Jan. 20, 2010
By Shawn Sell
This is the second in a five-part series reliving great moments and student-athletes at the University of Cincinnati over the past decade. This week we will take a look at the top Male Student-Athletes of the Decade.
Omar Cummings (Soccer 2005-2006)
The first UC men's soccer player ever to earn first team All-America status (2006) ... unanimously earned first team All-BIG EAST honors in each of his seasons as a Bearcat ... a two-time first team all-region pick and an All-Ohio honoree in 2006 ... tied for fifth in school history with 16 career assists in just two seasons ... finished career with 42 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 38 career matches ... tallied pair of goals in upset of No. 5 Connecticut in 2005 to earn BIG EAST and Soccer America National Player of the Week honors ... recipient of 2007 UC Athletic Department Male Athlete of the Year award ... drafted by the Colorado Rapids in the third round of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.
Mardy Gilyard (Football 2005, 2007-2009)
An All-American selection according to the AFCA, Associated Press and Sporting News in 2009 ... a two-time first team All-BIG EAST selection and the league's Special Teams Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009 ... a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award and on watch lists for Walter Camp and Maxwell Awards in 2009 ... won following team awards: MVP (2009), Glenn Sample Award for Community Service (2008) and Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Year (2006) ... UC's all-time leading receiver with 3,003 yards and 25 receiving touchdowns and tied for first with 204 receptions ... shattered UC career kickoff return marks with 93 returns, 2,657 yards, four touchdowns and a 28.6 average per return ...also holds career mark with 5,945 all-purpose yards ... set school record with 87 receptions in 2009 and is also third with 81 in 2008 ... set UC single season record for all-purpose yards two straight years, including 2,690 in 2009 ... ranks third on single season touchdown receptions list with 11 in back-to-back seasons ... holds top two spots on UC season receiving yards list, including record 1,276 in 2008 ... broke own school record with 1,281 kickoff return yards and tied mark with two touchdowns in 2009 ... tallied at least 100 yards receiving in a game 14 times ... broke own school record with 381 all-purpose yards at Pittsburgh in 2009 ... holds UC bowl record with 572 career all-purpose yards ... set UC bowl records with eight kickoff returns, 207 yards and a 25.9 average in 2010 Sugar Bowl ... helped team to 37-14 record, two BIG EAST Championships and three bowl appearances during career.
Josh Harrison (Baseball 2006-2008)
Tabbed a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball in 2008 ... named BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year in same season ... earned three All-BIG EAST selections, including a first team mention in 2008 ... a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2006 ... twice earned first team ABCA All-Region honors ... named to 2008 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team after helping Bearcats to runner-up finish ... holds two of the top-10 spots on UC's single season hits chart and is third in doubles and fifth in stolen bases ... ranks on the following UC career lists: stolen bases (2nd, 63), runs (3rd, 192), doubles (4th, 53), hits (4th, 246), batting average (5th, .358), on-base percentage (5th, .439), RBI (5th, 153), total bases (5th, 366) and at bats (8th, 687) ... became highest drafted UC player since 1986 when Chicago Cubs selected him in sixth round of 2008 MLB Draft.
Kevin Huber (Football 2007-2008)
A consensus first team All-American in 2007 and a first team All-American according to the Associated Press, AFCA and FWAA in 2008 ... a two-time first team All-BIG EAST selection and the league's Special Teams Player of the Year in 2007 ... competed in the 2008 Senior Bowl ... holds the top two spots on UC's single season punting average list, including a best of 46.9 in 2008 ... finished as the UC career leader with 45.47 yards per punt ... set a school mark with 59.7 punting average in a 2007 game vs. Marshall ... jersey #47 is included in the UC Ring of Honor at Nippert Stadium ... helped team to a 21-6 record, a BIG EAST Championship and two bowl appearances during career ... selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Steve Logan (Basketball 1998-2002)
Named a consensus first team All-American in 2002 after stellar senior season ... tabbed National Player of the Year for 2001-02 season by Foxsports.com and collegeinsider.com ... honorable mention All-American following junior campaign ... earned Conference USA Player of the Year Honors in 2001 and 2002 ... grabbed berth on C-USA All-Decade Team announced in 2005 ... earned USBWA District 5 Player of the Year honors in 2001-02 season ... selected team captain and team MVP in each of last two seasons ... named MVP of 2002 C-USA Tournament and to all-tournament team year prior ... placed on C-USA All-Freshmen Team in 1998-99 ... holds or shares UC single game records for free throw percentage (1.000 three times) and assists (16 vs. Coppin St., Dec. 8, 2001) ... played in more games (135) and had more wins (111) than any UC player in history ... set school record with 32 consecutive free throws made during 2000-01 season ... finished career with the second most points in school history (1,985) behind only the great Oscar Robertson (2,973) ... also ranked in UC career annals in: free throw percentage (1st, .861), assists (2nd, 456), three-point field goal percentage (4th, .378), free throws made (4th, 445) and three-pointers made (5th, 258) ... selected by the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the 2002 NBA Draft.
Mike Mickens (Football 2005-2008)
Earned first team All-American honors in 2007 and second and third team accolades a year later ... a four-time All-BIG EAST selection, including a pair of first team nods ... selected to compete in 2008 Senior Bowl ... won team's Brig Owens Award as Most Outstanding Back in 2007 and shared Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2005 ... set UC records for career interceptions (14) and interception return yards (296) and tied interceptions returned for touchdown (4) mark ... tallied six interceptions in 2007 to rank second on UC single season list, behind only DeAngelo Smith who had eight the same year ... matched school record with pair of interception returns for touchdowns in 2007, including a 79-yard jolt against USF (ninth-longest in program history) ... helped team to a 33-18 record, one BIG EAST Championship and three bowl appearances during career ... selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
David Payne (Track & Field 2003-2004)
Twice earned All-American honors in the 110m hurdles with third and sixth place finishes at the 2003 and 2004 NCAA Championships, respectively ... named 2004 Conference USA Co-Athlete of the Year after winning the 110m and 400m hurdles titles at the conference championship meet ... 110m hurdle time of 13.68 is still a C-USA meet record ... helped Bearcats earn 2004 C-USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship ... earned spot on C-USA's All-Decade Team ... is the school record holder in the 110m hurdles (13.42) and 400m hurdles (51.16) ... won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.17 seconds.
Chris Reis (Cross Country/Track & Field 1999-2003)
A four-time All-Conference USA selection in cross country ... placed in the top four in three of four tries at the C-USA Cross Country Championships ... qualified for three NCAA Championship meets ... earned a berth on the C-USA Cross Country All-Decade Team in 2005 ... won a pair of All-Ohio Cross Country Championships and six C-USA Athlete of the Week awards ... tabbed the Ohio Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Runner of the Year in 2001 ... team MVP of cross country team three times ... holds the school track and field record for 10,000 meters (30:28.67) and is seventh in the 5,000 meters (14:41.60).
Josh Schneider (Swimming 2006-2009)
Earned All-American honors in 2008 in the 50 freestyle with a 14th place finish at the NCAA Championships ... grabbed honorable mention All-American in the event one year prior ... tabbed 2009 BIG EAST Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Year ... a five-time all-conference honoree in 2009 earning accolades in 50 freestyle, 200 medley relay, 100 butterfly, 400 medley relay and 100 freestyle ... captured BIG EAST Championship in the 50 freestyle in 2008 and in the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly in 2009 ... holds BIG EAST Championship meet records in the 50 freestyle (19.17) and 100 freestyle (43.08) ... named UC Athletic Department Male Athlete of the Year in 2009.
Kevin Youkilis (Baseball 1998-2001)
A two-time All-American, drawing second team honors in 2000 and second and third team accolades in 2001 ... a three-time All-Conference USA selection, including a pair of first team awards ... named to C-USA All-Decade Team in 2005 ... holds the top three spots on UC's single season runs list, including a record 85 in 1999 ... is in two of top seven spots on UC single season hits list, two of top five in doubles, two of top four in home runs and three of top five in on-base percentage ... holds school records for walks in a season (63, 2000) and on-base percentage (.549, 2001) ... owns share of school record with six runs scored in a 2000 game vs. Dayton ... UC's career leader in games played (230), runs (279), home runs (53), walks (206) and on-base percentage (.499) ... also among the UC career leaders in: at-bats (2nd, 855), batting average (2nd, .366), doubles (2nd, 58), hits (2nd, 213), total bases (2nd, 536), RBI (3rd, 203) and slugging percentage (4th, .627) ... drafted by Boston Red Sox in eighth round of 2001 MLB Draft.
Honorable Mention: Terrill Byrd (Football 2005-2008); Tony Campana (Baseball 2008-2009); Trent Cole (Football 2002-2004); Lance Durham (Baseball 2009); Andre Frazier (Football 2001-2004); Gino Guidugli (Football 2001-2004); Eric Hicks (Basketball 2002-2006); Kenyon Martin* (Basketball 1996-2000); Ben Mauk (Football 2007); Jason Maxiell (Basketball 2001-2005); Ryan McNally (Swimming 1998-2002); Dan Osterbrock (Baseball 2006-2008); Antwan Peek (Football 1998-2002); Tony Pike (Football 2007-2009); Jonathan Ruffin (Football 1999-2002); Matt Singer (Baseball 1998-2001); Mike Spina (Baseball 2008-2009); Leonard Stokes (Basketball 1999-2003); Deonta Vaughn (Basketball 2006-2010); Chris Wineberg (Track & Field 2001-2004)
NOTE: Kenyon Martin was one of the greatest student-athletes in UC sports history. However, Kenyon played just one-half of a season in this decade. Therefore, it felt inappropriate to include him as one of the top 10 athletes. He does, however, deserve recognition on this list.