Cincinnati was a bit of a wild card this year but the Bearcats managed to put away 21 lobsters between three players to take this year’s lobster crown at the annual American clambake the night before the formal conference media day.
The Bearcats had three players for an average of seven lobsters per player, which also led the conference at the clambake. Remember, Cincinnati claimed just five lobsters in 2012 so the Bearcats also get the award for most improved. To top it all, Cincinnati offensive tackle Austen Bujnoch is reported to have consumed a clambake high eight lobsters. Could this be the preview of a big year for Cincinnati? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Rutgers was crowned lobster kings in 2012 with 30 lobsters claimed, and the Scarlet Knights came within one game of a potential Orange Bowl bid. This year Rutgers managed to eat just eight lobsters. Word of last year’s total came as a complete shock to the player-representatives for the Scarlet Knights this year. Rutgers averaged just two lobsters per player.
Temple was my clambake favorite in the preview, and the Owls did not disappoint. Between four players, Temple finished in second with 16 lobsters consumed, averaging four lobsters per player. I have been told quarterback-turned running back Chris Coyer had an impressive showing with
six seven (confirmed) lobsters polished off. Temple totaled 15 last year, so book the Owls for 17 lobsters in 2014.
Last year’s conference BCS representative, Louisville, managed to put away seven lobsters between four players. News of Cincinnati’s lobster count was not received too well by the Cardinals, with some skepticism quick to be pointed out. We’ll just use this as some more powder for the Keg of Nails at the end of the upcoming regular season.
The rookie of the year in this year’s competition is Houston, who debuted with ten lobsters in their first clambake. I am told punter Richie Leone watched the Herb Brooks speech in Miracle to get pumped up leading in to the clambake. Central Florida was also respectable in their first clambake with nine lobsters between three players. Memphis had a solid outing as well, with seven lobsters between just two players.
Top Individual: Cincinnati OT Austen Bujnoch (8.0 lobsters reported)
Top School Average per Player: Cincinnati (7.0 lobsters/player)
Rookie of the Year: Houston (10 lobsters in first clambake)
Most Improved: Cincinnati (+16 lobsters over previous year)