Smith’s rise with Cincin­nati Bearcats

James Smith’s Bearcats rolling through col­lege sea­son

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - BY CAM POT­TER cpot­ter@ ne­me­dia.com.au

JAMES Smith and his Cincin­nati Bearcats team are ‘bowl el­i­gi­ble’ and in­side USA To­day’s top-25 for the first time since 2013.

What does that mean for the former Galen stu­dent and Wan­garatta Rovers’ de­fender?

It means two things; that the Bearcats through the first six games of the sea­son are un­de­feated and they have the chance to play off in the col­lege bowl se­ries, and that the Bearcats are ranked in the best 25 col­le­giate teams in the en­tire di­vi­sion one NCAA pro­gram.

There are six col­lege bowls, and if the Bearcats con­tinue this mon­u­men­tal run and fin­ish atop of the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence then they will qual­ify for ei­ther the Peach, Feista or Cot­ton Bowls.

With Smith en­joy­ing ar­guably his best foot­ball as the spe­cial teams’ punter, and the Bearcats start­ing the sea­son 6-0, there is a good feel­ing in South-East Ohio.

“The feel­ing is amaz­ing; the group is so co­he­sive and tight knit and ev­ery­thing is re­ally up beat,” Smith said.

“Prac­tice is def­i­nitely more fo­cused with at­ten­tion to de­tail and all the lit­tle things, be­cause we need to keep get­ting bet­ter each week to keep this feel­ing go­ing and ul­ti­mately play for cham­pi­onships.”

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