Luc Knows Rivalry Games Bring Out The Best

After a big performance in the first game of the season, senior linebacker Jeff Luc knows you can’t take your rivals lightly as the Bearcats get ready to battle Miami Ohio for the Victory Bell.

Last week finally found Jeff Luc back to the position that made him one of the top recruits in the country coming out of Treasure Coast High School in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. The results, Luc led the Bearcats in tackles in their season opening win over Toledo.

“Finally I’m back home,” said Luc. “I haven’t played middle linebacker since high school and if you really think about it, I haven’t played a full game since high school. I’ve really wanted to get back to my natural position but I was just happy to be out there and I’m ready to compete as I’m back where I want to be in the middle.”

After watching others play for two weeks, Luc and his teammates finally got a chance to get on the field and hit some other color jerseys.

“It was a relief and felt like a whole bunch of weight came off our shoulders,” said Luc. “Especially that first play as you’ve been waiting and everybody has been talking about going 12-0. But as coach says, you can’t go 12-0 without winning the first one.”

Jeff stays busy with his daughter.

How did Luc feel about the game and effort of his teammates?

“I really liked the intensity as we came out pretty tough and it was tough for Toledo to match it,” he continued. “But Toledo is a very good team and they fought back and then in the third quarter we backed off a little bit and then had to come back in the fourth quarter.”

Saturday night the Bearcats take on longtime rival Miami Ohio. Luc knows you don’t take a rival lightly no matter what their record is.

“One thing about a rivalry game is you can’t underestimate your opponent,” stressed Luc. “A team can be 0-10 and when that rivalry game comes, that is there championship game. So you can’t sleep on any team, especially a rivalry team. So we have to come out shooting.”

What has Luc seen from Miami this season?

“I watched the Michigan game and the Marshall game,” he said. “They have some good athletes and have a transfer quarterback from Notre Dame that is really helping them out. So it should be a good game.”


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