Dec. 16, 2008
Senior punter Kevin Huber (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press for the second-straight season Tuesday.
Offensive guard Trevor Canfield (Cincinnati, Ohio/Western Hills HS) and defensive back Mike Mickens (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) earned spots on the second and third team, respectively. UC was the only BIG EAST team with a first-team representative and the only league team to have multiple players honored.
Huber is the first UC player to earn back-to-back nods to the AP first team. It is his fourth all-America honor of the 2008 postseason as he was previously named First-Team all-America by Rivals.com, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) all-American, and the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He was also a First-Team All-BIG EAST selection. Huber was a Consensus First-Team All-American in 2007.
Huber leads the BIG EAST and ranks seventh nationally with a 44.9 yards per punt average. He has a long kick of 64 yards in 2008, 21 punts inside the 20, and 18 kicks of 50 yards or more. Only two of his 56 kicks this season have been touchbacks.
Canfield is the first UC offensive lineman to earn a spot on the Associated Press team since Bill Shalosky was named an honorable mention AP All-American in 1952. Canfield has started 38-straight games on the offensive line and helped lead a group that helped Cincinnati average over 375 yards of total offense per game in 2008. He was a second-team all-BIG EAST honoree for the third-straight season.
Mickens, a first-team all-BIG EAST selection, put together a solid year despite missing the final three regular-season games with a knee injury. He ranks third on the team with 65 tackles, including two for a loss. He has a team-high four interceptions, including a 72-yard runback for a touchdown against Miami (OH). He leads the BIG EAST with 13 passes defended. He holds the school records for career interceptions (14) and interception return yards (296). He started 46-consecutive games at cornerback before being injured practice prior to the Pittsburgh game on Nov. 22.
It was the third postseason all-America honor for the cornerback. He was a second-team Walter Camp honoree and a third-team all-America selection by Rivals.com on Dec. 11. Mickens' rehab is progressing and he is expected to be ready for the 75th FedEx Orange Bowl against No. 21/19 Virginia Tech on Jan. 1.
The No. 12 Bearcats (11-2) will face the Hokies in the 75th FedEx Orange Bowl at Dolphin Stadium at 8 p.m. on Jan. 1. It is UC's first appearance in a Bowl Championship Series game. The game will be televised nationally on FOX. Tickets are available by calling 1-877 CATS-TIX or visiting CATSTIX.com.