The Cincinnati Bearcats will regroup to take another run at the Big East title in 2013 with new head coach Tommy Tuberville. To get it done, they will be counting on a strong defense to keep opposing offenses in check, led by a strong corps of linebackers. The key to their success could be how well Nick Temple improves his ability to create negative plays next season.
Temple will be one of the key pieces in the Cincinnati defense after a strong sophomore season in 2o12. He finished fifth on the team with 54 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks along with an interception that he returned for a touchdown. He’ll be a key part of the defense as Tuberville works to expand the disruptive abilities of his defense.
Expanding his defensive ability to create negative plays will be a major boost to Temple’s role in the defense. Building on his ability to get after the quarterback and play on the offense’s side of the football more often will make the Bearcats’ defense more formidable in the Big East. Having a defender that can create turnovers, as well, would give Cincinnati a strong case for another share of the conference title.
The junior linebacker has room to grow in his game and a primed opportunity to step up as a leader in 2013. If he steps up his game and becomes a more disruptive force in the defensive scheme, the Cincinnati defense will rank as one of the best in the Big East.