Linebacker | Letters 1991, 1993-95
Muhammed El-Mubarak was a standout linebacker for the Bearcats at the end of the Tim Murphy and that start of the Rick Minter experience. Mubarak was an ultra productive defender at the linebacker position. Or at the very least he was at the end of his career.
El-Mubarak did letter four years, but he missed the 1992 season and in truth he really did not come into his own until the 1995 season. As a Senior he racked up 145 tackles, no one has topped 140 in a season since,* that single season total is good for 7th in Cincinnati Football history. For his efforts as a Senior El-Mubarak was voted the winner of the Brig Owens award, the fourth defensive player in a row to do so.**
*Phillip Curry came damn close with 138 in 1997
** From 1989 to 1996 the Brig Owens Award was given to just one player. Before and since then a player from each side of the ball gets it.