buckley, Errol Clarke and maybe DeShawn Dowdy.
Video of Interest
Baseball features prominently in the week ahead...UC sent a pair of swimmers to the UltraSwim Gran Prix in Charlotte...the track team sent a small group to the Virginia Challenge...bearcats blog runs through the basics on the PLAY incident...a preview of the Pitt Panthers...its relegation week on SB Nation and I like relegation week...does an end to austerity put an end to the Euro? It's a theory