Football Begins Preparations For AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Senior All-America DT Derek Wolfe

Dec. 10, 2011

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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football team returned to the practice field Saturday to begin preparations for the 53rd AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Vanderbilt University on Dec. 31, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. ET in Memphis, Tenn.

The Bearcats worked out for around 90 minutes in full pads inside the Sheakley Athletics Center. UC will continue practicing on campus ahead of departing for Memphis on Dec. 26.

Earlier this week, eight UC student-athletes were named to the All-BIG EAST teams, including Offensive Player of the Year Isaiah Pead, Co-Defensive Player of the Year Derek Wolfe and Coach of the Year Butch Jones. Wolfe was also named a Second-Team All-American by Yahoo! Sports.

Jones guided the Bearcats to their third conference championship in four years, led the team back to a bowl game after a 1-year hiatus and helped the program more than double its win total of a year ago. He earned his third conference championship as a head coach (2007, 2009 at Central Michigan, 2011 at Cincinnati) and his 40th career victory in the season finale against Connecticut.

Pead, Wolfe, Drew Frey (DB), Randy Martinez (OG), Pat O'Donnell (P) and JK Schaffer (LB) were first team honorees. Zach Collaros (QB) and Alex Hoffman (OT) were named to the second team.

UC will be making its 13th appearance in a postseason bowl, including its fifth in the last six seasons. This is the Bearcats first appearance in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

Tickets for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl are on sale now at and are priced at $50. Fans that do not purchase online can call 1-877-CATS-TIX or visit the Athletics Ticket Office on the fourth floor of the Richard E. Lindner Center in Varsity Village.

UC is asking fans who cannot attend the Liberty Bowl to participate in the ONE TEAM, ONE TICKET promotion and order at least one ticket which will be utilized by the UC Bearcat Band, the UC Spirit Squads, and students taking the Student Bus Trip. Order your bowl tickets to help the cause online at
For further information on the Bearcats' trip to the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, please visit bowl central at Some of the information available includes: travel packages with Provident Travel, important dates and deadlines, ticket details and general bowl information.