Dec 27, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats running back Ralph Abernathy (1) returns a kickoff during the first quarter against the Duke Blue Devils in the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football Roundtable: Who is Cincinnati’s Most Dangerous Player?


The staff of Writing Illini takes a look at the Illinois Fighting Illini’s Week Two match-up with the Cincinnati Bearcats. In this roundtable, the guys comb through the Cincinnati roster and give their thoughts on who will be the most dangerous player for the Bearcats on Saturday.

Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

Ryan: Ralph Abernathy appears to be the Bearcats slightly smaller version of Josh Ferguson, and in my book that makes him dangerous. Last week against Purdue, Abernathy carried the ball 15 times for 52 yards and 1 TD, caught 2 passes for 17 yards, and returned 1 kickoff for 22 yards. While those stats don’t tell you much other than that Cincinnati likes to get the ball in his hands quite often, the junior’s career stats certainly tell you just how dangerous he can be in all facets of the game.

As a freshman, Abernathy was primarily a kick returner and he did his job to the tune of 39 kickoff returns for 1,034 yards and 1 TD. As a sophomore, Abernathy displayed his versatility by returning 32 kicks for 801 yards, carrying the rock 69 times for 366 yards and 3 TD, and catching 28 passes for 341 yards and 4 TD.

Aside from stopping the QB, bottling up a dangerous player such as Abernathy needs to be a top priority for the Illini D, just as I am sure the Bearcat D will be focused on keeping Josh Ferguson and his dangerous playmaking abilities in check.

Ricky: Hand down, Munchie Legaux is the most dangerous player for the Bearcats. Illinois’ defense had a gaping hole in week one and Legaux is the kind of player that will expose that hole. Oh, by the way, HE CAN RUN TOO! I expect the Illini defense to have problems with Legaux as the Bearcats edge out the Illini.

Austin: I have to say that their most “dangerous” player is Silverberry Mouhon. Everyone knows about Greg Blair, so there is no need to discuss his talents here…he’s good. Silverberry is the kind of player, a sophomore, that can kill you all day long. As a defensive end, he has the speed, ability, and power to shred your offensive line without mercy and put your quarterback on his back all day long. If the line has as many holes as it did against Southern Illinois, Mouhon may be in for a career day on Saturday.

Rees: Munchie Legaux is the most dangerous player. Legaux is a dual-threat quarterback that will make you play the run while burning you deep. Legaux is a Cam Newton type quarterback. He has great height as well as the speed to fly past you if you are not paying attention. Monheim and company will need to be on their toes to keep Legaux contained.

What do you think, Illini Nation? Who will be Cincinnati’s most dangerous player on Saturday?

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