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
3rdIsaiah PeadRB234SrQuick, feisty runner best between tackle. Solid pass catcher as well.
4thDerek WolfeDT954SrSlug it out defensive tackle that flashes a lot of skill.
3rdWalter StewartOLB544JrAthletic 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.
5thJohn HughesDT405SrTough, strong slug it out defender in the middle of the line. Strong, holds the points and does a great job occupying the gaps.
7-FAMaalik BomarOLB43JrSlightly undersized yet athletic linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline.
FACamerron CheatthamCB214JrDeveloping corner with good size and skills.
FAScott JohnsonCB53JrSmallish defensive back that gives a lot of effort against the run or defending the pass. Potential nickel player in a zone system.
FAD.J. WoodsWR34SrSlot receiver with reliable hands yet limited deep speed.
FAJ.K. SchafferOLB374SrHard-working middle linebacker prospect with limited athleticism.
FAZach CollarosQB125SrEffective underneath signal caller with a great head for the position. Lacks size and top NFL physical skills.

Vanderbilt

RndNamePos#YrComments
6thSean RichardsonS214SrNice sized safety that flashes skill. Really best playing downhill against the run.
FACasey HaywardCB194SrZone cornerback with an aggressive streak in his game.
FAChris MarveOLB135SrHard-working linebacker with solid instincts and wherewithal. Possesses poor measurables and speed.
FABrandon BardenTE65SrHard-working tight end with limited athleticism. Has enough skill to make it on the three deep at the next level.