Aug. 23, 2010
WEST HARRISON, Ind. -
The University of Cincinnati football team returned to the practice field Monday, getting in a two-hour workout at the Higher Ground Conference and Retreat Center in West Harrison, Ind.
UC started its installation of the Fresno State gameplan as both offense and defensive units worked with their opposing scout teams for the first time.
The Bearcat package, UC's version of the Wildcat formation, made its return today with the combo of John Goebel, Isaiah Pead, and Darrin Williams in the backfield and quarterback Zach Collaros lined up at wide receiver. Pead showcased a pretty good throwing arm, something head coach Butch Jones would like to take advantage of during the seasson.
I'd like to try and get those three on the field at the same time," Jones said. "It gives us a number of weapons and a different dynamic offensively. We will see if we can find a place to use it this season."
The end of practice featured a physical goalline scrimmage that featured some three and four tight end sets.
Head women's basketball coach Jamelle Elliott observed practice and later ate dinner with the team. Dr. Terren Frenz, director of the Bearcats Bands, also joined the team for dinner and was scheduled to help teach the team the fight song at their evening meeting.
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The Bearcats return to the practice field Tuesday, 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.
UC will host a public season kickoff event at Dave & Buster's Tri-County location on Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 7-8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Head coach Butch Jones, select football student athletes, and members of the football staff will be on hand to address the crowd and sign autographs. The UC spirit squad and Bearcat mascot will also be in attendance to greet fans, while the Bearcat Caravan will be on site with great giveaways for UC fans. Dave and Busters Tri-County location (1775 Commons Drive, Springdale, Ohio, 45246 (513) 671-5501) has served as the preferred away-game watch party location throughout the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
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.