Aug. 10, 2012
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WEST HARRISON, Ind. – The University of Cincinnati football donned shoulder pads for the first time, putting together a spirited workout Friday afternoon at the Higher Ground Conference & Retreat Center in West Harrison, Ind.
Friday marked the first true contact for the Bearcats, who will practice in full pads on Sunday at the close of the NCAA mandated acclimatization process continues its five-day progression.
We had the uppers on for the first time today and we continue to progress,” Head Coach Butch Jones said. “We saw some good things but will continue to stress physicality. We are nowhere near where we need to be but overall I thought today was a good day.”
When asked about any true freshmen making an impact early in camp, Jones pointed out wide receivers Nate Cole (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell), Jeremy Graves (Cleveland, Ohio/Maple Hts.) and Braxton Lane (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) along with running back Dionte Buckley (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) and defensive backs Marcus Foster (Troy, Ohio/Troy) and Kevin Brown (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central). Buckley, Brown and Foster all enrolled at UC in January and participated in winter conditioning and spring football.
UC returns to the practice field Saturday for its fourth preseason workout.
LOOKING INTO THE NFL PRESEASON …
- WR Mardy Gilyard caught a 44-yard touchdown strike from Nick Foles in the third quarter of Philadelphia's 24-23 win over Pittsburgh ... Gilyard also returned one punt for 14 yards ... Monte Taylor had a tackle in his first NFL preseason game ... Jason Kelce started at center, Trent Cole played but did not start at DE and TE Brent Celek was inactive.
- LS Mike Windt saw action in San Diego's 21-13 win over Green Bay.
- DT Derek Wolfe had three tackles, two sacks and two quarterback hurries in Denver's 31-3 win over Chicago.
ROSTER ADDITION ...
- DL Carroll Phillips (Miami, Fla./Central) was in camp today after joining the Bearcats. The 6-3, 225 pounder originally signed with Cincinnati in Feb. of 2011. He is a true freshman with four years of eligibility remaining.
LOOKING AT THE NUMBERS ...
- Over the past five seasons, UC ranks among the Top-20 teams in the country in terms of average Bowl Championship Series rankings.
- Brett McMurphy at CBSSports.com recently broke down the top teams in the BCS standings over the last five years.
- McMurphy gave each team a point ranking depending on where they finished: 25 for 1st, 24, for 2nd, etc.
- UC ended up ranked No. 16 based off of a 22nd place finish in 2007, 12th in 2008 and third in 2009.
- During that span, UC has won three BIG EAST Conference titles, played in two BCS bowl games and made two other bowl trips while racking up four 10-win seasons.
- UC was the only BIG EAST Conference program ranked and finished ahead of Arkansas (19th), West Virginia (t-20th), Michigan State (22nd) and Auburn (25th).
CLASS OF THE BIG EAST? ...
- Cincinnati is the only BIG EAST Conference program with more than one double-digit win season over the last five years, with the Bearcats racking up four 10-win campaigns.
- The Bearcats have won 55 games over the last six years, also the most among current members of the Big East.
- The rest, in order: Rutgers (49), South Florida (47), Pittsburgh (44), Connecticut (42), Louisville (41), Temple (36) and Syracuse (26).
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