PENN STATE OFFENSIVE MVP
Brent Celek: The tight end showed why he's considered one of the top tight
ends in the country. With seven catches for 73 yards Brent keep several drives
OFFENSIVE GAME BALLS PENN STATE
Dustin Grutza: While Dustin would have like a better outcome, he showed why
he's got a chance to become one of Cincinnati's all-time greats at the
quarterback position. With pressure in and out of the pocket all day, Grutza
keep his poise and followed the game play given to him. In the end he would pass
for 286 yards and a touchdown. The only downside was two interceptions and the
Connor Barwin: The true freshman tight end showed why Bearcats coaches are so
high on him. While his playing time came in mop-up duty, he showed great hands
and the ability to get open. But one area Connor needs to work on his holding
onto the ball. In the short time on the field he pulled down 2 passes for 72
Doug Jones: While he only caught 2 passes, Jones showed why his athletic
ability will be a weapon for the Bearcats this season.
Derick Ross: The senior showed his great ability in pulling down 3 passes and
one touchdown on the day. While Jackson and Giddens are the future, the old man
on the offense still knows how to get the job done.
PENN STATE DEFENSIVE MVP
Haruki Nakamura: The sophomore totaled 12 tackles to go with an interception
on the day. Out of those 12 tackles 8 were solo and 1 was a tackle for a loss.
By flying around the field Nakamura played maybe his best game as a Bearcat.
DEFENSIVE GAME BALLS PENN STATE
Mike Mickens: The true freshman was picked on by Penn State but still came
away with a nice game. While he got beat on a couple of plays, Mickens was on
the spot and just inches away from making the play. Overall he recorded 8
tackles (7 solo) and one pass breakup. How good can Mickens become down the
road? If he keeps the same work ethic the sky is the limit.
Kevin McCullough: Another great job by the linebacker. On the day Kevin
recorded 6 total tackles (5 solo), two tackles for loss and 1 sack.
Corey Smith: Another true freshman who is playing like an older player. Smith
is a stud in the making and will keep getting better. On the day he recorded 5
total tackles (3 solo) and is learning to be a force on defense.
SPECIAL TEAMS GAME BALL PENN STATE
Chet Ervin: After seeing his starting spot taken against Eastern Michigan,
Ervin worked and earned the job back for the Penn State game. On the day Chet
punted 6 times for 231 yards ( avg. 38.5) with 2 inside the 20.