In his fifth season as Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator, Mike Denbrock has helped the Bearcats jump out to a 10-0 record and the highest ranking in school history (No. 2) behind the country’s No. 9 scoring offense (39.2 ppg) and Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Desmond Ridder. The offense has been among the nation’s best despite losing two all-conference offensive linemen and a first-team All-AAC RB from last year’s team.
A veteran of 30-plus years in the coaching profession, Denbrock has worked as both annbsp;offensive and defensive coordinator and coached every position on the offensive side of the ball. Over the last four years, Cincinnati has averaged over 30 points per game and Denbrock has been essential to the development of 2020 AAC Player of the Year and AAC Championship Game MVP QB Desmond Ridder as well as All-AAC First Team tight end Josh Whyle. UC won the AAC in 2020 and advanced to the Peach Bowl, finishing 9-1 on the season. UC also won 11 games in both 2018 and 2019. More than 10 of his former UC offensive players have spent time on NFL rosters. Denbrock also coached for more than 10 years at Notre Dame prior his arrival to Cincinnati.
Cincinnati is ranked No. 3 in the AP and Coaches Poll and No. 5 in the College Football Playoff Rankings – the highest ever by a non Power-5 team. The Bearcats are off to their second-ever 10-0 start will look to defend their AAC Championship. Cincinnati is in line to host the AAC Championship Game for a second straight year and has a great opportunity to be selected for the College Football Playoff. The Bearcats are 41-6 over the last four years – all with Denbrok as the offensive coordinator and play caller.
Cincinnati ranks:No. 9 nationally and No. 2 in the AAC in scoring offense (39.2 ppg)No. 2 in the AAC and No. 7 nationally in touchdowns (53)No. 1 in the AAC in total offense/play (6.7)No. 4 in the AAC in rush yards/gameNo. 1 in the AAC and No. 7 nationally in rushing TDs (28)No. 1 in the AAC in yards per rush (5.3)No. 1 in the AAC and No. 7 nationally in TFLs allowed (36.0)
QB Desmond Ridder set the school record for career TD passes (79) this past season. He has passed for 2,425 yards and been responsible for 27 total TDs for the 10-0 Bearcats in 2021. He was named National QB of the Week by the Davey O’Brien Award after leading UC to a 24-13 victory at No. 9 Notre Dame earlier this season. He is a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien, Maxwell and Walter Camp Awards. Ridder is only the fifth QB in FBS history with 40 career wins. Additionally, running back Jerome Ford leads the AAC in rushing (98.7 ypg) and touchdowns (16). Tight end Josh Whyle has six touchdown receptions, which is fifth among all tight ends in the nation. WR Alec Pierce is third in the AAC in yards per catch (17.0) and sixth in yards per game (62.7)