Aug. 19, 2014
Venue: Higher Ground Conference & Retreat Center
Gear: Full Pads (1)/Shells (2)
WEST HARRISON, IND. - The University of Cincinnati football team returned to the practice field Tuesday, putting in a pair of workouts at the Higher Ground Conference & Retreat Center in West Harrison, Ind.
The Bearcats worked out for almost two hours in the morning, adding a 45-minute period in the evening. The cool weather of late last week was long gone, with temperatures in the upper 80's with sunshine and humidity.
"Two-a-days, that's what I'm talking about," Head Coach Tommy Tuberville said after the morning practice. "We need this. We had a hot day and we are going to come back this afternoon and get some more of it. We needed to find out where we were at. Some guys spit the bit, but most of the older guys made it. We've got a lot of the younger guys looking for their car keys but we threw them away. They are here for the duration."
Tuberville went on to say the Bearcats got a lot of work done in the morning, moving away from individual periods and focusing more on team periods while still working on individual technique.
"I am really liking the running backs," Tuberville said. "Tion (Green) has a little bruised shoulder, but Rod Moore is doing well. Hosey Williams is doing great. Our tight ends (Jake) Golic and (DJ) Dowdy, I think they are really going to help us. We have a lot of options obviously at wide receiver. Defensively, we got a lot of good reps. Jeremy Graves is playing safety, he's got to come through for us. He's getting better and better every day."
Green, Moore and Williams have been locked in a three-way battle for the running back job since the start of training camp. Golic, a Notre Dame transfer, received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA late in the spring. He had joined the Bearcats a year ago as a graduate transfer, but was unable to finish camp due to an injury. He underwent a stem cell procedure on his back, rehabbed and is now healthy and contributing. Dowdy saw some time at tight end and on special teams a year ago. Graves, a junior, converted from wide receiver to safety over the summer.
UC put in some heavy special team reps in the evening practice. Tuberville said kicker Andrew Gantz (Dayton, Ohio/Centerville) and punter Sam Geraci (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) were running with the ones currently, and Tony Miliano (North Bend, Ohio/Elder) was handling kickoffs, but all jobs were still open.
"We will be competing all year long," Tuberville said. "We are going to be better in the kicking game this year. The depth chart could change after this scrimmage and it could change after the first game. Kickers are like the wind and my golf game, up and down and sideways."
Quote of the Day:
"Someone turn the air conditioning on out here!" Coach Tuberville after hearing the turf temperature was 125 degrees during the morning practice.News & Notes:
UC had almost 200 members of the 1200 Club at Higher Ground for the evening practice and a team dinner ... the 1200 Club provides non-budgeted support for the football team to assist in facility upgrades and day-to-day operations of the program ... "We are glad you're here," Tuberville said. "This is a group who does so much for our program. We couldn't do it without you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you." Highlights: Max Morrison
(Kenton, Ohio/Kenton) had a leaping TD grab in the end zone during a team period this morning ... Kevin Brown
(Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) intercepted a pass of a deflection in the morning red zone period ... In the evening, Mekale McKay
(Louisville, Ky./Moore/Arkansas) opened up skeleton with a nice TD grab ... Johnny Holton
(Miami, Fla./Coconut Grove/College of Dupage) had two leaping scoring receptions ... Casey Gladney
(Columbia, S.C./Columbia/Copiah Lincoln CC) hauled in a TD catch in the back of the end zone to close things out.Next Up:
The Bearcats will hold a single workout Wednesday ahead of their final two-a-day session of training camp Thursday.