QB Gino Guidugli

2002 Statistics

Coach: Rick Minter
48-56-1, 9 years
2002 Record: 7-7
TCU WON 36-29 (OT)
at Temple WON 35-22
at Tulane LOST 17-35
at Southern Miss LOST 14-23
at Louisville WON 24-14
at Hawaii LOST 19-20
UAB WON 31-23
at East Carolina WON 42-26
North Texas LOST 19-24

2002 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2003 Outlook

The Bearcats clawed their way into a 2002 bowl by winning their final five games of the conference schedule, which left them co-champions of Conference USA. The talent laid squarely in their big play ability on the outside (Olinger, Keith, and Vann) and with their nail-in-the-coffin running back (McCleskey). The Cardiac 'Cats were a team that lived in the fourth quarter, outscoring their opponents 123 to 50!

Well, that explosiveness is gone and they are now working with a new set of untested dynamite that could blow up in their faces if not handled properly. The new focus will have to be to maintain balance on offense. This will allow Guidugli to comfortably play within himself and keep composure. As we said before, he thrives on emotion, but sometimes he feeds off them too much. This youthful problem makes for big wins and painful losses. If the 'Cats establish a stable running back (or committee) that can carry the ball as often as McCleskey, they will be fine.

Defensively, it will be up to the line and even the secondary to come up with big plays and take as much heat off the linebackers as possible. This will allow them to carry out any blitzing schemes while roaming from sideline to sideline. Cincy will be facing seven legitimate passing teams. If the depth on defense is as good as projected, this should be one of the better units in the conference.

The slate of opponents is a bit easier this time around, as they draw Temple and I-AA Rhode Island at home, with West Virginia and Miami (Ohio) away from Nippert Stadium. The key game of the slate will be Oct. 4th at home against Southern Miss. The Eagles will likely be the favorite to win C-USA, and if the Bearcats can steal this one, their chances of winning a second consecutive conference crown will brighten. You can bank on the Bearcats getting at least six wins, with the chance for more, but realistically, it looks like this will be a year that Cincy drifts back to the middle of the pack.

Projected 2003 record: 5-7
LB Jamar Enzor
QB - 4 DL - 2.5
RB - 2.5 LB - 2
WR - 2 DB - 2.5
OL - 2.5 ..

Passing: Gino Guidugli, 472-258-21, 3543 yds., 22 TD

Rushing: Richard Hall, 59 att., 264 yds., 3 TD

Receiving: George Murray, 26 rec., 278 yds., 2 TD

Scoring: Gino Guidugli, 3 TD, 2 (two-point conv.), 22 pts.

Punting: Chet Ervin, 66 punts, 38.0 avg.

Kicking: none

Tackles: Jamar Enzor, 91 tot., 51 solo

Sacks: Andre Frazier, 6 sacks

Interceptions: Zach Norton, 2 for 80 yds.

Kickoff returns: Tedric Harwell, 12 ret., 23.9 avg.

Punt returns: Mike Brown, 1 ret., 12.0 avg.


OFFENSE: DeMarco McCleskey-RB, LaDaris Vann-WR, Jon Olinger-WR, Tye Keith-WR, Kirt Doolin-OG, Josh Gardner-OT, Jonathan Ruffin-K
DEFENSE: Antwan Peek-DE, Derrick Adams-DE, DeMarcus Billings-DT, Darryl Ransom-DT, Jason Hunt-OLB, Willis Edwards-MLB, Blue Adams-CB, Ivan Fields-FS

written by Tim Chapman

Junior Gino Guidugli is one of the nation's best quarterbacks… when he's happy. When he gets flustered, it's like he's stuck in quicksand- the harder he tries to get out of trouble, the worse things get. The former C-USA frosh of the year can put up some big numbers (3543 yds, 22 TDs, 54% comp. pct.) but he has a tendency (that verges on certainty) to force balls in attempts at redemption, as evidenced by his 21 INTs. Not losing is a valid aim in this case.

The Bearcats lose their top three receivers - the offense they run requires a plentiful amount of pass-catchers. Minter and his staff decided it would be wise to make junior George Murray a full-time WR, keeping his athletic ability on the field and allowing him to focus solely on making plays from his wide-out spot. Additional outside threats include soph Derick Ross and two JUCO prospects, Hannibal Thomas and Cedric Dawley. Both are big, physical receivers that should help keep the potent passing game in tact. We particularly like Thomas to step up and establish himself as a premier threat in C-USA.

The running game faces the biggest challenge in replacing McCleskey. He was a punch that the offense relied on to compliment the aerial attack. Getting the first crack is junior Richard Hall. An elusive, shifty runner, Hall provides a quick burst and the ability to run by defenders. The test as the team's top back will be his endurance in taking 20 handoffs a game. If he fails, look for the Bearcats to run by committee.

The O-line lost its top two players, but still look like a solid group. Junior Kyle Takavitz will make the move from tackle to guard, to fill the inside gap left by Doolin. The vacancy at left tackle means a new starter protecting Guidugli's blind-side. At any rate, the line should stay fresh and plentiful - ten returning lettermen come back from playing time last year.


C Josh Shneyderov


Returning Starters in bold
QB Gino Guidugli-Jr Billy Faulkner-Fr / Rod Stevens-Fr
RB Richard Hall-Jr Tedric Harwell-Sr / Booker Vann-Sr
WR Derick Ross-So Cedric Dawley-Jr
WR George Murray-Jr Hannibal Thomas-Jr
WR Kevin Hazel-Jr Walter Dudley-So
TE A.J. Lucius-Jr Dennis Hart-Sr
OT Steve Eastlake-Jr Clint Eastlake-Jr
OG Kyle Takavitz-Jr Joe Yakovac-So
C Josh Shneyderov-Sr Matt Mercer-Jr
OG Travis McGee-Sr Adam Shorter-Jr
OT Anthony Colton-Sr Jeremy Schlicher-Jr
K Chet Ervin-So ..



written by Tim Chapman

Defense has always been a Minter trademark. He has the knack to make a defense more valuable than the sum of its parts, and this should be another solid corps. It all starts with the linebackers. Junior Jamar Enzor will see action as a full-time MLB after completing a stellar sophomore campaign. Enzor has great vision and gives the defense an anchor in the middle. Until the defensive line solidifies, his duties will vary so he can roam free without disruption from an offensive line. Senior Tyjuan Hagler returns at his strong-side position, where he experienced similar 2002 success. Senior Jason Russell began last season as the starter at weak-side and plays like a strong safety. His contributions must be more consistent if he hopes to maintain his starting spot. We also like what we see in junior Jermaine Wilson, who should be a healthy contributor this year.

The secondary gives reliable support to the linebackers. The strength will lie in the safety position - junior Doug Monaghan is back for his third year as a starter at the strong safety spot. He is a lot like Josh Morgan (formerly of Miss. St.)- a linebacker type that can run like a safety. Stepping in at free safety is senior Franklin Callicott, a rangy, fearless rover with a flair for making the big play. Zach Norton provides versatility at corner, highlighted by his 39-inch vertical leap. These three will make it difficult for opposing QBs to throw against, and nearly as hard versus the run. And as good as these guys are, the depth behind them will make them even stronger, thanks to healthy competition and a hearty rotation.

Cincinnati's best defender will be playing on the weakest area of the squad. The defensive line loses two starters and a key reserve whom logged valuable 2002 time and numbers. Coaches are moving junior Trent Cole from tackle to end so as to maximize his athletic talents and bolster the pass rush. Coaches expect his cohorts on the line to fill the gaps. They can then enjoy success against the run. The Bearcat defense gave up only 138 yards per game on the ground- a number that might inflate just a bit in '03. Junior DT Mike Wright missed 2002 with an injury, but should again contribute.


SS Doug Monaghan


Returning Starters in bold
DE Trent Cole-Jr Adam Roberts-So
DT Ka'Son Love-Sr Lonnie Simmons-Jr
DT Mike Wright-Jr Jamie Wimmer-Fr
DE Andre Frazier-Jr Tommy Simpson-Sr
OLB Jason Russell-Sr Akanni Turner-Jr
MLB Jamar Enzor-Jr Jermaine Wilson-Jr
OLB Tyjuan Hagler-Sr Jamey Murphy-Jr
CB Zach Norton-Sr John Bowie-Fr
CB Daven Holley-Jr Thaddeus Lewis-Sr
SS Doug Monaghan-Jr Jon Witt-So
FS Franklin Callicott-Sr James Julian-Sr
P Chet Ervin-So ..




We can't sugarcoat the fact that Jonathan Ruffin is gone, and the Bearcats will severely miss him. He was one of those kickers who could make or break a game… and most times, he made them. Stepping in will be soph Chet Ervin, the team's punter last season. Ervin claims he came here to kick and is anxious to handle the job as competently.

With him handling the kicking chores, Minter hopes that incoming freshman Jordan Lear can come in and improve a punting unit that averaged a measly 31 yards per kick. Running back kicks will be Tedric Harwell, one of the more potent return men in all of C-USA.