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Tommy Tuberville Talks about The Masters

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As the nation's sports focus turns to Augusta, Georgia and The Masters for a week, many people don't realize that Tommy Tuberville played college golf in addition to football. 

With numerous Bearcat football lettermen in town April 11 for the annual Letterman's Golf Outing, Tuberville can talk about some of the legendary holes he's played before.  Among those, is the famous (or infamous) Amen Corner at Augusta National.

Catching up with Deyshawn Bond

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The University of Cincinnati offensive line has the luxury of an experienced center who is only a sophomore.  Deyshawn Bond out of Warren Central High School in Indianapolis could potentially be a four-year starter; a rarity on a Division I offensive line.

When senior Dan Sprague went down prior to the start of the season, Bond stepped in and played the majority of the season until tweaking an ankle late in the year.  The 6-foot-2, 287 pounder was originally a high school guard, but was a quick study at center once arriving at UC.

Catching up with Offensive Coordinator Eddie Gran

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Back for a second year, University of Cincinnati Eddie Gran is revving up the Bearcat offense even more. When Munchie Legaux was injured last year and Brendon Kay stepped in, the offense eventually reverted to what Kay was familiar with, the hurry-up.

Based on that success, the hurry-up is trying to hurry even more for 2014 with the likes of Gunner Kiel, Jarred Evans, Michael Colosimo, Hayden Moore and possibly Leagaux again (he's thrown some in practice).

Coupled with outstanding receivers and running backs in better condition, the Bearcats could be full throttle by September's opener.

Gran himself works quick, I had to chase him down outside of the Sheakley Athletics Center by the Bearcat statue on this day.

Catching up with running back Tion Green

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With the move of Ralph David Abernathy IV to receiver (although he'll still run some) UC looks like their moving toward bigger backs.

Though last year's rushing leader was Hosey Williams, who does put 200 pounds on a 5-foot-7 frame, the bigger back is No. 7, Tion Green.

Green's 409 yards were third behind Williams and Abernathy, but he did score more rushing touchdowns with seven.  A first look at Green in spring practice had many thinking he had put on pounds.

In actuality, Green has dropped weight, but apparently but on muscle. At around the 215 mark, Green looks primed to have an impact in the new, fast-paced offense. Of all of the runners, he does appear to have a nose for the endzone and a knack for running "downhill".

Here's the personable Mr. Green:

Co-DC Hank Hughes on his Return to UC

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Like Eddie Gran, another member of the University of Cincinnati football coach has returned to the Bearcats from an earlier stint.

Co-defensive coordinator Hank Hughes was on Tim Murphy's staff in 1993 when the Bearcats broke a ten-season losing skid with an 8-3 effort. That season included what was then a rare stop by a bowl officer as the "Poulan Weedeater Independence Bowl" officer was here for a Bearcats' game against Memphis.

As some may recall, Cincinnati was treated to a rare, late October snowstorm and the desired attendance for the game at Nippert was not reached (even including the snowman someone had made in the Herschede-Shank Pavilion).

UC won that game and eventually finished with a win over East Carolina for the 8-3 season that catapulted Murphy to Harvard and Boston where he was from. Hughes went with Murphy to the Ivy League, then spent three seasons at Memphis before spending the last 14 seasons at Connecticut.

He now returns to a team with a better identity, better facilities and better players. Here's my chat with Coach Hughes at a recent practice.


Meet Transfer QB Jarred Evans

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If you see a young man around campus wearing a Seahawks jersey and looking like Russell Wilson, you're sadly mistaken.

You won't be too far off though as the person you're looking at is also a football player and a quarterback.

Coming to Cincinnati from Queens, by way of Santa Barbara, Calif., Jarred Evans is a dead ringer for the Super Bowl-winning quarterback. A dead ringer, with a live arm.

Wearing No. 12 for the Bearcats, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound signal caller can throw, run and throw on the run. Judging from the direction of Coach Tommy Tuberville's Bearcat offense, he should fit in just fine.

Evans will compete for the job this spring with sophomore Gunner Kiel, senior Michael Colosimo and true freshman Hayden Moore. Also, lurking around practice and waiting to return this summer is Munchie Legaux.

In other words, Coach Tuberville and the 'Cats have some options and some pretty darn good ones.

Here's a snippet of Mr. Evans from a recent practice at the Sheakley Athletic Center:

Hartfield Heads Home for Belk Bowl

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If you see a huge group of UC No. 95's in Charlotte in and around the Belk Bowl, it could be because junior defensive lineman Terrell Hartsfield has a huge contingent of fans.

Hartsfield's from Raleigh, about 140 miles away and is excited about play North Carolina (who also recruited him) Dec. 28.
  The lanky defensive lineman is looking forward to introducing some Tar Heels to the turf to finish out the 2013 campaign.

Kiel Takes Advantage of Extra Reps

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Gunner Kiel has been working with the UC quarterbacks all season long even though he's been unable to play as a transfer from Notre Dame.

The luxury of a bowl game is extra practices for players like Kiel who are eyeing spring practice as their time to shine in preparation for 2014.

Kiel and Bennie Coney have both been getting beneficial extra reps during Belk Bowl practice.

Coach Tuberville on the track

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As part of the Belk Bowl festivities, the University of Cincinnati football team will again visited the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. Not only is it a fun day for the Bearcats, it turns out their coach has taken a spin or two around a celebrated oval and is a big stock car fan.

Williams Leads UC's Ground Attack into Houston

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Heading into the Houston game, UC's top rusher is junior Hosey Williams who is doing the No. 23 of Isaiah Pead proud with 491 yards.  Sharing carries with Ralph David Abernathy IV and Tion Green, Williams is averaging 5.8 yards per carry.

His best game was 117 yards and two touchdowns against Northwestern State, but he also ran for 90 yards against Southern Methodist, 78 against the Miami Redhawks and 70 against Purdue.

His highlight likely was the extended drive on the ground against SMU when the Bearcats were able to freeze the Mustangs offense with Williams pounding the rock.

While the Bearcats have turned to a more pass-oriented offense with Brendon Kay, Williams has still made blocks and chewed up valuable yards and minutes with his running talents.

The 5-foot-9 200-pound Williams is also from Miami, Florida and Southridge High School.
  The recent announcement of a home and home series with the Miami Hurricanes is good news for Williams and numerous Floridians on the team that will enjoy a return to the Sunshine State.