Biggest UC Stories of 2007 #7

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Posted Jan 11, 2008
dave berk


Over the past few years fans of the University of Cincinnati football program would look at the All-Conference selections and ask why more Bearcats weren’t listed. In 2007 it wasn’t the All-Big East selections being looked at, but All-American list that found three Bearcats named.

Junior cornerback Mike Mickens was named to the Football Writers Association of American’s 64-th All-American Team after posting some great numbers. Not only did the Huber Heights, Ohio native see his name listed at the top of the Big East with his six interceptions, he also found himself 10-th nationally. A three year starter, Mickens took two of his picks to the house for scores.

After finding not many programs interested in his services after a stellar career at Colerain High School, Terrill Byrd picked up second-team All-American status from the Associated Press for his junior season.

Byrd, who’s made a habit of breaking through the line of scrimmage picking up many tackles for losses over the past three seasons, continues to show height is not a major factor in causing opposing offenses headaches. With his brute strength and quick first step Byrd is a major force not only in the Big East but also across the country.

But while Byrd and Mickens were picking up their hardware, punter Kevin Huber picked up three All-American honors for his breakout performance.

Huber, who led college football with a top punting average added to his Big East Special Teams Player of the Year honors by being named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press, Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

The Cincinnati native shook off a rough sophomore season and has positioned himself as the nation’s top punter and a player with a possible pro future.

In any other year placing three players on All-American teams could be considered one of the top stories of the year. But in 2007 it ranks as the #7 Top Story.



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