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Bearcats Breakfast 8.22.12

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Quick Breakfast today as UC returns to Nippert from Higher Ground. Two-plus weeks of football boot camp are officially in the books. Talking to Butch Jones, the idea of leaving the middle of nowhere and heading back to civilization only made him sad.

Butch loves football. He loves coaching football. Leaving football-coach heaven behind is tough. Sure, the games and glory bring out the best in everyone and are why they do all this, but you get the feeling talking to Jones these two weeks are his favorite of the year.

As for what came out of camp? Still no official decision on the quarterback battle, but Munchie Legaux has taken the wide majority of snaps with the first team. Jones is calling for an official announcement next week. The writing would seemingly be on the wall, but Jones will continue to keep Brendon Kay in the mix for now.

"(Legaux) has really matured in a very short period of time," Jones said. "Also, I think a lot of it is because of the competition that Brendon Kay is bringing as well. Competition is extremely healthy."

Other notes from camp:

-- Pleasant surprises?: Jones reeled off two specific names quickly, one on offense and one on defense.

Redshirt Freshman Parker Ehringer (6-7, 290), an offensive lineman out of Michigan is currently running with the first team on the up front and performed well. 

Central Michigan transfer John Williams also has drawn the praises of Jones for helping to fill the void left by Derek Wolfe and John Hughes. "He's stepped up and provided some stability for us in our defensive front," Jones said.

-- Freshmen impact?: Jones has seen a few freshmen play well enough to warrant playing time opening week. He estimates "upwards of four" will see the field in the opener.

-- Walter Stewart said he enjoyed his time at Higher Ground, but the first thing he'll be doing when he returns to the city is hit up some fast food. Namely: Rally's -- Baconzilla.

-- The best news, as Bill Koch points out in this nice camp recap, no major injuries coming out of camp.

-- Here's Jones with Tommy G at the conclusion of camp.

-- Hope you caught my story on Arryn Chenault, who come to find out is the nephew of famous UC basketball player, the late Paul Hogue. Cool piece of UC tradition weaving into the next generation.

-- Fielding a punt is harder than it looks. Video Shane proves that well. Dave Coulier is on line 2 and interested in your video, Shane.




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