First things first, solid lunch today. City BBQ broke out the baked potato and chicken along with the home run banana pudding for the Butch Jones luncheon. A gutsy call, but one that paid off. Now that we got that out of the way, let's talk football.
One of the primary themes coming out of Tuesday was the mindset of Munchie Legaux. He made mistakes with the ball against Delaware State after an explosive opener against Pittsburgh. Many may be wondering how the QB responded to the adversity.
Don't count Butch Jones among them.
"I have seen him more determined than ever," Jones said. "I've liked his focus. He's taking coaching and doing everything that we ask of him."
More to the point, he's even doing what the Bearcats don't ask of him. On Monday, as the coaching staff gathered for their meeting, Legaux walked in, pulled up a chair and whipped out his notebook.
"I'm looking out of the corner of my eye he's got his notepad open," Jones said. "He's got staff meeting, dated and he's taking notes."
Legaux peeked his head into meetings before, but never sat down in an observatory role.
"They was kind of surprised," Legaux said. "But they liked it. They liked to see me in there. I just wanted to see what those guys were talking about, the gameplan, how those guys feel."
This comes only one week after he sat down one-on-one with Jones to review the video of what went wrong against Delaware State.
Questions can be asked about Legaux's accuracy and decision-making, but nobody inside the program are questioning his dedication to improving. Ball security sits atop his list of priorities this week as UC attempts to prove the six turnovers against DSU was an aberration.
"He told me some things I needed corrected," Legaux said. "He said he's seeing some great things out there we just need to correct the little mistakes and we'll be OK."
Position battle: One game for Damon Julian and he's officially pushing sophomore WR Alex Chisum for a starting spot. Chisum missed the game against DSU with a minor injury and is not 100 percent. The same can't be said about his security as a starter.
"You remember Wally Pipp, right?" Jones said. "Alex Chisum knows all too well about the Wally Pipp story."
For those of you who don't know, Wally Pipp was the starting first baseman who got injured and Lou Gehrig took his spot. He never gave it back starting 2,130 consecutive games. Now go back to being ashamed of yourself for not knowing that.
Chisum maybe needed a fire lit under him after breaking onto the scene last year. Regardless of whether he needed a competition or not, he's got one. The depth chart placed and "or" between the two names for the first time this season.
"Whoever has the best week of practice will be the individual who starts," Jones said. "Damon made the most of his opportunity. Everything is production."
Butch nugget: Jones pointed out that UC only has one offensive penalty this season. Impressive.
Unique non-conference games: Despite being played in Virginia Tech's backyard, this game technically serves as a home game for the Bearcats. UC will be the home team and have the end zones painted with Bearcats logos.
Reports out this weekend were that 38,000 tickets have been sold to the game at this point. FedEx Field capacity is about 91k.
While this will be viewed as more of a home game for VT, remember Blacksburg is still a five-hour drive from Landover, Md. This won't exactly be Lane Stadium during Enter Sandman.
Perception is reality: Despite the loss to Pitt, this remains the marquee game on UC's non-conference slate. A win can go a long way toward winning on the field not only this year but for years to come.
Of course, exposing UC on a national stage goes beyond wins and losses.
"Anytime you play on national TV it's an opportunity to sell your football program," Jones said. "I think we've benefited here as much as anyone from playing on national television and taking advantage of the four-hour commercial for your institution, for your football program. Last time I checked our admissions are at an all-time high. Our recruiting has really skyrocketed. our fan base is growing each and every day. That's all byproducts of playing on national television."
Jokes and jokes and jokes and jokes: VT quarterback Logan Thomas comes with a build unlike most in college football. At 6-foot-6, 260 pounds, he's taller and weighs nearly as much all of UC's starting defensive linemen.
Finding a way to simulate in practice his effect in the running game where he had 15 rushes for 65 yards last week is difficult.
Playing the role of Thomas on scout team this week will be 6-3, 204-pound freshman Bennie Coney.
"We've asked him to go in the weight room in one week and drink a lot of muscle milk and Gatorade products, we've asked him to put about 50 pounds on," Jones joked.
Other side of the tracks: At Virginia Tech, coach Frank Beamer spoke highly of the Bearcats talent, calling them the "most athletic team we've faced."
Here's a piece from the Virginian-Pilot speaking on the Hokies take against UC.
Big Hair, big ballads: In honor of Power Ballad Tuesday inside the Bearcats sports information office as I crank this out, only seems fair to conclude the Tuesday lunch with one of the great big hair ballads of all time.
Chewing gum. Sporting Oakleys. Wearing Denim. Damn Yankees, bring it home boys.