Dec. 4, 2008
The University of Cincinnati football team had 16 players named to Phil Steele's 2008 All-BIG EAST teams, including a league-high eight first-team selections. The Bearcats 16 overall selections were the most among league teams.
Earning slots on the first team were: defensive end Connor Barwin (Hazel Park, Mich./U. of Detroit Jesuit), defensive tackle Terrill Byrd (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain), offensive guard Trevor Canfield (Cincinnati, Ohio/Western Hills), wide receiver Dominick Goodman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain), punter Kevin Huber (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas), and cornerback Mike Mickens (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne). Mardy Gilyard (Bunnell, Fla./Flagler Palm Coast) earned first-team accolades as both a wide receiver and kick returner.
Quarterback Tony Pike (Cincinnati, Ohio/Reading), linebacker Corey Smith (Salem, N.J./Salem), and cornerback DeAngelo Smith (Columbus, Ohio/Independence) earned spots on the second team, and linebacker Ryan Manalac (Pickerington, Ohio/Central), defensive end Lamonte Nelms (Ravenna, Ohio/Ravenna), running back Jacob Ramsey (Columbus, Ohio/Independence), and safety Brandon Underwood (Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton/Ohio State) were named to the third team. DeAngelo Smith also grabbed third time honors as a punt returner.
The No. 13/12 Bearcats, the 2008 BIG EAST Champions, close out the regular season on Dec. 6, heading to Hawai'i to take on the Warriors in Aloha Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 p.m. EST and the game will air on ESPN2.
On Sunday, Dec. 7, UC fans are invited to Fifth Third Arena for a special Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Selection Show event, the Department of Athletics announced today. The event is open to the public with the doors of Fifth Third opening at 6:30 p.m. The official BSC Selection Show begins at 8 p.m. and will be televised nationally on FOX.