Jan. 7, 2013
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati currently boasts 5 former student-athletes on NFL rosters playing in the NFL playoffs. Here's how each former Bearcat performed in the opening round of the 2012 NFL playoffs.
OLB Connor Barwin (Houston Texans) 1/5/13 vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Recorded two tackles including one tackle for a loss as well as one pass defended in a 19-13 win in the Texans’ opening round playoff game. Barwin started in each of the Texans’ seventeen games this season and has posted 46 tackles while adding three sacks. The Texans (12-4) are the No.3 seed in the AFC where they will play the No. 2 seed New England Patriots (12-4) in the second round of the playoffs. The Patriots had a bye week in the opening playoff round. The last time the two teams met New England took a 42-14 home win in Gillette Stadium.
P Kevin Huber (Cincinnati Bengals) 1/5/13 at Houston Texans – Punted five times for 233 yards, with a 46.6 yard average and a net average of 43.8 yards while also pinning three punts inside the 20-yard line in a 13-19 loss. Huber played in all seventeen games this season and has punted 81 times with a 46.6 yard average and a net average of 42.8 yards, as well as placing 36 punts inside the 20-yard line. The Bengals finished the season with a 10-7 record.
OT Jeff Linkenbach (Indianapolis Colts) 1/6/13 vs. Baltimore Ravens – Started at left guard in a 24-9 loss. Linkenbach played in all of the Colts’ seventeen games this season, including nine starts at both offensive tackle and left guard. The Colts finished the season with an 11-6 record.
DT Ricardo Mathews (Indianapolis Colts) 1/6/13 vs. Houston Texans – Saw action and defended one pass in a 24-9 loss. Mathews played in seventeen games this season, including five starts, and totaled thirteen tackles. The Colts finished the season with an 11-6 record.
DL Derek Wolfe (Denver Broncos) - BYE WEEK – Wolfe has started all 16 games this season for the Broncos and has totaled 40 tackles, along with six sacks. The Broncos finished the regular season with a 13-3 record and the No.1 seed in the AFC where they will face the No. 4 Seed Baltimore Ravens (11-6) in the second round. The Broncos won the last contest between the two teams in the regular season with a 34-14 win on the Ravens home field.
Stayed tuned to GoBEARCATS.com throughout the NFL playoffs as we keep you updated on the Bearcats in the NFL.
Accompanying these former Bearcats student-athletes are 13 members of past Bearcats football coaching staffs who have continued their coaching careers into the NFL, three of which into head coaching positions.
Head Coach John Harbaugh - Baltimore Ravens
Head Coach Rex Ryan - New York Jets
Head Coach Mike Tomlin - Pittsburgh Steelers
Linebackers Coach Bill Davis - Cleveland Browns
Linebackers Coach Mark Duffner - Jacksonville Jaguars
Assistant Defensive Line Coach William Inge - Buffalo Bills
Special Teams Coach Amos Jones - Pittsburgh Steelers
Inside Linebackers Coach Don Martindale - Baltimore Ravens
Defensive Line Coach Tracy Rocker - Tennessee Titans
Assistant Head Coach / Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg - Baltimore Ravens
Defensive Coordinator Bill Sheridan - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Senior Offensive Assistant Craig Ver Steeg - Baltimore Ravens
Offensive Line Coach George Warhop - Cleveland Browns