BCI Practice Report: Day three

Kicking game shaky as Jones open up the competition.

CINCINNATI – It was the second day of split practices at Nippert Stadium and the third practice for the Cincinnati Bearcats. Unfortunately, the kicking game didn't shine through as at a time in practice head coach Butch Jones declared the kicking and long snapper job wide open.

"The kicking game was unacceptable," said Jones. "We need to find a kicker in this process. Right now, there are no favorites. To be a great kicker, you need have to be mentally tough and I have not seen it. We will continue to work Danny Milligan in, but after today it's wide open."

Redshirt freshman Tony Miliano was 1-for-5, converting only a 40-yarder in the field goal session, while senior transfer Shane Popham was only slightly better. The former CovCath kicker was 2-for-5, making a 30- and 40-yarder.

In addition to the kicking woes, long snapper Tom DeTemple has his position questioned when Jones barked out, ‘the long snapper job is open, 2.06 is why (the kicked) was blocked.'

BATTLE FOR BACK-UP

Munchie Legaux did what he was supposed to do against the non-starters in the second practice. He completed all five of his passes in the 2-on-3 session. He converted half of his third and six attempts in skelly, completing three of four passing. The offense struggled in the third down conversion period, going just two for eight.

Jordan Luallen, who practiced in the first session with the first two strings, was converted just one of eight in the third down skelly period and one for three in the third down team period.

Notables in the second practice: Munchie Legaux, Ben Pooler, Brendan Kay

Other practice notes

• Tight end Travis Kelce injured his shoulder during the first inside run session, while linebacker Soloman Tentman also appeared to suffer a leg injury. Cramping was a constant problem during practice as well.

• Freshman receiver Chris Moore made a couple outstanding catches and was seemingly running past every defender trying to cover him.

• Coach Jones lamented the small things several times in practice, forcing several players to return to the field and sprint off from the hashes.

Zach Collaros looked good throwing the ball, completing seven of his 11 passes in the third down periods.

Reuben Johnson looks to have the nickel back position locked up as the coaching staff is trying to limit his snaps.

• The second/third offensive line unit struggled in blitz pick-up, not picking up the blitz in five attempts.

• In the first down session, the team ran the ball well. The offensive line was able to get a push and seal the edges a couple of times.


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