Nov 21, 2020;  Orlando, Florida, USA;  Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell (middle) and quarterback Desmond Ridder (9) and cornerback Ahmad Gardner (12) lead the team onto the field before the game against the UCF Knights at the Bounce House.

‘Sauce’ Gardner, Desmond Ridder and Alec Pierce: UC’s draft hopefuls

When University of Cincinnati consensus All-American cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner hears his name called in the 2022 NFL Draft, Bearcats coach Luke Fickell will be by his side.

Gardner, one of 21 prospects who will attend the first round of the draft Thursday in Las Vegas, is projected to be the first Cincinnati player off the board. Gardner will kick off what is expected to be a record-setting draft for the two-time defending American Athletic Conference champions.

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“I’m so excited,” Fickell told The Enquirer. “I’m so excited for those guys. All of them have – in my opinion – played above their God-given abilities, meaning they’ve developed themselves in so many ways. This is that day where so much of that hard work, those passions that you have, those dreams that they’ve had, they become a reality.”

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