Football's Ben Mauk To Be Honored Before Pittsburgh Game

Nov. 20, 2008

CINCINNATI - Former University of Cincinnati quarterback Ben Mauk will be honored in a pregame ceremony Saturday prior to the Bearcats' matchup with Pittsburgh at Nippert Stadium.

Patrons are advised to make their way into the Stadium beginning when gates open at 5:30 p.m. and should be in seats no later than 6:45 p.m. as UC football will honor Mauk with his belated Senior Day presentation.

The No. 19/20 Bearcats (8-2, 4-1 BIG EAST) and No. 20/19 Panthers face off Saturday at 7 p.m. in a sold out Nippert Stadium. Cincinnati sits in first place in the BIG EAST standings, a half-game ahead of Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

Mauk played in 12 of 13 games in a Cincinnati uniform during the 2007 season, and set a program record with 31 passing touchdowns. As the head of the UC offense, Mauk helped established school season records for scoring (472 points), touchdowns (63), and passing touchdowns (36), while leading UC to a No. 17 final Associated Press ranking and a 10-3 finish. He ended the year completing 235-of-386 passes (60.9 percent) for 3,121 yards through the air and was 11th in the nation in passing efficiency (150.64).

He was a co-winner of the 2007 Claude Rost Award, UC's team most valuable player honor, along with safety Haruki Nakamura.

Mauk earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Wake Forest University in May of 2007. He is currently serving as the offensive quality control assistant for the UC football team while pursuing his master's degree in criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati.

In celebration of Saturday's Ring of Red day, all UC fans are encouraged to show up early, be loud, and wear red. The Bearcats will don their new adidas-made red jerseys for the first time this season and the first time since 2003.

Game day activities begin at 5 p.m. when the Bearcats make the "CAT WALK" from the Kingsgate Marriott heading south through Sigma Sigma Commons, ending up at the entrance to Nippert Stadium.