By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Cincinnati Bearcats will look to have a rebuild in 2018 after having a 4-8 record in Luke Fickell’s inaugural season with the team. Hayden Moore will be the team’s projected starting quarterback.
However, how long will he hang on to the job? Jake Sopko, Desmond Ridder, and Ben Bryant are all going to compete in camp to defeat the redshirt senior.
Last summer, Ross Trail, who has since left the team in April, competed with Moore for the starting position, before he suffered an abdominal strain. Moore then started all 12 games.
Moore went 239 of 424 for 2,562 yards with the Bearcats. He also had 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
The 2,562 yards are the most that Moore has had with Cincinnati since he transferred to the institution.
Gerrid Doaks is projected to be the team’s starting running back. In nine games, including three starts, he had 87 carries for 520 carries and two touchdowns.
Thomas Geddis and Jerron Rollins are projected to be the team’s starting receivers. Josiah Deguara is projected to be the team’s starting tight end.
Geddis was the top returning receiver from last season, as he started 11 of the 12 team games. He had 29 receptions for 388 yards and three touchdowns.
Fickell is also going to have to rebuild the offensive line. There are only two projected starters on the line.
Blake Yager is projected to be the team’s starting left tackle. Freshman Jakari Robinson is projected to be the team’s starting center.
Fickell is also going to have to look for several starters on defense during camp. Norman Oglesby is projected to be the team’s starting defensive tackle.
Kevin Mouhon is projected to be one of the two starting defensive ends. Perry Young is projected to be the team’s Will Linebacker, while Joel Dublanko is projected to be the team’s MIKE Linebacker.
Jarell White is projected to be the team’s Strong linebacker. Marquis Smith is also projected to be the team’s starting cornerback.
Mouhon is the highest returning defensive player, who had 56 tackles with seven tackles for a loss. He also had two sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two pass deflections, and two quarterback hurries.