Dress Rehearsal Over for Bearcats

Tuesday found Bearcats head coach Tommy Tuberville excited that his team was in their final days without shoulder pads meaning dress rehearsal is official over for the 2013 Bearcats.

There is one thing members of the media are sure to find when covering a Tommy Tuberville practice and that is a coach willing to smile and try to make you laugh.

For Tuberville, Tuesday gave him another opportunity to work his southern charm after the Bearcats finished their daily practice.

"You know what; our day was pretty good even though we still don't have pads on," Tuberville said with a grin. "It's kind of a dress rehearsal for the last couple of days, but I think it will start coming together a little bit more tomorrow with shoulder pads on. There is not a whole lot we can do other than a few mental things without pads on and you really worry about getting somebody hurt."

While the Bearcats first-year head coach was seen checking out every station during the day, his comments at the end of the day showed he was looking at one position in-depth throughout the day.

"It was good as I watched tight ends today," he said. "I think we're going to be fine at that position. Jake Golic coming in there is going to give us a little bit more size and I think he's got real good hands as he caught some balls today.

"I'm pretty impressed with all the tight ends, so it will be a big part of what we're going to do. But it's going to depend on how we stay healthy going through two-a-days and how far along we come. But we got some guys I think that can play that position."

After running the early part of practice at the Sheakley Athletics Center, the Bearcats moved over to the stadium to work on their new turf field. When asked about any concerns on the new turf, Tuberville showed his ability to have some fun.

"It's a little soft, but we've got to start getting water on it," said Tuberville. "We've got to get rain. Every place I've been when you get a new turf, you've got to be putting water on it every day. But for some reason our facility guy is out of town on vacation. So we're going to throw him underneath the bus (with a laugh) and I'm going to get out here in one of those little rain trains out here in the middle and just kind of go slowly around and around and take a picture and send it to him."

While Tuberville was having fun with the moment, he also feels by the time the Bearcats take the field against Purdue things should be fine.

"Its a little concern but that is why we're out here," he said. "We're trying to pack it down and we've got some high school games on it before we play. We'll come out here a few more times, but I wanted to bring our guys out here so they wouldn't be surprised the first time we come out here in full pads and possibly doing a scrimmage. It's good, it's just a little soft and plays a little slow. But we'll see what happens."

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