Football Back In Pads On Day Three Of Spring Practice

April 3, 2009

Coach Longo Interview

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football donned full pads for the first time since the FedEx Orange Bowl on New Year's Day for a two-hour workout Friday under overcast skies at Nippert Stadium.

The workout, the third of UC's allotted 15 for the spring, featured live hitting, individual position drills, and a spirited 11-on-11 session to close out the workout.

Head coach Brian Kelly was pleased with the hitting, but pointed out an area of improvement for the upcoming practices.

"Today we addressed two things," Kelly said. "One, we didn't tackle very well in the Orange Bowl. Obviously we wanted to put an emphasis on hitting, and I thought we tackled very well today. On the other hand, we haven't been very good in short-yardage situations offensively, and we were 0-for-4 today.

"It's a give-and-take as a head coach. It's good that we tackled better defensively. We played with a great deal of enthusiasm. We played the way we want our defense to play with a lot of new starters. I thought we had a good day. On the other end of things, we've got to do a better job of finding ways to convert short yardage situations."

Guests at practice Friday included over 300 members of the Southwest Ohio Football Coaches Association (SWOFCA). They are on campus for a two-day coaches clinic that includes drills and seminars given by members of the UC coaching staff.

"This is really UC's chance to give back to the high school coaches," Kelly said. "We host the event for free, and all the proceeds go straight back to SWOFCA. There's no requirement except they have to register. They don't need to come here with anything else but a desire to learn and it's our way of giving back to the coaches in southwest Ohio." sat down with football strength and conditioning coach Paul Longo to talk about the team's progression since the end of last season. Fans can view the interview by clicking HERE.