On Tuesday you were given a task. That task was to turn five into four. After the first four rounds (and a special satellite event) of the Favorite Cincinnati Bearcat Football Player Since 1997 Tournament, we were left with five contenders for the Final Four. Unfortunately, someone had to go. Otherwise we’d be doing a round robin double elimination thing and that would get confusing and difficult. So, instead, you were asked to go vote for your four favorites of the five who remained. Those five were Kevin Huber, Mardy Gilyard, Zach Collaros, Chad Plummer and Antwan Peek.
After compiling all the votes, the results are in. Remember that for a ballot to count, you had to vote for FOUR players not just one. Appearing on 100 percent of the ballots in this round, Mardy Gilyard easily advanced to the Final Four. Zach Collaros was next to join him, missing out on only two ballots. Kevin Huber came in third, appearing in all but four of the ballots.
That leaves Peek and Plummer for the last spot. Both are deserving, but only one can move on. Peek, who made it into the field on the back of a satellite event victory, was able to take this contest, getting voted in on 81.4 percent of the ballots.
So there you have it. The Final Four is Gilyard, Collaros, Huber and Peek. Now that that’s settled, its time to create the matchups. Considering we were given an indication of where the public is leaning, we can reseed the Final Four, with Gilyard the No. 1 seed, Collaros No. 2, Huber No. 3 and Peek No. 4. That gives us the following bracket.
At this point, you should be pretty familiar with all four of these players. Gilyard (2005-09) is the all-time leader in receiving and kickoff return yards. The Bearcats went 24-9 in games that Collaros (2008-11) played and received 51 touchdown passes and 6,272 yards thrown from him as well. Huber (2005-2008) is the best punter to ever play for the Bearcats. Peek (1998-02) is the program’s all-time leader in sacks (27.0) and tackles for loss (56.0). Think on which of these players brought you the most joy as a Bearcat and then vote. Polls are open until June 8 at 7 a.m. We’ll reconvene next week with the title game ready to go.