After each game Bearcat Insider will name one offensive and defensive player of the game. While numbers can help a player earn this honor, it's not the only area looked at in making the final cut. Bearcat Insider will also issue Game Balls for outstanding performances.
EASTERN MICHIGAN OFFENSIVE MVP
For his outstanding performance against Eastern Michigan quarterback Dustin Grutza is named the Bearcat Insider Offensive MVP. For the night, Grutza rushed for 49 net yards and one score while also passing for 17 Att -26 Cmp -176 yards -2 touchdowns in leading the Bearcats to a 28-26 season opening victory.
OFFENSIVE GAME BALLS EASTERN MICHIGAN
Greg Moore: The coaches have talked about Moore becoming a player to be reckoned with. Against Eastern Michigan Moore showed why the staff is so high on him. The junior running back rushed for 50 yards on 7 carries for a 7.1 average. He also caught 1 pass out of the backfield and went 28 yards for a touchdown.
Bradley Glatthaar: Bradley is looking in great shape to start the 2005 season. Against Eastern Michigan Glatthaar rushed for 75 yards on 14 carries to average 5.4 yards per carry and also a touchdown. He also caught 2 passes for 15 yards giving him 90 total yards on offense.
EASTERN MICHIGAN DEFENSIVE MVP
Naming the defensive MVP was not an easy task. Several players could have made a case for this honor and because of this were naming Co-MVP's. The first MVP is a success story all by it's self. Kevin McCullough has gone from walk-on to key player on the Bearcats defense. Against Eastern Michigan Kevin showed why his talents can't stay off the field. For the game Kevin recorded 8 total tackles with 4 solo and 4 assisted to go with his 3.5 tackles for loss. Our other MVP is senior defensive end Adam Roberts. Roberts recorded 6 total tackles to go with his 3 tackles for loss and 2 sacks on the night.
DEFENSIVE GAME BALLS EASTERN MICHIGAN
Mike Mickens: The freshman defensive back made the most of his chances this preseason. On Thursday night he showed why the coaching staff has so much faith in his skills. Mickens recorded 5 total tackles to go with 1 pass breakup and great coverage on the night.
Corey Smith: Another true freshman who is making noise on the field. With a high motor and great athletic skill, Smith has the chance to become a real star on the defense. Not only was he part of the final stop, he was the final stop. For the game he recorded 5 total tackles.
Terrill Bryd: The third freshman who is getting major reps on the defense. Bryd recorded 2 total tackles but also had one tackle for loss on the night. But while he doesn't have the large numbers of the others his play up front was a key in keeping Eastern Michigan in check.
Bearcat Insider congrats each of these players for helping the Bearcats to victory over Eastern Michigan.