April 6, 2012
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football team closed out its second-to-last week of spring football Friday, working out for just over two hours under the bubble in the Sheakley Athletics Center.
The workout was the 11th of the spring for the Bearcats who are set to close spring football with Bearcat Bowl VI, presented by Fifth Third Bank on Saturday, April 14 from 4-5:30 p.m. ET inside historic Nippert Stadium.
After spending two days in white jerseys, the defense is on a two-practice streak of keeping the black jerseys, earning one-point wins the last two days thanks to plays during the final period of practice.
Following practice, the Bearcats rehersed for their flag holding duties at the Cincinnati Reds game Saturday night, unfurling a giant American Flag across the SAC turf.
Junior punter Pat O'Donnell (Lakeworth, Fla./Palm Beach Central), today's interview on GoBEARCATS.com, was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection in 2011, leading the conference in net punting average. His 43.81 yards per punt tally ranked among the Top-20 in the nation. He will be a junior after receiving a medical redshirt for his freshman season, and is one of the top returning punters in the country in 2012.
TEAM SET TO HOLD FLAG AT REDS GAME SATURDAY
The Bearcats will travel to Great American Ball Park Saturday to take part in opening night ceremonies prior to the Cincinnati Reds matchup with the Miami Marlins at 7:10 p.m. The Bearcats will hold the American Flag in the outfield for the National Anthem and will sign autographs on the concourse during the game. Opening night festivities also feture the Rusty Griswolds, a Reds calendar giveaway to the first 25,000 fans and a postgame fireworks show. For tickets, call 513-381-REDS (7337) or visit reds.com.
Take a look back from the week that was featuring interviews with Head Coach Butch Jones HERE, senior linebacker Maalik Bomar (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) HERE and junior punter Pat O'Donnell (Lakeworth, Fla./Palm Beach Central) HERE.
UC returns to the practice field Monday, Tuesday and Thursday before playing host to Bearcat Bowl VI presented by Fifth Third Bank at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 14 inside historic Nippert Stadium.
The event is free for everyone. Before the game, come to the Bearcats Fan Zone on Sheakley Lawn which will feature activities such as a dunk tank, inflatable games, cornhole and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Students will have the opportunity to participate in various events during the game to win great prize packages from UC Athletics.
OPEN PRACTICE FOR STUDENTS
The UC Student Body is invited to come watch the UC Football Team in a student only open practice being held on Tuesday, April 10th beginning at 9am. The practice will be held at historic Nippert Stadium, weather permitting. Make sure to come by before or after class and catch an exclusive spring preview of your Bearcats.
Are you in a band or do you know of a rockin' UC student band? Want to have the opportunity to play in front of a crowd on Sheakley Lawn before Bearcat Bowl VI? Please contact the UC Marketing Office at 1-877-CATS-TIX if you are interested in performing!
STUDENT SEASON TICKETS
Those students who had football season tickets last year are encouraged to renew them online at www.CATSTIX.com. The deadline for renewal is Friday, April 20th. New student season tickets will be available for sale beginning on Monday, April 23rd at 8 a.m. These can be purchased by calling the UC Ticket Office at 1-877-CATS-TIX or by visiting our website at www.CATSTIX.com . Student season tickets are the only way to guarantee your seat in the Nippert Stadium Student Section for all seven home games. Tickets are $60 for the entire season for students. Any student that purchases a student season ticket has the opportunity to purchase up to two guest season tickets for $140 each that can be used by non-UC students including family and friends. Students interested are encouraged to order their season tickets early to secure their spot in the student section for the 2012 season.