So, I had a "senior moment" on a Senior.
In my game preview for the Pitt game, I didn't include John Goebel in my rundown. Nothing personal with John, I just visually missed him on the roster as (from a mishap at a UC football game years ago vs. TCU) I don't have the best of vision.
John is one of a few Bearcats who went to four bowl games. In his freshman year, he was moved from RB to defense and was a special teams player in the International Bowl coached by Brian Kelly. (Goebel was recruited by Mark Dantonio).
Goebel was moved back to RB and redshirted by Kelly for his sophomore year when UC went to the Papajohns.com, then blossomed in his junior year when he shared time with Jacob Ramsey on the Orange Bowl team.
Last season, Goebel was injured and never regained his spot or his speed but contributed as a great team leader on the team that went to the Sugar Bowl.
Finally, this season Goebel readily accepted his role as a back-up to Isaiah Pead and did everything possible to motivate his team. Hopefully, Goebel and his fellow seniors will return to Nippert soon to enjoy the process that they played a major part in.
From all indications, 2010 was an aberration. It's unfortunate that several solid players couldn't go out on a better note.