The Cincinnati Bearcats will try and improve on their 2012 campaign that saw them capture a share of the Big East title and win their 10th game of the season in the Belk Bowl over the Duke Blue Devils. If they want to have a repeat performance in 2013, they will need transfer linebacker Jeff Luc to step up and be a contributor on defense.
The Florida native comes to Cincy after a failed stint with the Florida State Seminoles. At FSU, Luc never got much of a chance to live up to his recruitment hype, playing in just 19 games and making 23 tackles. Coming out of high school, Luc was one of the most physically impressive prospects in the 2010 class, but was never able to translate that onto the field in Tallahassee.
Now, he will get a fresh start in the Big East and will have the opportunity to ease his way onto the field in 2013. The Bearcats’ linebacker corps will be anchored next fall by Greg Blair and Nick Temple, so Luc will not be pressured to be the leader of the Cincinnati defense. That will allow him to just play football and unleash his athletic potential.
Luc will join one of the stronger defenses in the Big East. In 2012, the Bearcats ranked as the No. 14 scoring defense in the country, allowing just 18.5 points per game. New head coach Tommy Tuberville will be looking to lean on that defense again in 2013 as he transitions the team over to his philosophy.
Cincinnati’s defense will have to be a strength next fall and the addition of Jeff Luc at linebacker will only help them achieve it.