Tuberville Looking to Turn Up the Heat

While players were getting a good sweat built up during Saturday's practice at Camp Higher Ground, Bearcats head coach Tommy Tuberville was looking to turn up the heat.

Saturday found the Cincinnati Bearcats in full pads and working hard during their final acclimatization day before getting things going for real on Sunday.

For head coach Tommy Tuberville thoughts of Purdue are already circling in his head and he's looking to turn up the heat on and off the field.

"Good start," said Tuberville about the Bearcats first full day at Camp Higher Ground. "I thought the guys handled yesterday pretty good. We had a lot of meetings and a lot of goals set and everything we want to get done in the next 14 days.

"This was a good start as we have a lot of guys not quite use to full pads. It doesn't seem like a big deal but it is because they have stuff all the way down to their ankles now and it takes a lot more liquids out of you.

But these guys have hydrated pretty good as we've been harping on them to carry a gallon of water around with them and drinking it all the time and the food out here is awesome. Food and water keeps them from dehydrating. We had a couple go down today with dehydration but that is part of it. We've got a lot of thin guys out here and they lose it pretty quick. We do the cold tubs and all the things we can do to keep them out here, but we've got to have everybody out here we can to get reps to get better."

Wasting little time, Tuberville is looking forward to Sunday's work as the he's got a full day planned for his team.

"Tomorrow we'll come out and have us a scrimmage," he said. "I don't know how many plays yet. We'll just have to look and see as we'll have officials here. We need to find some area of where we're at especially on defense in terms of playing in a game situation. But we'll have some practice to go along with it.

"Other than that there's not a lot to say about any of the players. We did lose Lindsay Crook, they operated on him. He was out here today and it's amazing how operations are now. Operated on one day out here the next."

Crook is not the only Bearcat lost for the season and Tuberville knows he can't afford to have too many go down early.

"Kyle Williamson we'll operate on him Monday," said the head coach. "Offensive lineman, young freshman. Unfortunately he banged it up last week and we'll get it fixed and have him ready for spring ball. But we can't afford too many more of those; unfortunately you usually have a couple at the beginning because everybody is so aggressive. But maybe we can have a little luck and stay healthy."

Early in his first experience at the Bearcats home away from home, Tuberville is already seeing the benefits of taking his team to Camp Higher Ground.

"Everything is compact and it's nothing but football 24-hours a day," he said. "We can get our hands on them and we know when they are going to bed, what their eating, how much their eating, be around treatments.

"You know, if you are back at the university they don't have time to go back home. They have to sleep on the floors and stuff, here they can go back to the room get stretched out and relaxed a little bit before they go to meetings.

"So I really like it and I think it's an advantage. It's a really big advantage to build unity and a team atmosphere, so it will be a good two weeks and I think we'll find out a lot about these guys because it's going to be all football."

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