The Cincinnati Bearcats are breaking in yet another head coach in 2013 and they have some serious questions to answer on the offensive side of the ball. The biggest questions are in the wide receiver corps where the Bearcats are looking for some consistency and playmaking. That opens the door for senior Anthony McClung to break out in 2013.
McClung has been a steady presence in the Cincinnati passing attack during his collegiate career, but he hasn’t been overly spectacular. That could be about to change, however, as the senior ended 2012 with a flash, catching three passes for 110 yards and a highlight reel touchdown catch and run in the Belk Bowl against the Duke Blue Devils. And who was in attendance for his big game? Just his new head coach, Tommy Tuberville.
And the receiver has continued his hot play through spring practice. In Cincinnati’s first spring scrimmage, McClung dominated, catching four passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns. That performance has been indicative of the strong spring that the senior has enjoyed so far, and it’s setting McClung up to be a featured part of the Cincinnati attack in 2013.
The opportunity is very much there for the taking. Last season, only three receivers caught more than 20 passes in Kenbrell Thompkins (34), McClung (34) and Damon Julian (24). Of the three, only McClung returns in the receiving corps. Even tight end Travis Kelce, who led the team in receptions and receiving yards last season, is gone.
With junior Alex Chisum banged up and junior college transfer Johnny Holton not set to hit campus until this summer, McClung is going to get plenty of looks in spring practice as well. If he can take advantage and put up performances like his Belk Bowl breakout (which was just his second career 100-yard performance in his career) he’ll earn the bulk of the looks next fall.
Cincinnati is looking for a breakout star at wide receiver and Anthony McClung is the man to answer the call. Will he take advantage and break out in 2013?