Ehinger Following Example Set For Him

For Parker Ehinger the final months of his Cincinnati football career is about playing the best football he possibly can and following the example former teammates set for him when he first walked on campus.

Spring football is a time for change and for Cincinnati offensive lineman Parker Ehinger a new set of challenges were placed in front of him prior to the start of the Bearcats spring ball sessions.

How has the spring been so far for the Rockford, Michigan native?

“It’s been going good so far,” said Ehinger. “A lot of guys have been doing well and we’re coming together as an offensive line. It’s been about developing the young guys. The first team offensive line we’ve been doing really well and communicating well as a lot of us have played together for a couple of years. So we’re working to get a couple of the junior college guys to go along for the ride with us.”

In the final spring practices as a college student athlete, Ehinger knows this has been the most comfortable he’s ever been since arriving on campus.

“This has become second nature going out and doing it (spring football) now,” he said. “Playing four years of college football you come back each year and work on technique. It gets easier and easier every year and then you become a season veteran and look to coach up the young guys.”

Only a few years ago Ehinger was one of those young guys and still remembers those who took him under their wing.

“It’s hard to believe my last spring ball practice is about here,” he said. “It’s gone fast and I can still remember walking on campus and being taught by guys like Sean Hooey and Alex Hoffman. They were the guys that led the way for me and helped me get to where I’m at now. So I’m trying to do the same for some of the younger guys now.”

Looking back Ehinger knows he’s experienced a lot of great memories he’ll take with him following his career as a Bearcat.

“I lot stands out for me as we’ve had some good teams; we’ve had some great teams,” he said. “The first year I was here I redshirted and that was a good learning experience for me. Coach (Butch) Jones and his staff we’re a great staff and I really liked Coach (Don) Mahoney a lot.

“Coach Mahoney was a great coach for me and helped me get to where I’m at today. We won the Big East championship my first year here and the second year. Thankfully, I was able to play as a redshirt freshman and have a chance to experience that. Since then we’ve just been working to get back to that point and winning a share of a championship last season was great.”

Personally Ehinger came in with some set goals to make sure he’s ready for his final season wearing the red and black.

“I’ve been working to get back into the routine of playing tackle,” he explained. “Last year I played guard and I’ve already played right tackle. However, this season I’m going to be at left tackle. So I’ve been working on being comfortable in an up stance and working on my foot speed as you’ve got to have quicker feet playing tackle. So I’ve worked to be comfortable with my kick sets and run blocking out of that stance. So basically I’ve worked on my footwork as much as possible.”

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