Former UC standout defensive back Mike Mickens joined the football staff in the Spring of 2011 as a defensive assistant.
He will assist the defensive staff in all aspects on and off the field, including film breakdown, scouting, and practice preparation.
Mickens was a four-year letterwinner at UC (2005-08) and is the school's career leader in interceptions (14) and interception return yards (296). The 2008 Playboy and FWAA All-America selection was a semifinalist for the 2008 Jim Thorpe Award, a First-Team All-BIG EAST pick and two-time Second-Team All-BIG EAST Conference selection.
He earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from UC in the Winter of 2011.
MICKENS' UC PLAYER BIO
2008: UC's career leader in interceptions (14) and interception return yards (296) ... named a 2008 preseason Playboy all-American ... earned 2008 all-BIG EAST second team honors ... the sole BIG EAST representative as one of the 13 semifinalists for the 2008 Jim Thorpe Award ... played in the 2009 Under Armor Senior Bowl ... named to the mid-season Phil Steele all-BIG EAST team and was a first-team selection to Phil Steele's 2008 all-BIG EAST team ... named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll three times (Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Nov. 3) ... third on the team with 65 tackles, despite missing three regular season games with an injury ... snapped a 46-game streak of consecutive starts in game against Pittsburgh ... team leader with four interceptions, nine pass breakups and 43 unassisted tackles ... recorded his 11th career interception and third career interception for touchdown against Miami (OH) ... had a pass break-up in the first quarter and knocked down another pass in the same series, forcing Akron to settle for a 26-yard ... finished the game with a team-high and career-high 14 tackles at Akron ... had nine tackles and an interception at Marshall ... knocked down a pass with less than two minutes to play, recording his team-leading seventh pass breakup of the year vs. Rutgers ... broke the school record for career interceptions with his 13th career pick five minutes into the first quarter, returning it 58 yards to set up a UC touchdown against USF ... recorded 11 tackles at West Virginia with one pass breakup ... had six tackles and an interception at Louisville ... served as game captain against USF and Pittsburgh.
2007: Named to the FWAA All-America Team ... captured first-team all-BIG EAST honors ... along with counterpart DeAngelo Smith, combined for 14 interceptions to be the top duo in the Football Bowl Subdivision ... finished the BIG EAST tied for third and 12th nationally with six interceptions ... tied for 72nd in the country, with 12 passes defended (6 interceptions, 6 pass breakups) ... opened the season with two interceptions, including a 45-yard return for touchdown, and six tackles to earn BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week against Southeast Missouri State ... received BIG EAST Honor Roll plaudits after making a fumble recovery, interception, and seven tackles against Marshall ... recorded nine tackles at Pittsburgh ... returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and made a leaping pass breakup in the end zone with two seconds remaining to preserve the win at USF ... intercepted a pass and tallied three stops vs. West Virginia ... collected three solo stops and an assist against Southern Miss. in the Papajohns.com Bowl.
2006: Second-team all-BIG EAST choice ... ended the campaign second in the BIG EAST and eighth nationally in passes defended (3 interceptions, 15 breakups) ... finished sixth on the team in tackles (59) ... recorded two interceptions, both stopping drives deep in UC territory vs. Rutgers ... tallied nine tackles at Louisville... a first-team preseason all-BIG EAST selection by Phil Steele's College Football, which also rated him the No. 38 cornerback in the country ... named to the preseason all-BIG EAST second team by The Sporting News.
2005: Won the starting position at cornerback during preseason practice and became a mainstay in the secondary ... earned second-team Freshman all-America recognition by Football News and was named honorable mention Freshman all-America by The Sporting News ... a second-team all-BIG EAST selection ... took home a share of UC's Defensive Newcomer of the Year award ... ended his rookie year second nationally in passes defended, averaging 1.5 per game ... team's sixth-leading tackler with 51 stops ... launched his career with a five-tackle performance in the season opener vs. Eastern Michigan ... recorded eight tackles, seven of them solos, at Penn State ... posted a career-high 11 tackles at Miami (OH) ... carded 11 PBUs over a four-game period ... recorded his first career interception to help seal the win over Connecticut.
Wayne High School: Two-time all-Greater Western Ohio Conference cornerback for head coach Jay Minton ... helped the Warriors to a 24-9 record and two league titles during his three seasons ... amassed 205 tackles and 10 interceptions, blocked four field goals and returned a kickoff for a TD during his career ... a state 300-meter hurdles champion as a junior ... helped school's 4x400 meter relay team to a second-place finish at the state finals during his sophomore year.
Michael Craig Mickens: Born July 24, 1987 ... son of Marsha Mickens.
Academic Major: Criminal Justice.
Single-Game Bests Solo Tackles: 8 at Louisville (10/14/06) Assisted Tackles: 5 at Miami (Ohio) (9/28/05) Tackles: 11 at Miami (Ohio) (9/28/05) Tackles for Loss: 1 (four times) last at Connecticut (11/25/06) Interceptions: 2 vs. Rutgers (11/18/06) Pass Deflections: 4 vs. Rutgers (11/18/06)