Wide Receiver / Kicker | Letters 1967-69
There are just times where it is not fair in College Football. A transcendent talent or a coaching advantage can make a huge difference. For the Bearcats during O'Brien's time it was one thing. A scheme that was ahead of its time. These days it is nothing for a quarterback to run for 50 yards and throw for 300. In the late 60's no one did it.
UC under Homer Rice was a team that did that routinely Greg Cook was a one of a kind talent. But he was blessed with a pair of great receivers in Tom Rossley and O'Brien that stretched the field. The end result was the first pair of 1,000 yard receivers in Bearcats history as O'Brien hauled in 1,114 yards and Rossley 1,072. Rice had crafted an offense that was easily 30 years ahead of its time.
And that doesn't even account for O'Brien's kicking prowess. Most of his field goal and PAT records stood until Jonathan Ruffin came along and surpassed them at the turn of the millennium. O'Brien's 142 points scored during the 1968 season will never be challenged