The Cincinnati Bearcats are poised to make another run at a Big East title in 2013 under new head coach Tommy Tuberville. While they have questions under center and at running back, Cincinnati can rest assured that their defense will be solid thanks to an experienced and talented group of linebackers that should be one of the best units in the Big East, led by sixth year senior Greg Blair.
Blair comes back for another year after leading the team with 138 tackles, most in the Big East last season and No. 12 in the country. He added nine tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and a pair of interceptions. He’ll be joined in the starting lineup by junior Nick Temple, who finished 2012 with 54 tackles, including 5.5 for loss with 2.5 sacks and a clutch pick-six. On top of that, Florida State Seminoles transfer Jeff Luc will join the fold after an exceptional spring, by all accounts.
The Bearcats will need Temple and Luc to step up to replace the loss of some senior leadership from 2012 like linebacker Maalik Bomar. Both have the talent to make major impact on the defensive side of the ball next fall and following the example of Blair will only aid their development in the Cincinnati defense. The group will undoubtedly be the backbone of Tuberville’s defense in 2013 and will be the key for Cincy’s success next season.
Blair has one final run with Cincinnati left in him and he plans to make it the best season yet. He has the playmakers with him in the linebacker group to make 2013 a very special season for the Bearcats’ defense.