March 2, 2013
The University of Cincinnati football team was back at work Saturday, spending two hours in helmets on the practice field under the bubble at the Sheakley Athletics Center.
The workout, UC's second of 15 NCAA allowed spring practices, featured a continuation of the installation of the Bearcats' offensive and defensive sets. The team will don full pads on Monday with some hitting occuring for the first time since UC was on the field in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27, 2012.
A pair of former standout wide receivers were in attendance at practice Saturday, Jim Kelly Jr. and LaDaris Vann. Kelly, who has served as UC's radio analyst for the past 22 seasons, was a three-year start in the late 1970s.
Vann is one of three former Bearcats tied for the school record with 204 career receptions (Dominick Goodman, Mardy Gilyard). He also ranks third on the all-time list with 2,483 yards and had a reception in a school-record 46 consecutive games from 1999-2002.
Bearcats TV talked with QB Brendon Kay (Marine City, Mich./Marine City) following practice. Kay, who went 4-1 as a starter in UC's last five games of the 2012 season, is battling Munchie Legaux (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr) for the starting job. Legaux was 6-2 last year, starting UC's first eight games and throwing for 1,716 yards and 13 TDs. Kay totaled 1,298 yards and 10 TDs.
"They’re the top two," Tuberville said in a recent interview with ESPN.com. "That’s not to say the other guys aren’t going to get a shot. We told them all, ‘Hey get in there and show us what you can do.’ The biggest thing is learning the offense first and being able to change a play at the line of scrimmage, learning protections, getting us in the right play and also being a team leader."
To view the rest of the ESPN.com Tuberville interview, click HERE.
UC is back on the field Monday for the first of four practices next week at the Sheakley Athletics Center. All spring practices, with the exception of April 6, are closed to the general public.
On April 6, UC will hold an open practice for fans from 10 a.m. until noon at the Sheakley Athletics Center.
Following UC's 15th and final spring workout on April 6, the Bearcats will hold a free youth clinic on the SAC turf. UC coaches and selected student-athletes will lead youngsters up to the eighth grade level through drills and instruction until 2 p.m. with an autograph session to follow. Admission is free and open to all fans.