There's No Place Like Home For Jeff Luc

Jeff Luc looking to have a big game at South Florida in front of friends and family.

The Cincinnati Bearcats head to Tampa Bay, Florida on Saturday to take on the Bulls of South Florida and no Bearcat is more excited than junior linebacker Jeff Luc.

The Port St. Lucie, Florida native will have plenty of friends and family attending the game on Saturday and it will be interesting to see how Luc performs. He was a big time recruit out of high school and decided to play at Florida State before transferring to UC. This is a road game for Cincinnati but the big linebacker knows their will be plenty of support for the Bearcats.

"I think my family alone might be the largest group of people at the game," Luc said with a smile. "It should be a nice environment for us."

Luc is big on family and has found a home in Cincinnati with his bearcat teammates. Recently, the bearcats lost a member of the bearcat family when freshman Ben Flick tragically died in an automobile accident. This has been extremely difficult for everyone involved at UC and Luc says faith has played a factor in helping to deal wit this difficult time.

"Our team is big on faith. Everybody is extremely big on faith and our faith just got that much stronger dealing with Ben and everything. You just have to pray and stay together."

The Bearcats will look to play big for Ben on Saturday and Luc knows it won't be easy. Although South Florida is 0-4 they did some good things against ranked opponent Miami (FL) last week and when your winless on the season, it almost makes you hungrier to get that first W of the year.

If Cincinnati wants to keep the Bulls winless the defense will have to play well again. The Bearcats last outing was against Miami (OH) where they posted a shutout on the road. Luc knows South Florida will be better but feels the Bearcat D can't get caught up on the opponent.

"We have to go out a play our game. It's not about them or what their doing," said Luc after practice. "We have to make sure we know what were doing, stay consistent and play physical."

Football is a physical game and the Bearcats will look to be the aggressor on Saturday. the hometown kid Jeff Luc plans on being a big part of that aggressive style as the Bearcats look to improve to 4-1 on the season. The game is set for 7 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.

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