Junior Shines in Scrimmage

E.J. Junior is back where he belongs and proved his worth during the teams second scrimmage of the spring. Bearcat Insider spoke with Junior following his big day.

After redshirting his freshman year and not receiving much playing time in his second season as a Bearcat, running back E.J. Junior looks to get some playing time on the football field this upcoming season.

His performance during the second scrimmage of the season for the Bearcats shows the promise of being a viable option in the running game.

Junior is a local product from Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio and is beginning to feel more at home with the team and looks to expand his role. Junior is a downhill runner and hits the hole as hard as he can and it showed today.

Most recently at today's second scrimmage for the Bearcats, the offense, mainly the two quarterbacks Gunner Kiel and Jarred Evans, struggled mightily through the two-hour session. But Junior was one of the bright spots for the offense as he racked up almost 120 yards rushing on bursts of 21 yards, 33 yards, and 48 yards.

As a senior at Middletown High, Junior rushed for 859 yards and 11 touchdowns tallied a 30-5 record his prep career with the Middies. In today's scrimmage, two of Junior's three long runs on the day came on third down, including one when he spun and fell on one of his teammates and ran the rest of the way for 33 yards.

Insider caught up with Junior after practice to talk about his impressive day on the field and his goals on the upcoming season. He was asked about what changed in his performance from the first scrimmage earlier this offseason to his performance.

"Enthusiasm," Junior said. "You just have to go into the mindset of being excited about being in this kind of situation and go out there and do your best out there. Sometimes, you just get into that zone and no one can snap you out of it. But a lot of that has to be thanks to my teammates as well."

Junior played a lot of the fullback position while at Middletown High and achieved much success for it. When asked about switching to running back full-time, he was more than comfortable with the move.

"I have no issues with it at all. I'm used to the position and I was pretty successful at it," Junior said. "I just want to help my team win games and hopefully bring a championship to Cincinnati."

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