The 2015 Bearcats season ended on Christmas Eve, but we are still looking back on some of the best performances of the year. The next two performances go to two defensive players who made quite an impact on the season.
8. Silverberry Mouhon
Mouhon entered his senior year as an established playmaker on the Bearcats defense. He recorded 9.5 sacks for Cincinnati in 2013, and four in 2014 with a career-high 46 tackles. He has also been responsible for forcing four fumbles in his career with the Bearcats.
Mouhon finished the year with 4.5 sacks and 42 total tackles. His two best games were undoubtedly against Temple and Tulsa. Against Temple, he recorded a season-high nine tackles along with a sack. He got two sacks in a game against Tulsa, as well as five total tackles.
An established leader on defense, Mouhon was named one of the four team captains and made second team All-American Conference. Though some Bearcats fans would have liked to have seen more out of Mouhon in games, he certainly had an impact on the team, and his absence next year will be missed in the Bearcats locker room.
7. Eric Wilson
As opposed to Mouhon, Eric Wilson did not come into the season with high expectations, but he certainly exceeded them, recording 106 tackles, three and a half for a loss, as well as a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Coming off a quiet 2014 campaign where he finished with thirty tackles, Wilson certainly showed improvement as he entrenched himself in the starting role.
He had a strong game in a loss against Temple, where he made nine tackles and forced a fumble. He put together a very impressive performance against Miami (OH), recording 18 tackles, which helped him earn AAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Against Memphis, Wilson set the tone early in the game by recovering a fumble and getting an early turnover for the Bearcats' on the first drive for Paxton Lynch and the Memphis Tigers. He recovered another fumble against UConn and continued to be a steady contributor all season long, posting double-digit tackles once again during the season against Tulsa.
Overall, both defensive players made big contributions to their teams, though they are both on very different paths in their careers. While Mouhon is moving on from the Bearcats, Wilson may just be getting started.