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
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.