Beanie Bowl observations

Although Beanie Bowl wasn't any more than a glorified walk through, you could still make some assessments.

Cincinnati – After attending the no stone left unturned practice, called the Beanie Bowl, BearcatInsider came away with several with some possible insights on a couple position battles as Cincinnati officially ended training camp.

Although Beanie Bowl wasn't any more than a glorified walk through, you could still make some assessments.


A lot was talking about the possibility of running back Isaiah Pead returning kicks for Cincinnati this season. However, it appears as freshman Ralph David Abernathy will get the first chance at returning kicks, while D.J. Woods will be returning punts.


Head coach Butch Jones announced that he will announce his starting kicker sometime Saturday after his coaches had a chance to look over all of the stats and film from training camp. Tony Miliano appeared to have the upper hand, handling the kicking duties during the Beanie Bowl.


I think this is the one position where a two-deep is very over rated. Simply because the Bearcats will probably use six to eight receivers during the game based on how many different formation groups they run out there. The following receivers appeared during the Beanie Bowl, Kenbrell Thompkins, D.J. Woods, Shaq Washington, Anthony McClung, Dyjuan Lewis, Ralph David Abernathy, Alex Chisum and Danny Milligan. Freshman sensation Chris Moore, who was turning heads and appeared to have a spot in the rotation, will be out four to six weeks with an injury.


Junior Monte Taylor, sophomore Jordan Stepp and junior Brandon Mills will be a part of the defensive line rotation, joining starters Dan Giordano, John Hughes, Derek Wolfe and Walter Stewart.


The battle for the starting cornerback position opposite Camerron Cheatham barring any chances will be Dominique Battle, while Devan Drane will also see plenty of action at both cornerback positions. Sophomore Arryn Chenault will be the back-up free safety behind Drew Frey, while Malcolm Murray and Pat Lambert continue to be locked in a competition to back up Wesley Richardson at the other safety position.


The only starting linebacker position up for grabs was claimed early and held onto by transfer Ben Pooler. The senior transferred from Maryland after receiving his undergraduate degree.


Sophomore Munchie Legaux was the only other quarterback to appear for the black team during Beanie Bowl. It has all of the makings of Legaux being the second string quarterback. However, Jones mentioned in his post-practice conference, that the back-up position could be fluid and that both players – Legaux and Jordan Luallen – would see action during the season based on opponent and situation.

"They both have their strengths," Jones added.


The first chance at guard will go to Austen Bujnoch, while should Evan Davis go down sophomore Dan Sprague will be second string center.

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