The enjoyment of Saturday’s win over Miami Ohio was short lived as news of a single-vehicle accident in Hanover Township on Saturday night claimed the life of Cincinnati freshman offensive lineman Ben Flick and also saw freshmen Mark Barr and Javon Harrison transported to the UC Medical Center via helicopter.
All three Bearcats were passengers in a car driven by an unnamed driver who was also transported to the UC Medical Center.
All three student-athletes are true freshmen on the football team and attended the Bearcats’ 14-0 win over Miami on Saturday afternoon.
The university released the following statement by head coach Tommy Tuberville on Sunday.
“I can’t put into words how tragic this is,” Tuberville said. “As a father and a coach, it’s something you hope you never have to go through. Ben was so proud to be a part of this team and University. He worked hard and had shown a great deal of improvement since the summer. His future was bright. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Flick family on their loss. We also hope and pray for Mark and Javon to recover from their injuries.”
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Flick, a Scout.com three-star prospect from Hamilton (Ohio) High School where he was a two-way standout for the Big Blue originally gave his verbal commitment to then Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones. Following the hire of Tommy Tuberville and his staff, Flick was excited about the direction of the Bearcats program and proud to be a hometown Bearcat. This fall saw Flick being redshirted by the Bearcats as they expected him to be a player who would vie for playing time early in his career.
Barr, a Scout.com two-star prospect out of Hollywood (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas High School had originally give his commitment to play at Marshall but found Cincinnati more to his liking after getting his offer following the hire of Tuberville as head coach. With great speed, Barr enjoyed a solid camp and great things are expected out of the Florida native in the future.
Harrison, a Scout.com three-star quarterback prospect out of Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne High School was an early enrollee recruited by the previous coaching staff to play safety. However, during the spring, Tuberville and his staff moved Harrison to wide receiver where they expected him to use his physical size and athletic ability to develop into a solid receiver.