Aug. 17, 2014
Venue: Paul Brown Stadium
Gear: Full Pads
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football team broke camp for the day Sunday, returning to the city for a two-hour scrimmage at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Bearcats will make PBS their home field in 2014 due to the $86-million Nippert Stadium Renovation & Expansion Project. The scrimmage featured all three phases of the game with UC working in first, second, third and fourth team reps. The team ran just over 150 plays in its first live action.
"It was a good day," Head Coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We've got some guys beat up a little bit, but no serious injuries. Good week of camp for the first week. We are going to give them the night off and we will start back in the morning."
The offense got the better of the defense, putting together several solid drives and connecting on a handful of balls downfield.
"I was impressed with the offense," Tuberville said. "Little bit disappointed in our defense. We competed, but our first and second team offense moved the ball pretty good today. We didn't hold the defense back. That's good watching the execution of our offense, but it means we've got some work to do defensively. All the quarterbacks did pretty good. We threw the ball around pretty well and we ran the ball well. Our kicking game was pretty solid. The only short-sided part of today was defensively we didn't make a lot of plays in certain situations."
One ongoing question is when Tuberville will name a starting QB as the battle for the spot continues between Jarred Evans (Queens, N.Y./West High/Santa Barbara CC), Gunner Kiel (Columbus, Ind./East/Notre Dame) and Munchie Legaux (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr). The Bearcats second-year head coach says a decision is coming in the near future.
"We will name a starter about 7-10 days from now," Tuberville said. "We will watch the film, see who made the best reads, who did the best job of executing, who made the right checks, who ran the offense the best. We will keep looking at everyone. We have got a lot of choices. I thought all of them did a good job today."
News & Notes: Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Jason Campbell were on hand for parts of the scrimmage ... Campbell was a three-year starter for Tuberville at Auburn from 2002-04 ... offensive coordinator Eddie Gran, safeties coach Jeff Koonz and strength and conditioning coach Joe Walker were also on the Auburn staff during that span... the Bearcats received 15 votes in the preaseason Associated Press poll.
Next Up: The team will return to the Higher Ground Conference & Retreat Center Monday morning with team photo day on the agenda. The Bearcats return to the practice field for two workouts on Tuesday.