Football's Huber And Mickens Named Preseason All-America By Sports Illustrated

Aug. 12, 2008

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WEST HARRISON, Ind. - The University of Cincinnati football team held a single practice and participated in its annual media day Tuesday at the Higher Ground Conference Center.

Following some special teams work with the kicking game, the Bearcats moved into offensive and defensive positional drills. The team also worked on passing as well as it spent time spent in 11-on-11 drills. UC also continued its work on getting comfortable with the 40-second clock.

Two members of the Bearcats also added to the growing list of preseason accolades for the UC football squad.

Punter Kevin Huber (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) and cornerback Mike Mickens (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) were named to the Sports Illustrated Preseason All-America team which was announced in the Aug. 11 issue of the magazine. The Bearcats were the only team in the BIG EAST with multiple players recognized on the 26-player team.

Mickens, a member of the 2008 Playboy Preseason All-America team and a 2007 Football Writers Association All-American, helped the Bearcats to a school-record 10-wins and a victory in the Bowl in 2007. He finished 2007 tied for third in the BIG EAST and 18th in the country with 12 passes defended (6 interceptions, 6 pass breakups) and is currently fourth in Cincinnati history with 10 career interceptions. The three-year starter returned two pickoffs for touchdowns last year, including a 79-yard dash at USF. Mickens captured first-team all-BIG EAST honors for his efforts in 2007 after two years as a second-team all-league member.

Huber, a consensus All-America selection in 2007, was also named the 2007 BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year. He averaged 46.9 yards per punt last year and was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award.

Huber and Mickens were also named preseason all-Americans by Phil Steele's College Football, The Sporting News and Lindy's Football Annual.

In the morning, UC took part in media day with the players and coaching staff taking photo and video headshots for various publications and promotional pieces that will air throughout the 2008 season. The players also took individual and position group photos on the practice fields. The morning closed out with the 2008 team photo and a press conference by head coach Brian Kelly.

The Bearcats return to the practice fields at Higher Ground Wednesday for its fourth of five two-a-day practice sessions. The morning workout is scheduled for 9 a.m. while the afternoon session kicks off at 3:30 p.m.