Aug. 8, 2014
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football team opens its preparations for the 2014 season on Sunday, Aug. 10 with the start of fall training camp at the Higher Ground Conference & Retreat Center in West Harrison, Ind. The team will practice at Higher Ground for just over two weeks before returning to campus on Saturday, Aug. 23.
The Bearcats kickoff the season on Friday, Sept. 12 against Toledo at 7 p.m. ET inside Paul Brown Stadium. Season tickets for UC's six-game home slate at PBS are on sale now, starting at $99 or $16.50 per game. The Bearcats are playing their 2014 home schedule downtown due to the $86-million Nippert Stadium Renovation & Expansion Project. For more information, visit www.BearcatsFootball.com.
With training camp beginning in a few days, below are a few important numbers to know entering the 2014 season.
The Bearcats grabbed 17 of 30 first-place votes to sit atop the American Athletic Conference preseason football media poll. UC, who went 9-4 a year ago in Head Coach Tommy Tuberville's first season at Cincinnati, tallied 311 total votes and 17 first-place votes to lead the voting. In the last six seasons, the Bearcats have won four conference championships, but it has never been selected as the overall preseason favorite.
Bearcats Top American Preseason Poll
Four UC players have been named to national preseason watch lists, including C Deyshawn Bond, OT Eric Lefeld, DE Silverberry Mouhon and WR Shaq Washington. Bond was tabbed for the 2014 Rimington Trophy Watch List, which is awarded annually to the top center in college football. Lefeld was named to the 2014 Outland Trophy Watch List, which is awarded to the best interior lineman on offense or defense in the country. Mouhon has been named to the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, which honors the top offensive or defensive lineman in the nation, and the 2014 Ted Hendricks Award Watch List, which honors the top defensive end in the nation. Washington was named to the 2014 Biletnikoff Award Watch List, which recognizes the most outstanding receiver in college football.
Rimington Trophy | Outland Trophy | Rotary Lombardi Award | Ted Hendricks Award | Biletnikoff Award
UC has eight wins in its last 11 games versus teams from the Power 5 Conferences, and it has an opportunity this season to improve that record with non-conference games at Ohio State on Sept. 27 and at Miami (Fla.) on Oct. 11. During that 8-3 span, the Bearcats have wins over schools from the ACC (Duke, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Virginia Tech), Big Ten (Purdue) and SEC (Vanderbilt). The Power 5 Conferences, which include the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC, are the five leagues with automatic qualifying berths into the new College Football Playoff, which begins this season.
||vs. North Carolina (Belk Bowl)
||vs. Duke (Belk Bowl)
||vs. Virginia Tech (FedEx Field)
||vs. Vanderbilt (Liberty Bowl)
||West Virginia (Paul Brown Stadium)
A total of 24 former Bearcats are on NFL rosters to open up preseason. Five players from last year's team are among those 24, including Blake Annen (Philadelphia), Andre Cureton (Dallas), Brendon Kay (Pittsburgh), Sam Longo (Miami) and Anthony McClung (Houston).
The Bearcats will begin 2014 with a streak of 26 consecutive games with 340 or more yards of total offense. UC capped off the 2013 campaign by tallying 349 yards in the Belk Bowl.
Junior WR Mekale McKay averaged 30.3 yards per receptions (16 rec./485 yds./7 TDs) last season. McKay would have led the nation in yards per catch, but he did not meet the NCAA minimum of 2.0 receptions per game. All seven of his touchdowns came from throws of 15 yards or more (40, 22, 15, 62, 24, 66, 34).
Cincinnati will play all six 2014 home games downtown at Paul Brown Stadium since historic Nippert Stadium is undergoing an $86-million renovation and expansion which began in December 2013. The 98-year old facility will feature a new five-story west side pavilion as well as concourse, restroom and concession enhancements on both the east and west sides. UC will return to Nippert in 2015, the 100th anniversary of original construction on the stadium.
The Bearcats will travel 109 miles north on I-71 on Sept. 27 to take on in-state rival Ohio State. The teams last met in 2006 with UC dropping a matchup to the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium , more commonly known as `The Horseshoe'. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET and will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
The Bearcats football team will be playing in its 127th season in 2014. UC's program dates back to 1885 and is one of the nine oldest FBS programs.
Tuberville, entering his 19th season as a head coach, picked up career win No. 140 on Nov. 23 with the Bearcats' 24-17 road victory at Houston. He is one of 12 active NCAA FBS head coaches to have eclipsed the 140 win plateau.