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Tony Pike update

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Just got off the Big East coaches teleconference with Brian Kelly, and he said we might know something later today about Tony Pike. He's scheduled to see Dr. Angelo Colosimo at University Hospital, and BK obviously is hoping for some good news.

 

Originally, BK said after the South Florida game that Pike was out for the Louisville game, but on Friday, I reported that his status for next Saturday's contest was up in the air. What changed?

 

"I don't have my degree," BK said. "Obviously I need to defer to the medical personal that know a lot more than I do. In my mind, either you're in or you're out and he was out. My mind goes to the next guy in. The medical staff is going to make the determination when he can do that.

 

"Obviously he's going to have to be able to do the things in the shotgun offense. We can't put him in there if he can't protect himself. It'd be very difficult to run no-back, spread offense. If we were an I(-formation) team, we could get away with it a little bit more. It's just a manner of managing our spread offense."

 

Depending on how Pike feels, BK will open the quarterback competition this week to Zach Collaros - who made the Big East honor roll for his performance in the USF game - and Chazz Anderson, who did a nice job last year spelling an injured Pike and helped lead the Bearcats to a win vs. Rutgers.

 

They'll practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and split the snaps about 50-50. Pike, if he can play, won't need to take many reps, BK said. He knows the offense well enough where he can just take mental reps.

 

"We'll see which player has really stepped up in the three days of preparation," BK said.

 

--BK did have a nice compliment for Pike's toughness for returning to the USF game after halftime.

 

"It sent a message to our team that this guy is going to get out there no matter what happens," he said.

 

--Jake Rogers was named the Big East special teams player of the week. He scored 10 points and averaged 45.1 yards on seven punts. Two of his kickoffs went for touchbacks.

 

--The Oct. 31 UC-Syracuse game will be a noon kickoff on ESPNU.

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