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Notes from Butch Jones

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Most everything from Tuesday's press luncheon paled in comparison to the Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding provided by City BBQ, but still some good news tidbits for you.

--- Butch Jones reeled off a few stats he was especially happy with from the win against Louisville.

1) UC was 6 of 9 on third down conversions. The 66-percent was a season high and the first time it was better than 50 percent.

2) UC had four scoring drives of at least 70 yards, a season high. That includes the longest in terms of both plays and time (14 plays, 6:13) and the fourth longest (3:47) of the 30 scoring drives this season.

3) UC held Louisville to three points in the second half.

4) UC owns the youngest BCS conference defense in the country in starting eight sophomores right now. They are also one of two teams in the country without a senior starting on defense. The other? Alabama.

5) The starting defensive line of Derek Wolfe, Dan Giordano, Brandon Mills and John Hughes played 70-plus snaps since the Bearcats operated more out of the 4-3 base defense than at any point this year.  

6) UC's three turnovers led to 14 Louisville points.

--- Jones also dispatched some injury updates. He confirmed again that D.J. Woods is fine, he will play this weekend and probably could have come back on Friday night, but they were erroring on the side of caution. He did not suffer a concussion.

--- Alex Hoffman is a wait and see if he will be ready to go on Friday. He will be monitored and re-evaluated later in the week.

--- Wesley Richardson will return to practice today and they will see how he responds.

--- Jones talked about the play of J.K. Schaffer and Maalik Bomar. UC only has four linebackers playing on its defense or special teams right now. The depth just isn't there.

"I estimate JK and Maalik probably played the equivalent of a season already," he said. "But that's where we are at in our program."

He thought the game was "a little bit fast" for Bomar on Friday night. He had the fewest number of tackles since Indiana State and was without a tackle for loss for the second consecutive game. 

As far as attacking the problem at that position, Jones had this solution:

"Develop your younger players and go recruit. There's a premium need of linebackers in our football program right now. We address that through recruiting. It's getting those four individuals to play the best they are capable of playing and being warriors." 

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