Klout is coming to an end so the fact that I joined yesterday means I most certainly was late to this fad. However, I learned in my small time on the site that I am considered an expert on three things: the Cincinnati Bearcats, college football and the NCAA. Those first two topics are what we’re here to discuss today, as we take a look at the second round results and third round matchups of the Butch Jones region in the Favorite Cincinnati Bearcat Football Player Since 1997 Tournament. Let’s get to it.
Connor Barwin and Tony Pike took part in a battle of UC football greats, with Barwin just squeaking by with 54 percent of the vote against the former Bearcat quarterback. These two were teammates for two years in 2007 and 2008 and shared in some of the best years in UC history, but Pike was on the magical 2009 team, which went 12-1 and made the Sugar Bowl. Even though he wasn’t on that squad, Barwin and his multi-sport talents, which include time at tight end, defensive end and two years playing basketball, were enough to get him to the next round.
The rest of the round was fairly predictable and without a ton of intrigue, although it is interesting to see three wide receivers make the Sweet 16 from this region alone.
Round Three Matchups
Connor Barwin vs. Anthony McClung
McClung had more career touchdown receptions (15) than Barwin had career tackles for loss (14.5), although Barwin had all of those in one season, while McClung spread his over four seasons. McClung’s best year touchdown-wise was 2011 when he had six, but his best year overall was in 2013 when he set career-highs in receptions (72) and receiving yards (939).
Mardy Gilyard vs. Armon Binns
This. Matchup. Is. Impossible. Both players are top 10 receivers in program history, with Gilyard adding in a ton of kickoff return excitement as well. Gilyard scored 29 total touchdowns in his career and had more than 5,000 all-purpose yards. Binns had 2,008 career receiving yards, with all but 19 of those coming in his last two seasons. He had at least 10 touchdown catches in each of those seasons including this one.
Once again. This. Matchup. Is. Impossible.
Good luck and good night.