Football Breaks Preseason Camp At Higher Ground Saturday|
Aug. 16, 2008
WEST HARRISON, Ind. - The University of Cincinnati football team broke training camp Saturday with a two-hour workout under sunny skies at Higher Ground Conference Center.
The Bearcats worked through individual and position drills, getting in some special teams sessions before closing things out with a 50-play scrimmage. Much of UC's first team was on the sidelines for the scrimmage, giving the younger players and newcomers a chance to be evaluated.
"I think the players had leaving camp on their mind," head coach Brian Kelly said. "We got a little sloppy out there, but they're a good group, they understand they need to pick up their intensity."
The defense looked solid throughout, but the offense had several good moments as well despite struggling with its execution.
Mike Mickens ran back an interception for a touchdown on the first series of the scrimmage. Aaron Webster also had an interception along with a sack, Derek Wolfe had a fumble recovery while Curtis Young (2), John Hughes (1) and Walter Stewart (1) also had sacks.
Tony Pike had a seven-yard touchdown scamper to close out an 11-play scoring drive. The running game was effective as well with Jacob Ramsey and John Goebel each posting solid rushing numbers in brief appearances.
Two passing highlights came from quarterbacks Demetrius Jones and Zach Collaros. Jones found Armon Binns in one-on-one coverage for a 57 yard touchdown while Collaros connected with Charley Howard on a 62-yard touchdown strike.
Kelly will be looking for more consistency from his offensive unit as the season opener moves closer.
"At times we look good and at times we're inconsistent," Kelly said. "Part of that is because we're playing against a very good defense every day. We've had some guys banged up and we haven't goten to the level where the entire unit is progressing on a consistent basis. If we were clicking on all cylinders right now, I'd be a little worried that our defense is not in as good of shape as it should be, which is not the case. We've got great depth on defense. We've got marquee players on the perimeter and more importantly a lot of guys who have played a lot of football games."
The Bearcats, who returned to campus Saturday afternoon, will take off Sunday and Monday, returning to the practice field from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday at Nippert Stadium to begin final preparations for the season.
UC opens the 2008 season on Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. against Eastern Kentucky in Nippert Stadium. For tickets and information, call 1-877-CATS-TIX or log on to www.CATSTIX.com.