In Cincinnati’s Military Bowl victory, Warren came up big, continuing a trend that started at the very beginning of the season.
During the summer, as the Cincinnati Bearcats were gearing up for the 2018 season, the question was whether or not running back Gerrid Doaks was going to be healthy enough to build on his promising freshman season. While people on the outside fretted, the Bearcats themselves were never worried and that’s because of Michael Warren, who had his own solid freshman year in 2017.
They were so confident that even when Doaks was still expected to make an impact this season, offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock told the Cincinnati Enquirer that both Warren and Doaks could be the lead back. It wasn’t a particularly outrageous notion. After all, Warren actually rushed for more yards per carry than Doaks in 2017. Despite Denbrock’s endorsement and the cold hard numbers, more proof was required.