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2003 PREVIEW: Cincinnati Bearcats

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Is it possible that a program like 's can just reload? That might sound a bit like a slap, but this isn't a or a Texas that can bring in one big recruiting class and be fine. Most Conference USA schools can't lose most of its star players and come back to crank out a big season. might be able to do that even after losing DE , RB , FS Ivan FIelds, several top offensive linemen and all the star receivers. How? Athletes. has been able to bring in players with great raw skills hoping they turn into top football players. There isn't a whole bunch of size anywhere, but this team can run and in Conference USA, that might be enough.

Team Information
Head coach: Rick Minter
10th year: 48-56-1
Returning O Lettermen: 19
Returning D Lettermen: 25
returning ST Lettermen: 1
Lettermen Lost: 21
Ten Best Players
1. QB , Jr.
2. SS , Jr.
3. C , Sr.
4. CB , Sr.
5. DE Trent Cole, Jr.
6. LB , Jr.
7. OG , Jr.
8. LB , Sr.
9. RB Richard Hall, Jr.
10. TE , Jr.
2003 Schedule
9/1
9/13 at
9/20
9/27 at Miami (Ohio)
10/4 Southern Miss
10/11 at
10/25
11/1 at
11/8 Rhode Island
11/15 at TCU
11/22 at
11/29
The key for the 2003 Bearcats will be to find some consistency. Last year's team was able to mount a sensational comeback to hand TCU one of its two losses. They then proved the could play with anyone in America by pushing and to the wall. With those performances, it's hard to explain how they lost to and . That's not even bringing up the meltdown against . With a veteran leader at quarterback and rising talent at several positions, don't be surprised if 's up-and-down ways subside a bit. The Schedule: There aren't any 's on the schedule playing Rhode Island instead. The Bearcats have a nice every other game mix playing at home before going on the road to play . comes to before the Bearcats have to go to Miami University. They miss (a good thing) and (a bad thing) in Conference USA play. They get Southern Miss and at home. Best Offensive Player: Junior QB . With a big arm and good mobility, Guidugli should have one of his best seasons if the receiving corps comes through. It'll be tempting for him to force plays and try to make things happen when they're not there, but that's what got him in trouble last year throwing 21 interceptions. Best Defensive Player: Junior SS . He's big, strong, quick and has outstanding instincts. Like Guidugli, he's been a starter and a star from the second he got to campus making 189 tackles and three interceptions. He should be an All-Conference player. Key player to a successful season: With the loss of , , and running back , the Bearcats lose almost all of their top receiving production. That means , and Kevin Hazel have to be there for Guidugli. The season will be a success if ... finishes in the top three in Conference USA. With all of the major personnel losses, being in the hunt for the league race and getting to a bowl game would be a success. There's no reason with this schedule that the team can't win at least eight games. Key game: Oct. 4 vs. Southern Miss. The Eagles should be the favorites along with TCU to win the league title. This will be UC's second league game of the year and a chance to make a statement in the race. 2002 Fun Stats:
  • Fourth quarter scoring: UC 123 - Opponents 50
  • Fumbles: Opponents 36, lost 17 - UC 23, lost 11
  • Fourth down conversion: Opponents 8-20 (40%) - UC 6-23 (26%)
    2003 Recruiting Class
    Star of the Class
    Terry Arnold RB 5-10 190 Fr. Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln
    First team all-state pick by the High School coaches as a senior at Lincoln High, playing for coach David Wilson ... carried 87 times for 857 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught 15 passes for 253 yards and five scores as a senior, helping team to a 12-1-1 record and the semifinals of the state playoffs ...two-time all-region choice ... honorable mention all-state selection as a junior when he was also tabbed as the squad¿s most improved player ... lettered once in track, owning a best of 10.9 in the 100 meters. Jeremy Bolton OL 6-5 305 Fr. Burlington, Ky./Connor
    Digger Bujnoch OL 6-4 265 Fr. , Ohio/Elder
    Brent Celek TE 6-4 240 Fr. , Ohio/LaSalle
    Angelo Craig DE 6-5 205 Fr. Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville
    WR 5-7 185 Fr. , Ohio/Princeton
    * Cedric Dawley WR 6-1 210 Jr. Lynwood, Calif./Lynwood HS/Compton CC
    Chris Flores DL 6-2 230 Fr. Wheaton, Ill./Warrenville South
    Derrik Haithcock LB 6-1 230 Fr. Hillsboro, Ohio/Hillsboro
    TE 6-4 275 Fr. Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights
    Jordan Lear K-P 6-5 215 Fr. Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville
    Greg Moore RB 6-2 210 Fr. Dayton, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison
    Jon Newton DT 6-3 270 Fr. , Ohio/Roger Bacon
    Clint Parks WR 6-3 205 Fr. Decatur, Ga./McNair
    Bill Poland WR 6-3 180 Fr. , Ohio/Elder
    Jordan Roth DT 6-2 270 Fr. North Canton, Ohio/Hoover
    Todd Spitzer QB 6-5 220 Fr. Greer, S.C./Hillcrest
    Hannibal Thomas WR 6-3 205 Jr. Englewood, Calif./Pasadena City College
    Jon Tobin OL 6-3 290 Fr. Lancaster, Ohio/Fisher Catholic
    DB 6-1 190 Fr. LaGrange, Ga./Troup County
    Craig Worthen DE 6-3 210 Fr. , Ohio/Winton Woods
    *Potential Instant Impact Players
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