This is March. Wait, that’s not right. This is April. Also wrong. Damnit. This is May. OK, now that we’ve figured out what month it is, its time to continue on with the greatest event of 2018, the Favorite Cincinnati Bearcat Football Player Since 1997 Tournament. Round one is slowly coming to a close, as the Brian Kelly region’s first eight results officially locked in earlier this morning. Here is how everything shook out. The percentage of the vote each player received is provided.
Mike Mickens, Gino Guidugli and Zach Collaros were the big winners this time around. As two of the best quarterbacks in program history, its no wonder Guidugli and Collaros advanced, with each receiving nearly 90 percent of the vote against challengers Kahlil Lewis and Dan Giordano. Mickens is an anti-quarterback, as he is the all-time leader in interceptions at UC. He received a higher percentage of votes than anyone in the entire bracket (91 percent).
Another Mike also stole your hearts, with Mike Boone running over John Goebel, who was specifically requested on Twitter dot com. Ralph David Abernathy also beat out a fellow running back, while Haruki Nakamura and Shaq Washington provided the most competitive battle. Defense won out there.
Round Two Matchups
Mike Boone vs. Munchie Legaux
The degree of difficulty just went through the roof for Boone, who skipped through the first round. Besides having arguably the best name in the whole tournament, Legaux was a dual-threat quarterback who was at his best in 2012 when he led the Bearcats to a 10-3 record and a Big East co-championship. But Boone has the power of recency bias, 2,846 career yards from scrimmage and 25 touchdowns on his side.
Haruki Nakamura vs. Zach Collaros
Nakamura has the honors, as he was a first-team All-Big East selection in 2007, but Collaros threw for more than 6,000 yards and 51 touchdowns in his career, making him one of the most prolific passers in school history. We’ll see if Nakamura’s defensive might will overtake Collaros’ offensive proficiency.
Jeff Luc vs. Ralph David Abernathy
Luc went from scout team standout to first-team All-American Athletic Conference linebacker. Abernathy not only rushed for a healthy number of yards, but was a primary kickoff returner for the Bearcats. This is a tough one.
Gino Guidugli vs. Mike Mickens
This is the headline matchup of this region. Guidugli is the best quarterback in school history and its not close. He leads the program in attempts, completions, yards and touchdown passes. His run from 2001-04 is completely unprecedented. Mickens, the anti-quarterback (yes, I’m running with that nickname) has more interceptions than anyone in school history and returned three of them for touchdowns. Hands up if you like pick sixes. *Every hand in the universe is raised*
The decisions that have to be made in this round will be even more difficult than the first one. Follow your heart and good luck.