Originally posted on Bearcats Blog  |  Last updated 8/28/13
Welcome to the first defensive edition of Getting to Know the 2013 Bearcats. I have gone through the trouble of separating the ends and the tackles just because I care about all of you. The players simply listed as DL went as tackles because that's fair enough. I haven't actually done any of that yet because I'm writing this first. Sometimes I'll write the opening paragraph last after I get a general feel of what the article is about. I should stop typing. For the rest of the entries about the QBs and Kickers, Running Backs, Offensive Linemen and Receivers just click. Defensive Ends #92 - Silverberry Mouhon The man with the coolest name sports is a sophomore from Norcross, Georgia. Silverberry played in all 13 games as freshman. The early part of the season saw him mainly on special teams. He caught a pass on a fake field goal against Virginia Tech if you remember. The middle of October saw him get in the rotation and he didn't leave. Mouhon had 19 tackles on the season, 1 sack and 1 TFL. He also forced a fumble. Silverberry had 3 tackles against Fordham, 4 against Toledo, his season high and 3 against Louisville. He made at least 1 tackle in every game but UConn. His first career sack was against USF. It was also his first forced fumble. Silverberry has a ton of promise and potential. He's got the most experience at end. I think he's poised for a big time season. Can't believe his brother is named simply Kevin though. Photo via #93 - Brad Harrah Brad Harrah has had to patiently wait for his time to come. The junior from Marion hasnt' seem much time as a Bearcat. In 2011 he played mop up duty. In 5 games he had 2 tackles. 1 of them was for a loss. So 50% of Brad Harrah's tackles are for losses. That should be easy to maintain. They both came in the same game, so his tackles per game has to rise. UC had a lot going on at end last year, which meant Harrah was only a special teamer. He stood on the end very well. Harrah has wanted a chance to play. He's gonna get one this year. A lot of the buzz in camp has been about Harrah and his motor. He's finally got an opportunity to prove it. photo via #95 - Terrell Hartsfield Hartsfield is a junior college transfer from Copiah-Lincoln CC. He is from Wake Forest. He was a 4 star by rivals, 3 from ESPN and scout and 2 by 247. Analysts were all over the place on him. Hartsfield was a force last season. He had 62 tackles. 10 of them were for loss. He racked up 8 sacks. He forced a pair of fumbles and blocked a kick as well. It seems like he was recruited by Tuberville at Texas Tech as well, or the new TT staff had interest in him because that was the school he passed over for UC. Hartsfield is listed as Harrah's back up. UC will probably rotate a lot, so he'll get a chance to perform right away. photo via #98 - Chad West Chad West is 6'6, 262 pounds. He has the size and strength you want from an end. The sophomore from Perry, Ohio didn't play at all as a freshman. He's listed second on the depth chart. West showed a lot of talent in high school. He was a 3 star recruit. He had 83 tackles. 11 of those went for losses. He had 8.5 sacks. West even threw in an INT for kicks. West has been battling for the starting job throughout camp, just like everyone else I suppose, and he's got a good shot at earning it. There is not much experience at the end position. If he can play well, he can definitely start. photo via #52 - Elijah Shuler Elijah Shuler is practically hidden in this photo by John Williams, but don't hold that against him. We can see his excellent jumping ability to give props to a teammate. Shuler had a tough season in 2012. His father passed away the day of the Virginia Tech game. Shuler probably would have not played much if not for Walter Stewart going down. That gave him an opportunity. He had 8 of his 9 tackles after his return. Elijah racked up 3 tackles for loss and a sack. His sack came in the opener against Pitt. His best game was a 3 tackle, 1 for loss, outing against South Florida. The other tackle for loss was against Fordham. Shuler also batted down passes against Louisville and Syracuse. He's got a leg up because of some of his experience from a year ago. Even if he doesn't play, he'll chest bump a mofo. photo via #58 - Dwight Jackson Dwight Jackson is a junior from Miami. He played linebacker his freshman season. He played in 10 games, making 15 tackles and forcing a fumble. He was a part of the special teams as well. Jackson's best game was against West Virginia, where he had 4 tackles, 0.5 for loss, and forced the fumble. He had 3 tackles, 1 for loss, in the season opener against Austin Peay. Jackson sat out last season to focus on academics. This year he's back with a new position and new number. He played end in high school, so it's not like he's unfamiliar with the position. Jackson could see time on special teams as well given his experience. photo via #99 - Jerrell Jordan Jerrell Jordan and Hartsfield were teammates at Copiah-Lincoln CC  a year ago. Jordan was a 4 star by scout and 3 by everywhere else. He was a sack machine last season with 13.5. He was one of the leading tacklers on the team with 78. Jordan even mixed in a couple of interceptions. He only had 3 other tackles for loss outside of the sacks. The junior from Alta Vista, Virginia was a weak side end at his juco. Maybe he'll find success there as a Bearcat. You would think someone with his sack total last year would be in the mix on passing downs. photo via #96 - Josh Posley The sophomore from Warren Central in Indianapolis had his freshman year interrupted due to injury. He saw action in 5 games. He recorded 3 tackles and half a sack. The half sack came against Miami. Posley got healthy at the end of the year, making tackles against Temple and had one in the Belk Bowl against Duke. Josh should be a part of the end rotation, even though he's not on the two deep right now. photo via #89 - Korey Cunningham Korey is a freshman from Montevallo High in Montevallo, Alabama. He's listed at 6'5, 254. Scout and 247 liked him as a 3 star, rivals thought he was 2. Cunningham played tight end as well as DE in high school, which is why there are gloves tucked in his pants. He had 45 tackles and 4 monster sacks last season. He showed off some of his versatility by playing offensive line one year. He seems like someone who is going to develop a year. photo via #56 - Mark Wilson A freshman from Hampton, Virginia, Wilson was a consensus 2 star recruit. His high school numbers make that look silly. He had 65 tackles, 23 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and 8 recovered fumbles. He was a beast. Granted, we don't know what kind of opposition he faced. But 23 sacks is a whole lot of sacks. If that wasn't enough, he bullied people on the other side of the ball as an offensive lineman. Plus, he ran track. Mark Wilson has a lot of skills. We will see in time if they are the type to pay the bills. photo via   Defensive Tackles #94 - Jordan Stepp Jordan Stepp has been a part of the Cincinnati defensive line for the past 3 seasons. This year, he gets his chance to make a major mark. He's got 89 tackles to his name. 9.5 career tackles for loss. He's made 2 sacks. Stepp has also defensed a couple of passes. Jordan made 20 tackles in 2010, 3.5 for loss. He had 6 against Syracuse and 5 against Pittsburgh. Stepp forced his only career fumble against Syracuse as well. The total jumped to 33 as a sophomore as he played in every game. He picked up his first half sack, but saw his tackle for loss number drop to 2. Stepp had 5 solo tackles against both Miami and South Florida. He matched his career high in tackles with 6 against West Virginia. His half sack came against North Carolina State. Last season saw Stepp's tackle total rise to 36. He had 1.5 sacks and 4 tackles for loss. He had 2 tackles against Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Miami. The photo above is of his first career sack against the Redhawks. Stepp didn't record a tackle against Fordham, then turned it on the rest of the season. He had 4 tackles against Toledo, Louisville and Syracuse, 3 against Temple, 4 more against Rutgers, 3 against both USF and Connecticut before finishing with 4 against Duke. Stepp is the anchor of the line this season. I'll avoid all puns about his name. #46 - Mitch Meador This is your other starting defensive tackle. The 6'4, 290 pound Meador is from Greenwood, Indiana. He played in every game the past 2 seasons as a member of the special teams. He broke the line rotation for a short time last year. For his career, Meador has 16 tackles, 1.5 for loss. He has forced a fumble. Mitch picked up his first tackle in his first game, making a stop against Fresno State. He had tackles against Miami, Syracuse and UConn in 2010. Meador saw mostly garbage time in 2011. He had 4 tackles, 1 against Austin Peay, 2 against Akron, 1 against NC State and 1 against USF. He had half a sack against the Wolfpack. Mitch didn't get on the stat sheet until October. He had 2 tackles and forced a fumble against Toledo. He assisted on a pair of tackles 6 days later against Louisville. After making a stop against Syracuse, he didn't do anything statistical for a month. He assisted on a tackle against UConn and again in the Belk Bowl verses Duke. Meador is an example of someone busting their ass for 4 seasons to get their opportunity for greater playing time. He's got it. Time to keep it. photo obviously via #97 - Marques Aiken Marques came to UC right before spring practice as a graduate transfer from Marshall. He's listed as the backup to Stepp. Aiken brings a lot to the table. He had 91 tackles at Marshall. 12.5 of them went for losses, 3.5 were sacks. Aiken's numbers rose with experience. After 15 tackles and half a sack as a freshman, he had 39 tackles, 5.5 for loss and 1 sack as a sophomore. He followed that with 37 tackles, 6.5 for loss, 2 sacks and a forced fumble last season. Aiken had the best game of his career against Purdue last year. He had 8 tackles. 2.5 of them went for losses. He also had a sack against future opponent Memphis and 1.5 tackles for loss against Houston. It's good to see he showed out against teams UC will play this year. Experience is needed and Marques Aiken brings it. photo via #70 - Brandon Mitchell Brandon is a sophomore from Withrow. He is a redshirt sophomore. He could easily be a double redshirt freshman because he didn't play much if at all last season. With the new coaching staff, the departures and new opportunites, Mitchell has risen to second on the depth chart behind Mitch Meador. He's going to get run this year. The former 3 star recruit was a wrestler at Withrow, so maybe there is a chance he could bust out an F5 against Purdue. photo via #90 - Camaron Beard Camaron Beard is a junior from Indianapolis. He's played in 18 games during his Bearcat career, including all 13 last year. He had 30 tackles, 5 for loss and a forced fumble in 2012. He is a big guy at 6'5, 287. Beard picked up his first tackles in his first game against Austin Peay. He had a tackle against Akron and another against NC State to close the book on 2011. Camaron had 5 tackles against Virginia Tech in his breakout performance. He forced his first fumble against Miami. He racked up 5 tackles against Toledo. His career high was 6 tackles against Rutgers. He finished with 4 against UConn. Beard can clog the middle. He had tackles for loss against Virginia Tech, Miami and Fordham, and assisted on them against Pitt, Toledo, Temple and Rutgers. Beard is a proven commodity and should get some snaps this season. photo via #91 - Adam Dempsey Adam Dempsey is a senior from the Highlands. He was a part of news recently when he was awarded a scholarship after practice last week. Adam played in just two games in 2011. He played in 12 last year. He made 11 tackles, 1 for loss. He put up 2 tackles against Fordham and Syracuse. His tackle for loss came against Louisville. Dempsey made a big impact in the Belk Bowl. He had a qb hurry and he blocked an extra point. Adam Dempsey is a good guy to have on the team. #50 - Alex Pace Alex Pace came to Cincinnati from Cleveland as a 3 star recruit. 247 had him as the 64th best defensive tackle in that class. The Cleveland Plain Dealer called him one of the top 25 players in Northeast Ohio. He had 9 sacks one year of high school ball. Pace was highly recruited, with offers from UNC, Syracuse and West Virginia. He was a redshirt last year. I can't find any of his other stats so this is not the best paragraph written about Alex Pace you will read. photo via #65 - Connor Donnini Connor is a sophomore from Centerville High. He is 5-10, 293. He kind of looks like Pugsly Addams. He is a redshirt sophomore. There is nothing on his profile. That seems weird. As a high schooler in 2010, he had 57 tackles and 5 sacks. Most importantly, Connor loses the google image search. He is Mr. Bio Photo.
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