Their is no doubt that a team's success in the regular season starts on the practice field. This Bearcats football team is striving for its fifth league championship in six seasons. This is no easy task but this years team seems focused to get the job done even if there might be mental lapses at times. "Still a lot of mental mistakes. You know were pushing them hard, been out here a long time," Tuberville says. "The big thing about it is when eleven guys play they all have to do something right. Were still working on that team concept and I saw some good progress today."
Many players are learning new systems for the first time and it certainly takes time to get use to. The offense, with Brandon Kay back on the practice field, were tested by the defense as several new blitz packages were thrown there way with little time to adjust. Both sides of the football have been battling and you can tell they are getting tired of hitting each other as game day approaches.
"Things are getting a little more edgy", Tuberville said with a smile. "Getting tired of hitting each other, but you know that's part of." There were several occasions where guys were getting frustrated with each other but thats football. This team seems to be getting stronger every week and in part its because of the competitive nature of this football team. When you see guys get chippy you know thats the sign of a team that wants to win.
I think the biggest thing you take away from practice today is guys are hungry. The energy level was sky high with senior players like Jordan Luallen and Deven Drane being vocal with their teammates. People always talk about leadership being key to a team's success and the Bearcats seem to have that ingredient. Towards the end of practice Coach Tuberville challenged kicker Tony Milano to a high pressure kick. With his teammates around him the Bearcats junior foot specialist put one right down broadway causing a celebration huddle with the entire football team.
Coach Tuberville says the team will start to prepare for Purdue tomorrow and dedicate at least 25% of its practice to their game plan. He looks forward to seeing progress from his football team. With August 31 quickly approaching the Bearcats continue to improve and strive for greatness.