Cincinnati football players yell at opponents

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The autumn season of university sports is just around the corner. Who better to know what talent Greater Cincinnati has to offer than the players themselves?

The Cincinnati Enquirer solicited player opinions from multiple conferences on opponents who have been impressive on the field this season. This week football players from the region gave their contribution.

Check Cincinnati.com each week to see which region’s athletes are being praised by opponents.

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Would you like to commend an opponent for their outstanding play this season? Contact Shelby Dermer at [email protected] or on Twitter @EnquirerShelby.

Max Autry, Madeira

“The person I want to acknowledge is Max Autry from Madeira. I’ve played football and basketball against him since seventh grade and he’s always done a great job. I’ve always been able to see how hard he’s working and it’s cool .” to see him on Twitter playing for his team. I know he did a great job and I have a lot of respect for him.”

– Will Svendsen, Wyoming

Ahead of the season, Autry was placed on The Enquirer’s watchlist for the best wide receivers and defensive backs to watch in Cincinnati this season. That was reflected on the field as Autry helped Madeira to a 5-0 start. Autry is third in the Cincinnati Hills League in yards (258) and tops the league with two interceptions. Autry has been a dual threat for the Mustangs this season with 360 rushing yards and 11 total touchdowns (seven rushing, four receiving).

Autry was a first-team All-District and third-team All-Ohio in Division V last season. He was second in receiving yards (700) in the 2021 CHL and led the league with four interceptions.

Brayden Bischoff, Little Miami

“Brayden Bischoff from Little Miami really surprised me. Physically he was able to keep up with our boys and last week he picked me for my first pick of the season. He’s definitely an underrated player to watch in Cincinnati.”

– Van George, Winton Woods

Bischoff, a 6-foot-1-inch senior, is currently sitting second in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference in tackles this season (44). Offensively, Bischoff has 21 catches for 273 yards and two touchdowns. He had a season-high 111 yards against Winton Woods last week and had eight catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns against West Clermont in Week 2.

Last season, Bischoff had 40 catches for 667 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, he totaled 37 tackles and one interception. He was named First-Team All-District and All-Ohio Honorable Mention in Division II.

Austin Alexander, Cooper

“He (Alexander) is undoubtedly one of, if not the, best defensive player in northern Kentucky. Austin is a fast, physical player with a lot of length. He’s one of those players when you’re trying to run away from him and trying to outplay him take away from the game, he’ll still find ways to make plays. I expect he’ll have a lot more Power 5 offers in the future.”

-Xavier Campbell, beech wood

Alexander, a 6ft 3in, 219lb defensive end sophomore, already has offers from Akron, Eastern Kentucky, Liberty and Maryland. Alexander has 43 tackles and three sacks for the Jaguars a year. Offensively, he has 13 receptions for 218 yards and three touchdowns.

As a freshman last season, Alexander had 61 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

KC Spears, Winton Woods

“I definitely respect the game played by Winton Woods’ KC Spears. He has great speed and is a nightmare after the catch. (He’s) really electric when he’s got the ball.”

TJ Nelson, Walnut Hills

Against Nelson’s Walnut Hills Eagles in Week 2, Winton Woods rolled to a shutout win and Spears had a 6-yard touchdown run and a 66-yard touchdown reception. In two games played, Spears had seven catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

As a junior last season, Spears came out late in the season and rushed for 526 yards in eight games, including a 228-yard rush with five touchdowns in Winton Woods’ 42-25 win over La Salle in the Division II regional semifinals. Spears came for just under 1,000 yards from scrimmage this year and added 24 catches for 464 yards and four points. He was named to the first-team All-Conference team.

Tyrell Lewis, Wayne

“One player I have respect for is Tyrell Lewis, Wayne’s quarterback. He’s a young guy but his mobility in and out of the bag is good. He’s got a good arm and decent legs and knows how to buy time for his team to make the right reads and decisions.”

-Ki’Arran Love, Fairfield

Lewis is starting his second season for the Warriors after going under center as a freshman in 2021 and finishing fifth in the Greater Western Ohio Conference with 10 passing touchdowns.

In just five games this season, Lewis is on track to eclipse his passing tally from all of last year, and it started with a then-career-high 281 yards in a Week 1 loss to Fairfield in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. He threw for a touchdown and ran against the Indians for another. Since that loss, Lewis has guided Wayne to victory in three of their last four games.

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