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Top 20 Performances for 2015 Cincinnati Football: No. 9 Mike Boone

In limited touches, running back Mike Boone was a home run hitter out of the backfield, earning the No. 9 spot on our "Top 20 performances for 2015" countdown.

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Though he shares backfield duties, running back Mike Boone had another strong campaign in 2015, after rushing for 650 yards and nine touchdowns the year before, in a year where he was expected to be a redshirt freshman. Boone finished 2015 with nine touchdowns once again, but improved his yardage total to the tune of 749 yards. He also established himself as a strong kick returner, returning 14 kicks for 231 yards.

Boone started out the 2015 campaign with a two-touchdown performance against Alabama A&M, helping the Bearcats to a 52-10 rout. In that game, he proved to be a workhorse on the goalline, punching in both touchdowns from the one-yard line, both in the second quarter.

Two weeks later, he would have another big game, this time racking up 118 yards in rushing and another touchdown. He was the first scorer of the game, scoring another goalline touchdown to give the Bearcats a 7-0 lead. Later in the first, he busted open for  a 74-yard gain to put Cincinnati in scoring position once again. With help from Boone, the Bearcats got a 37-33 win over Miami (OH).

Boone would have another 100+ yard game, this time against Connecticut, but his best game would come against Tulsa in a 49-38 win; a game where he rushed for 137 yards and scored three times. He rushed for a 12-yard touchdown to tie the game at seven early and then scored another TD to take a 21-14 lead before the half. Boone would score the final touchdown of the game for Cincinnati; with the Bearcats up by nine, Boone rushed for a goalline touchdown to put the game out of reach for Tulsa.

Boone would score two more touchdowns on the year, including scoring the only touchdown of the game for Cincinnati in the Hawaii Bowl. Boone may have competition in a crowded running back group, but he has showed plenty of promise during his tenure with the Bearcats.