2007 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

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2007 Cincinnati Bearcats football
Cincinnati University Bearcats textlogo.svg
PapaJohns.com Bowl champion
Conference Big East
CoachesNo. 20
APNo. 17
2007 record103 (43 Big East)
Head coach Brian Kelly (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorJoe Tresey (1st season)
Home stadium Nippert Stadium
(Capacity: 35,097)
2007 Big East Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 6 West Virginia $+ 52    112 
Connecticut + 52    94 
No. 17 Cincinnati  43    103 
South Florida  43    94 
Rutgers  34    85 
Louisville  34    66 
Pittsburgh  34    57 
Syracuse  16    210 
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team, coached by Brian Kelly, played its home games in Nippert Stadium, as it has since 1923. This was Kelly's first complete season with the Bearcats, having coached them to a 2724 win against Western Michigan in the 2007 International Bowl.


The 2007 season was a breakthrough for Cincinnati football, as it saw the Bearcats break into the national rankings for the first time since 1954. The Bearcats' highest rank of their 2007 campaign was 15th in the AP Top 25.


August 307:00 p.m. Southeast Missouri State * ESPN360 W 59–320,223 [1]
September 67:30 p.m. Oregon State *
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
ESPN W 34–325,020 [1]
September 1512:00 p.m.at Miami (OH) * ESPN+ W 47–1022,421 [1]
September 227:30 p.m. Marshall *
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati
ESPN+W 40–1435,097 [1]
September 2910:00 p.m.at San Diego State *No. 24 Versus W 52–2324,647 [1]
October 68:00 p.m.at No. 21 Rutgers No. 20 ESPN2 W 28–2343,768 [1]
October 137:00 p.m. Louisville Dagger-14-plain.pngNo. 15
ESPNU L 24–2835,097 [1]
October 2012:00 p.m.at Pittsburgh No. 23ESPN+L 17–2433,423 [1]
November 33:30 p.mat No. 20 South Florida ABC/ESPNW 38–3357,379 [1]
November 103:30 p.m.No. 16 Connecticut
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati
ESPNUW 27–330,943 [1]
November 177:45 p.m.No. 5 West Virginia No. 21
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati
ESPNL 23–2835,097 [1]
November 247:15 p.m.at Syracuse No. 24ESPNUW 52–3130,040 [1]
December 221:00 p.m.vs. Southern Miss *No. 20ESPN2W 31–2135,258 [1]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Dagger-14-plain.pngHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time


(as of October 16, 2007)

Wide Receivers

  •  1 Mardy GilyardJunior
  •  2 David Wess – Junior
  • 14 Earnest Jackson – Senior
  • 16 Dominick GoodmanJunior
  • 24 Jared Martin – Redshirt.svg Sophomore
  • 33 Kurt Shoemaker – Junior
  • 38 Tomaz Hilton – Freshman
  • 81 Antwuan Giddens – Senior
  • 82 Joey Thomas – Freshman
  • 84 Orion Woodard – Freshman
  • 85 Marcus Barnett – Redshirt.svg Freshman
  • 86 Armon BinnsFreshman
  • 87 Charley Howard – Redshirt.svg Sophomore
  • 88 Adrien Robinson – Freshman

Offensive Line

  • 56 Chris Jurek – Redshirt.svg Sophomore
  • 59 Alex Hoffman – Freshman
  • 60 Jason Kelce – Redshirt.svg Freshman
  • 63 Blake McCroskey – Freshman
  • 64 Chris Flores – Senior
  • 65 T.J. Franklin – Freshman
  • 66 Sam Griffin – Freshman
  • 68 Craig Parmenter – Freshman
  • 69 Frank Becker – Freshman
  • 70 C. J. Cobb – Redshirt.svg Freshman
  • 71 Jeff Linkenbach – Redshirt.svg Sophomore
  • 72 Digger Bujnoch – Senior
  • 73 Mario Duenas – Senior
  • 74 Ken Rodriguez – Senior
  • 76 Trevor Canfield – Junior
  • 78 Taylor Porter – Redshirt.svg Sophomore
  • 79 Khalil El-Amin – Junior

Tight Ends

  • 19 Ben Guidugli – Redshirt.svg Freshman
  • 34 Nick DeFilippo – Junior
  • 35 Marcus Waugh – Sophomore
  • 83 Kazeem Alli – Redshirt.svg Sophomore
  • 89 Connor BarwinJunior


  • 86 Doug Jones – Senior


Running Backs

  •  5 Mike Daniels – Senior
  • 11 Bradley Glatthaar – Senior
  • 20 Jacob Ramsey – Sophomore
  • 22 John Goebel – Sophomore
  • 23 Butler Benton – Senior
  • 32 Montez Patterson – Freshman
  • 48 Greg Moore – Senior

Defensive Line

  • 10 Lamonte Nelms – Junior
  • 12 Anthony Hoke – Senior
  • 40 John Hughes – Freshman
  • 53 Randy Martinez – Freshman
  • 54 Jon Newton – Senior
  • 67 Adam Hoppel – Junior
  • 75 Thomas Claggett – Junior
  • 82 Angelo Craig – Senior
  • 90 Ricardo Mathews – Sophomore
  • 91 Tyler Clifford – Sophomore
  • 94 Rob Trigg – Freshman
  • 95 Terrill ByrdJunior
  • 98 Ralston Reeves – Redshirt.svg Freshman
  • 99 Chris Harrison – Redshirt.svg Freshman


  •  3 Delbert Ferguson – Junior
  •  9 Alex Delisi – Redshirt.svg Freshman
  • 31 Jon Carpenter – Senior
  • 37 Anthony Williams – Senior
  • 42 Corey Smith – Junior
  • 43 Robby Armstrong – Redshirt.svg Freshman
  • 45 Ryan Manalac – Junior
  • 47 Collin McCafferty – Redshirt.svg Freshman
  • 49 Torry Cornett – Junior
  • 27 Jeremy Matthews – Freshman
  • 52 Ricardo Thompson – Freshman
  • 55 Leo Morgan – Senior
  • 57 Obadiah Cheatham – Redshirt.svg Freshman

Defensive Backs

  •  4 Drew Frey – Freshman
  •  6 DeAngelo Smith – Junior
  • 13 Haruki Nakamura – Senior
  • 17 Aaron Webster – Sophomore
  • 17 Bryant Thomas – Freshman
  • 18 Cedric Tolbert – Junior
  • 21 Mike Mickens – Junior
  • 25 Brad Jones – Redshirt.svg Sophomore
  • 26 Martez Williams – Redshirt.svg Freshman
  • 32 Justin Moore – Redshirt.svg Sophomore
  • 36 Jason Whitehead – Sophomore
  • 37 Deon Reed – Freshman
  • 39 Mike Latessa – Freshman
  • 41 Tahree McQueen – Freshman
  • 44 Evan Sparks – Senior
  • 46 Scott Johnson – Freshman


  • 47 Kevin Huber – Junior
  • 61 Micheal Cooke – Freshman


  • 92 Brandon Yingling – Junior
  • 97 Jake Rogers – Redshirt.svg Freshman

Deep Snapper

  • 51 Alex Apyan – Freshman
  • 93 Mike Windt – Redshirt.svg Freshman
  • 96 Tom DeTemple – Freshman
† Starter at position     * Injured; will not play in 2007.

Coaching staff

Brian Kelly – Head Coach

Keith Gilmore – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line

Jeff Quinn – Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

Joe Tresey – Defensive Coordinator

Kerry Coombs – Defensive Backs Coach

Mike Elston – Recruiting/Special Teams/Tight Ends

Greg Forest – Quarterbacks Coach

Tim Hinton – Linebackers Coach

Ernest Jones – Running Backs Coach

Charley Molnar – Wide Receivers Coach

John Widecan – Assistant AD/Football Operations

Brad Bury – Student Assistant

Paul Longo – Strength and Conditioning

Jesse Minter – Defensive Graduate Assistant

Michael Painter – Offensive Staff Intern

Adam Shorter – Offensive Graduate Assistant

Marty Spieler – Defensive Staff Intern

Erin Clayton – Administrative Assistant

Jacob Flint – Assistant Strength Coach

Maria Gruber – Administrative Coordinator

Matt Louis – Administrative Coordinator

John Sells – Video Coordinator

Game summaries

Southeast Missouri State

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The games was the first regular season game for new coach, Brian Kelly. The Bearcats' 59-3 victory was the most lopsided in school history since beating Louisiana-Monroe, then known as Northeast Louisiana, 63-0 in 1977. The Bearcats' 615 yards was the third most in school history. [2]

Oregon State

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Miami University

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After the game UC's band plays in front of the scoreboard showing the final score Miami vs UC 2007 score board.jpg
After the game UC's band plays in front of the scoreboard showing the final score

Dustin Grutza, who started in place of the injured UC quarterback Ben Mauk threw for two scores to lead the Bearcats to a 47-10 win over the Miami RedHawks. UC defense dominated the game with a fumble recovery, three interceptions, a blocked punt, and five sacks. [3]



San Diego State

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South Florida

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The 31 points scored in the first quarter is a Cincinnati record for most points scored in a single quarter.



West Virginia

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Cincinnati came into the game predicted by some to upset the mountaineers. However, for the majority of the game West Virginia used their punishing ground attack to build a 21-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter. However, after a costly fumble leading to another West Virginia touchdown, the Bearcats rallied. Their defense force two fumbles and a punt by the Mountaineers, and the offense cashed in with two touchdowns. After UC's second touchdown and a failed two-point conversion, West Virginia recovered an onside kick attempt and managed to run out the clock, handing the Bearcats their third loss.



PapaJohns.com Bowl

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. The Cincinnati Bearcats led by Quarterback Ben Mauk ended Southern Mississippi coach Jeff Bower's 17-year tenure as head coach at Southern Miss in losing fashion, 31-21. Mauk went 30-52 for 334 yards, 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Mauk became the 3rd player in Cincinnati history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season. His favorite target was Dominick Goodman who caught 7 passes for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns. The defense was led by DeAngelo Smith who had a whopping 3 interceptions. For Southern Miss, Jeremy Young went 18-32 for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns, but 3 interceptions. Damion Fletcher led the team in rushing and receiving, with 155 yards on 29 carries on the ground and 7 catches for 50 yards through the air. Southern Miss jumped to an early 7-0 lead on a 10-yard pass from Young to Shawn Nelson in the 1st quarter. In the 2nd quarter, Cincinnati struck back when Mauk threw both touchdown passes to Goodman to end the half. In the 3rd quarter Mauk hooked up with Ernest Jackson for 29 yards and a touchdown to make it 21-7 in favor of the Bearcats. Young then had a 1-yard run with 6:48 to play in the 3rd to make it 21-14. Cincinnati then pulled away when Mauk hit Antwuan Giddens for his last touchdown. A field goal by Jake Rogers made it 31-14 Bearcats, and they never looked back. [4]

Awards and milestones


Big East Conference honors

Offensive player of the week

  • Week 3: Dustin Grutza [5]
  • Week 5: Ben Mauk [5]
  • Week 13: Ben Mauk [5]

Defensive player of the week

  • Week 1: Mike Mickens [5]
  • Week 6: Ryan Manalac [5]
  • Week 10: Haruki Nakamura [5]


Special teams player of the week

  • Week 2: Jacob Rogers [5]
  • Week 6: Kevin Huber [5]

Big East Conference All-Conference First Team

  • Terrill Byrd, DL
  • Mike Mickens, DB
  • Haruki Nakamura, DB
  • Kevin Huber, P


Big East Conference All-Conference Second Team


Players in the 2008 NFL Draft

PlayerPositionRoundPickNFL Club
Haruki Nakamura S 6206 Baltimore Ravens
Angelo Craig DE 7244 Cincinnati Bengals

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