BCI Practice Report

BearcatInsider spent the day at first practice of the 2011 season, and has some observations.

Cincinnati – The first day of practice didn't show a lot, but BearcatInsider.com has a little to report for Cincinnati fans from Nippert Stadium.

BACK-UP QUARTERBACK RACE

It looks like a two-horse race with Munchie Legaux holding a slight edge over Jordan Luallen. In the skelly and team session, Legaux completed three of his seven passes, while Luallen was 2-for-5. However, Butch Jones added Brendon Kay is healthy and is in the race. Kay took two reps in the skelly session, completing both of his passes although one was to the defense.

Reuben Johnson

Injuries have slowed down the cornerback, but he is expected to make contributions to the UC defense.

LINEBACKER SITUATION

Maryland transfer Ben Pooler took snaps with the first team defense Monday. Pooler, who graduated from Maryland, should be immediately eligible for his senior season. Pooler played in 12 games, starting five in 2009. He was beset with knee injuries throughout his career, and missed all but one game in 2008 because of a knee injury, and suffered a torn ACL in preseason practice last season.

OTHER OBSERVATIONS • In the skelly and team sessions, Collaros completed 10 of his 16 attempts – including six of seven in team.

• Pat O'Donnell showed a strong leg in his punting sessions.

• I thought freshman Ralph David Abernathy looked good in the skelly and team sessions. He showed quickness off the line and soft hands.

D.J. Woods, in his two reps of one on ones, blew by both his defenders from long receptions.

UNOFFICIAL DEPTH CHART We know it's only the first day of practice and NOTHING is set in stone, but BearcatInsider can give you an idea of Cincinnati's two-deep.

QB – Zach Collaros, Munchie Legaux/Jordan Luallen

RB – Isaiah Pead, Jameel Poteet (took snaps with the first team)

WR – Kenbrell Thompkins, Dyjuan Lewis

WR – D.J. Woods, O.J. Woodard, Bruce Horner

WR – Anthony McClung, Shaq Washington

TE – Travis Kelce, Adrien Robinson

T- Sean Hooey, Kevin Schloemer

G – Austen Bujnoch, Andre Cureton

C – Evan Davis, Dan Sprague

G – Randy Martinez, Sean McClellan

T – Alex Hoffman, Parker Ehinger

Defense

E – Dan Giordano

T – Derek Wolfe

T- John Hughes

E – Walter Stewart

LB – Ben Pooler, Corey Mason

LB – J.K. Schaffer, Soloman Tentman/Dwight Jackson

LB – Maalik Bomar, Nick Temple

CB – Devan Drane, Dominique Battle

CB – Camerron Cheatham, Adrian Witty

S – Wesley Richardson, Pat Lambert/Malcolm Murray

S – Drew Frey, Arryn Chenault


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