Vanderbilt returns to a bowl game for only the 5th time in it’s history under first year head coach James Franklin.. Cincinnati is making it’s third straight appearance and 12th overall. Bearcat tailback Isaiah Pead leads his teams offense. Pead was impressive rushing for over 1100 yards this season and is considered an early to mid round draft prospect. Vanderbilt will be a better defense than Cincinnati is used to seeing. Led by a strong senior defensive backfield and senior defensive lineman Tim Fugger Pead will have his work cut out for him.

Cincinnati

Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
3rd Isaiah Pead RB 23 4Sr Quick, feisty runner best between tackle. Solid pass catcher as well.
4th Derek Wolfe DT 95 4Sr Slug it out defensive tackle that flashes a lot of skill.
3rd Walter Stewart OLB 54 4Jr Athletic and well rounded linebacker that could develop into one of the top 3-4 outside linebackers if he takes his game to the next level. Nice physical skills yet questionable instincts.
5th John Hughes DT 40 5Sr Tough, strong slug it out defender in the middle of the line. Strong, holds the points and does a great job occupying the gaps.
7-FA Maalik Bomar OLB 4 3Jr Slightly undersized yet athletic linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline.
FA Camerron Cheattham CB 21 4Jr Developing corner with good size and skills.
FA Scott Johnson CB 5 3Jr Smallish defensive back that gives a lot of effort against the run or defending the pass. Potential nickel player in a zone system.
FA D.J. Woods WR 3 4Sr Slot receiver with reliable hands yet limited deep speed.
FA J.K. Schaffer OLB 37 4Sr Hard-working middle linebacker prospect with limited athleticism.
FA Zach Collaros QB 12 5Sr Effective underneath signal caller with a great head for the position. Lacks size and top NFL physical skills.

Vanderbilt

Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
6th Sean Richardson S 21 4Sr Nice sized safety that flashes skill. Really best playing downhill against the run.
FA Casey Hayward CB 19 4Sr Zone cornerback with an aggressive streak in his game.
FA Chris Marve OLB 13 5Sr Hard-working linebacker with solid instincts and wherewithal. Possesses poor measurables and speed.
FA Brandon Barden TE 6 5Sr Hard-working tight end with limited athleticism. Has enough skill to make it on the three deep at the next level.