Marcus Freeman

Cincinnati

Defensive Coordinator / LB

Conference: American Athletic

Coach Stats

Why should this nominee be considered for the Broyles Award?
Freeman has been part of a UC staff which coached the Bearcats to back-to-back 11-win seasons in 2018 and 2019, the 2019 American Athletic Conference East Division Championship and consecutive bowl-game wins in the 2018 Military Bowl and 2019 TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl.The Bearcats finished atop the 2019AAC ranks in scoring defense for the second-straight season and ranked among the league’s top three in rushing and total defense.The 2018 Black Cats Defense led the American in rushing defense, scoring defense and total defense and ranked among the Top-15 in the NCAA FBS in all three categories.
Coach's Past Performance
Jarell White, LB (68 tackles, 8.5 per game – leads the AAC, 7.0 TFL)Darrian Beavers, LB (48 tackles, 6.0 per game, 6.0 TFL)Myjai Sanders, DE (5.0 sacks – 2nd in AAC, 8.5 TFL – t-7th in AAC)Ahmad Gardner, CB (1.12 PD per game – t-1st in AAC, 3 INT)Coby Bryant, CB (1.12 PD per game – t-1st in AAC, 3 INT)
Team Record and Standings
8-0 overall, 6-0 American Athletic ConferenceLeading AAC StandingsNo. 7 in Associated Press, College Football Playoff and USA Today Coaches polls
Team/Unit Stats
8-0 overall, 6-0 American Athletic ConferenceLeading AAC StandingsNo. 7 in Associated Press, College Football Playoff and USA Today Coaches polls
Individual Player Stats
NCAA FBS No. 2 in pass efficiency defense (94.74).NCAA FBS No. 5 in scoring defense (15.0 points allowed per game).NCAA FBS No. 11 in total defense (308.1 ypg).UC leads the American in rushing defense (112.5), scoring defense (15.0), pass defense (195.6), pass efficiency defense (94.7) and total defense (308.1).Cincinnati has allowed 13 TDs on defense this year, the top mark in the NCAA FBS among teams who have played eight or more games.UC’s 13 interceptions leads the American and ranks tied for second in the NCAA FBS.In FootballOutsiders.com’s DFEI defense ratings, Cincinnati is tied with Wisconsin for third overall (1.15) and sits behind Clemson and Northwestern (1.23).