Fans of the Bearcats will be quick to note the names that have made the cut on the CollegeFootballNews.com preseason All-Big East list. While many wondered if any Bearcats would make the list this season, the Bearcats do have some talent coming up through the ranks. While no Bearcats made first team offense, defense was a different story.
Sophomore defensive back Mike Mickens enjoyed a great freshman year in 2005. For his play he's gained attention from many and received preseason honors by being named to the All-Big East Defensive First Team. The Huber Heights, Ohio native along with Pittsburgh return man Darrelle Revis are the only sophomores to make the first team defensive squad.
While the Bearcats didn't place anyone on the first team offense they did see two players earn 2nd Team honors. Senior tight end and returning team captain Brent Celek along with junior wide receiver Earnest Jackson both earned honors. On defense Sophomore Trevor Anderson was able to find some fans of his game.
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While Bearcat fans are happy for the players listed I'm sure they feel a few have been slighted. But that's why they play the game on the field and not on paper.
As for the Top 30 players in the conference here is the entire list.
TOP 30 PLAYERS
1. QB Brian Brohm, Jr. Louisville
2. RB Steve Slaton, Soph. West Virginia
3. QB Pat White, Soph. West Virginia
4. RB Michael Bush, Sr. Louisville
5. LB H.B. Blades, Sr. Pitt
6. LB Stephen Nicholas, Sr. South Florida
7. FB Brian Leonard, Sr. Rutgers
8. C Dan Mozes, Sr. West Virginia
9. CB Darrelle Revis, Jr. Pitt
10. LB Kelvin Smith, Sr. Syracuse
11. LB Kevin McLee, Sr. West Virginia
12. WR Mario Urrutia, Soph. Louisville
13. SS Eric Wicks, Sr. West Virginia
14. TE Clark Harris, Sr. Rutgers
15. RB Terry Caulley, Sr. Connecticut
16. OG Kurt Quarterman, Sr. Louisville
17. CB Tanard Jackson, Sr. Syracuse
18. TE Brent Celek, Sr. Cincinnati
19. QB Tyler Palko, Sr. Pitt
20. LB Ben Moffitt, Jr. South Florida
21. LB Jay Henry, Sr. West Virginia
22. LB Clint Session, Sr. Pitt
23. CB Mike Mickens, Soph. Cincinnati
24. OT Thed Watson, Sr. South Florida
25. FB Owen Schmitt, Jr. West Virginia
26. CB Mike Jenkins, Jr. South Florida
27. LB Danny Lansanah, Jr. Connecticut
28. RB Ray Rice, Soph. Rutgers
29. RB Kolby Smith, Sr. Louisville
30. CB William Gay, Sr. Louisville