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--- BIll Koch talked a little more in depth about the Vidal Hazelton injury and the logistics of him earning a sixth year of eligibility at UC.
Hazelton seems to be taking it better than anybody could ha ve expected.
--- There's also this story about the man of the hour at UC, Marcus Barnett, who takes the place of Hazelton.
--- Bill also blogged about Zach Collaros talking about the offense rebounding this week.
I spoke with Collaros a little bit about scrambling in the pocket. It's something we haven't seen him do a lot. When he does scramble, it has always been very under control and with purprose. Against Fresno, there were some plays where I thought I was watching B.J. Daniels.
His athleticism produced some big plays, but he admitted it was far from something he was trying to add to his game this year. It was more out of necessity of the situation.
"You never want to go into a game or any sitaution with improv. You want to be able to go through your progressions. Chris Carter did a great job coming off the edge and flushed me sometimes. They had some guys that played really well, but you never want to go into a game and improv."
Collaros can be a scrambling quarterback, but he knows as well as anybody, this team will only win consistently if he has time to make it though his reads within the timing of the offense.
--- Scott Springer takes time to remember one of the great days in UC history when Gino Guidugli led the Bearcats past Army with a last TD pass to Tye Keith. It's one of the great victories in recent history at UC.
The program has come so far in the past three years, perhaps this week as much as any it is good to look back at where it was at even 10 years ago to appreciate why it's a good thing to be seriously disappointed by a loss at Fresno State.
--- Brian Bennett ranks Indiana State the worst of the four FCS opponents Big East teams are playing this week. He points out last week's win for the Sycamores came against an NAIA team. Also, the Sycamores only have won two games against division opponents since mid-2004.
--- AOL Fanhouse grades the new coach debuts. Three have ties to UC.
--- Brian Grummell rounds up a Big East conference reeling after the opening week.
--- Two of Butch Jones' best friends in coaching will go head to head this weekend, but Jones won't be giving out any secrets, according to this story from AnnArbor.com.
--- As a reminder, Saturday's game against Indiana State at noon can be seen on WXIX, Ch. 19, and not FoxSports Ohio.
--- In today's randomness, I don't know how much this makes me want to watch The Amazing Race, but it does make me want to watch this video over and over again.