Improvement Seen by Tuberville

A quick switch from Camp Higher Ground to Nippert Stadium followed what head coach Tommy Tuberville called a good scrimmage. What else did the Bearcats head coach had to say about the day's events.

Taking the new field turf in Nippert Stadium for the first time in full pads gave those in attendance a better look at what is being build under first year head coach Tommy Tuberville.

"I thought it was a good scrimmage," said the head coach. "We looked much better than we did our first scrimmage. We're getting better and that is the reason you practice and reason you scrimmage."

While happy with the outcome of the day, Tuberville knows he's pushing his team hard as they get ready later next week for their season opener against Purdue.

"These guys legs are tired and worn out and I've got my money's worth this week out of them and we're going to get it again next week," stressed Tuberville. "We've got a lot of work to do in every area, we're still looking for a two-deep and we'll work a lot on special teams next week and go all the way until Wednesday working against each other.

"Starting Thursday we'll start game planning for Purdue. We've got to put a lot of effort into a lot of things. We'll learn from the film, I guess about 130 snaps which was a little bit more than I wanted to go, but we needed to look at a few different things."

As for the bright spots the ball coach found several to talk about.

"The kicking game was good today," he said. "I thought the offense started slow but ended up much better. Defensively we tackled better than we did the first time out.

"We're starting to get a little bit of an identity on defense and that is what we've got to have. We've got to have some big play guys and Greg Blair played really well and losing that weight helped him. He's moving around a lot better and making plays in the open field.

"Our defensive line, we moved (Brandon) Mitchell into first team, Mitchell and (Jordan) Stepp are first team tackles as we speak. Now we'll look at film and we might make a change tomorrow."

One area up in the air recently has become quarterback as projected started Brendon Kay took limited reps again.

"Unfortunately today, Brendon came out and was sore," said Tuberville. "His shoulder was stiff so I guess we've been throwing too much so he didn't get enough reps. So we'll wait a couple more days and see how that does.

"Munchi (Legaux) did a pretty good job, he's got do a little bit better getting the ball down the field, deep ball, throw a little more accurate across the middle. But it's going to be close; it's going to be a lot closer than what people think.

"We'll see what happens with Brendon, see when he can come back. If he can't come back soon, then we'll make Munchie our starting quarterback because we've got to start game planning here in a few days."

While still waiting to see someone step up and grab the lead at running back, Tuberville stressed there is more to the story and had no problem say the position along with others will be by committee.

"It's by committee," Tuberville said about the running backs. "They don't have any legs and this turf is slow, it's like running in sand. We've got to get it packed a little better but it will get packed in a couple weeks and we're going to start throwing water on it. It's a lot different than what we've been practicing on at Higher Ground. A lot of guys will play. I'm looking for 50-60 guys that we can line up and we can trust to know what to do and get the job done."


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