Football Closes Out Higher Ground With A Friday Practice
Aug. 22, 2014

Venue: Higher Ground Conference & Retreat Center
Gear: Full Pads

WEST HARRISON, IND. – The University of Cincinnati football team closed out a two-week stay at the Higher Ground Conference & Retreat Center in West Harrison, Ind. with a two-hour workout Friday morning.

The Bearcats worked out in humid and muggy conditions with rain on and off through practice. UC will return to the city Saturday, scrimmaging at Paul Brown Stadium before returning to campus in the afternoon after two weeks in West Harrison.

“It has gone well,” Head Coach Tommy Tuberville said. “Unfortunately, we had some early injuries and a couple of surgeries. The guys have worked hard though. It’s tough to come out here and totally be away from everything and focus for 14 days but they have done a good job of it. We’ve gotten good leadership. Our seniors have done a good job. We have to keep putting the touches on what we are doing as we have a lot of room for improvement.”

WR Tshumbi Johnson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) and RB Rob Rice (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) were lost to season-ending knee injuries early in camp.

Tuberville went on to talk about what is next for the 2104 Bearcats.

“We play three weeks from tonight,” Tuberville said. “Next week is going to be a very hard week and then we will start to do some game planning as we go along.”

Looking towards Saturday’s scrimmage, the focus will again be on technique and gaining game experience.

“Scrimmages are for everyone,” Tuberville said. “Obviously for us right now, they are for our inexperienced guys, our quarterbacks, our kicking game. The big thing is we are still working on technique and trying to get ready for the things we are going to do all year.”

Seven student-athletes on this year's roster transferred to UC from other institutions. Watch the feature below to hear why Jeremy Dollin (Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill/Virginia), Jake Golic (W. Hartford, Conn./NW Catholic/Notre Dame), Gunner Kiel (Columbus, Ind./East/Notre Dame), Jeff Luc (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Treasure Coast/Florida State), Mekale McKay (Louisville, Ky./Moore/Arkansas), Chris Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter/Arkansas) and Eric Wilson (Redford, Mich./Thurston/Northwestern) chose to come to Cincinnati.

Quote of the Day: "We’ve made a new flavor here, we are calling it Bearcats Blood.” Tuberville on the flavor of a Lindsey's Shaved Ice Snow Cone after practice Friday.

News & Notes: UC has moved its Dave & Buster’s Preseason Kickoff Event to Sunday, Aug. 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Highlights: Ralph David Abernathy IV (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster School) had a strong sideline catch downfield during team period … DJ Dowdy (Akron, Ohio/North) made a full-extension catch over the middle during 7-on-7 … Chris Moore (Tampa, Fla./Thomas Jefferson) had a nice grab on a deep ball down the sideline from QB Munchie Legaux (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr).

Next Up: The Bearcats will scrimmage at Paul Brown Stadium Saturday before breaking camp ahead of the start of fall classes at UC on Monday, Aug. 25.