Football In Pads For First Time Wednesday
Aug. 13, 2014

Venue: Higher Ground Conference & Retreat Center
Gear: Helmets & Shells

WEST HARRISON, IND. - The University of Cincinnati football team continued its preseason preparations Tuesday, working out for two hours under cool, cloudy skies at the Higher Ground Conference & Retreat Center in West Harrison, Ind.

It was a good first day in pads," Head Coach Tommy Tuberville said. "They're energetic and ready to hit somebody. We try to keep them off the ground as much as we can for the first few days because they get a little anxious, leave their feet and get somebody hurt." 

UC's second-year coach went on to single out the progress of the defense after three days.

"I thought the defense was starting to look real good," Tuberville said. "Really starting to look good in the secondary, better than we did in the spring. All of our safeties are coming on. I like the way our outside linebackers are playing. We are moving them in and out for different formations. 

"We will start full contact on Friday and have a good scrimmage Sunday, but we've got a lot of work to do between now and then."

Tuberville went on to mention that some of the young Bearcats have continued to show progress but there is still a long road before the first game. 

"We might have gone to pads for the first time today but we added a bunch of things we hadn't done yet," Tuberville said. "These young guys' heads are spinning a little bit. It will be a big mental test the next couple of days and then a big mental and physical test Sunday with our scrimmage at Paul Brown Stadium."


 

 

The defense picked up a few interceptions during team drills, but Tuberville said it is not a concern this early in camp. 

"We are throwing a lot at the quarterbacks and the defense isn't playing slow," Tuberville said. "It's not a big concern right now. Our quarterbacks all have a lot of work to do. I would rather the defense be ahead of the offense at this point in camp."

This is Tuberville and his staff's second trip to Higher Ground and he still feels strongly about how the facility benefits the team in their preparations. 

"This is a great place," Tuberville said. "It's very simple, it's not complicated to get around. Our meeting rooms are in the same place every day and the weather has really helped. This is something you need to build team camaraderie so it's not just a football team but a group of guys playing and fighting together."

The Bearcats are again at the forefront of the player safety movement, testing out a wireless player monitoring system with the United States Air Force. 

The equipment was first developed to monitor Special Forces soldiers during training to see how the human body reacted to various types of training in different weather conditions.

The system helps reduce the risk of student-athletes having a problem performing in the summer heat and humidity. Fifteen Bearcats are monitored during each practice, with the wireless system sending a number of measurables to a laptop just off the practice field, including heart rate and core temperature. 

Quote of the Day: "My knee is feeling fine." - QB Munchie Legaux on how is surgically repaired knee was feeling after the first day of contact. 

Highlights: Kevin Brown (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) has shown some good things through three practices, showing a good comfort level at linebacker after moving from safety during the 2013 season ... Max Morrison (Kenton, Ohio/Kenton) had a one-handed grab and a diving catch on the sideline in a two-minute span during 11-on-11 team drills ... Franklin Bruscianelli (Woodridge, Ill./Montini Catholic), Clemente Casseus (Miami, Fla./Everglades) and JJ Pinckney (Sylvania, Ohio/Southview) all had interceptions during team drills.

News & Notes: The Bearcats will play host to their annual fan kickoff event at Dave & Buster's Tri-County on Wednesday, Aug.20, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. ... the event, which features Coach Tuberville, selected players, the Bearcat Mascot, cheerleaders, and an autograph session is free and open to the public ... The voice of the Bearcats Dan Hoard spoke to K Tony Miliano (North Bend, Ohio/Elder) after UC's first practice ... read the whole story at: http://bit.ly/1racRQq

Next Up: UC has the fourth of five NCAA mandated acclimatization days Thursday. The Bearcats will wear shoulder pads for their afternoon practice.