Aug. 21, 2010
WEST HARRISON, Ind. -
The University of Cincinnati football team held a 20-period practice Saturday, including extensive situatlional scrimmaging at the Higher Ground Conference and Retreat Center in West Harrison, Ind.
The second- and third-team student-athletes saw the majority of the action on the day as the coaches are starting to pare down to the travel list for the 2010 season opener at Fresno State on Sept. 4, 2010.
It was family day at Higher Ground. Players families were on hand to view practice and enjoyed dinner with the team after thet wo-hour workout.
"It was great to see all the families out here for practice and dinner," head coach Butch Jones said. "They are such an important part of what we do here and we were glad to welcome them in to our preseason home. On today's practice, our 2s and 3s got a lot of quality reps. We will go back and grade the film and know more tonight. On another note, freshmen Adrian Witty was the first newcomer to have the stripe removed from his helmet by his big brother."
Witty, a defensive back out of Deerfield Beach, Fla., joined the team in January and has put together a solid camp, working his way into the rotation on the 2-deep. Under the big brother program, each newcomer is assigned an upperclassmen as his big brother. The big brother serves as a mentor and decides when his little brother loses the white stripe on his helmet.
Check out www.CoachButchJones.com for an inside look at the UC program through training camp and 365 days a year.
UC will take part in Meet the Team Day Sunday at Kings Island and will not practice. The Bearcats return to the practice field Monday, wrapping up the final few days at Higher Ground.. UC is scheduled to return to campus on the morning of Aug. 26. All practices at Higher Ground are closed to the general public.
KINGS ISLAND MEET THE TEAM EVENT ON SUNDAY, AUG. 22 FROM 1-3 P.M.
On Sunday, Aug. 22, head coach Butch Jones and the two-time defending BIG EAST Champions will make the trek to Kings Island for their annual "Meet the Team Day."
Beginning at 12:45 pm, the team will walk down International Street and will take part in a program on the main stage underneath the Eiffel Tower. Following the short
program, student-athletes will take part in an autograph session until 3 p.m.
UC fans looking to attend the "Meet the Team" Days at Kings Island can purchase discounted tickets for $29.99 ($20 off the regular price) on the Kings Island website.
NOTE: Discounted tickets must be purchased online prior to the day of the event.
The Bearcats open the 2010 season on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Fresno State. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on ESPN2. UC will open the home schedule on Sept. 11 against Indiana State at noon inside Nippert Stadium. Call 1-877-CATS-TIX or visit CATSTIX.com to reserve your season tickets today.