Aug 31, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Tommy Tuberville leads his team onto the field at the beginning of their game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football: Five Cincinnati Bearcats To Watch For


The Illinois Fighting Illini might have earned a win in their first game of the 2013 season, but they have a much tougher opponent in the Cincinnati Bearcats lined up for Week Two.

Here are five Cincinnati Bearcats to watch this week.

1) Adrian Witty, S

Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Witty was arguably the biggest defensive player for Cincinnati in the team’s 42-7 win over the Purdue Boilermakers. He only had two tackles in the game, but he did return an interception 41 yards for a touchdown. The Bill Cubit offense is designed to limit turnovers, and Nathan Scheelhaase only threw one interception against SIU. Now, the Illini most likely will not turn the ball over as much as Purdue in Week One, but Wiity is the kind of defensive player that can make one interception turn into the game changer.

2) Munchie Legaux, QB

The Cincinnati Bearcats might have a quarterback competition going between Munchie Legaux and Brendon Kay heading into Week Two, but Legaux seems to be the favorite.

He started for the Bearcats last week against Purdue and threw for 145 yards and a touchdown while running for 55 more yards and one more touchdown. Last week, the Illini defense had a huge hole in the middle of their defense that SIU picked apart. Not only will Legaux do the same, but he will also use his legs to hurt the Illini as well.

3) Max Morrison, WR

One thing the Cincinnati offense did well last week against Purdue was spreading the wealth. The Bearcats had twelve players with at least one catch in the game and wide receiver Max Morrison had the more catches at three. Morrison might not be the only receiver to watch for, but Illinois will need to keep a close eye on him because he was targeted that most times.

4) Hosey Williams, RB and 5) Ralph Abernathy, RB

The last two players on are list of players to watch deserve to be grouped together because that are the Cincinnati run game (along with Legaux). Both Williams and Abernathy touched the ball 15 times each against Purdue and totaled 122 of the Bearcats’ rushing output. Illinois didn’t have to deal with much from the SIU run game (mostly because the Illini jumped out to a big lead). However, that might not be the case on Saturday against Cincinnati. Because of that, Illini fans might be seeing a lot of Williams and Abernathy.

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