After solid freshman and sophomore seasons center Deyshawn Bond knows his game is not a finished product. One of the leaders of Cincinnati's offensive line that ranked in the top five in four offensive categories in the American Athletic Conference last season, Bond feels the Bearcats offense is only getting started with a strong core of running backs, one of the best group of receivers and top quarterback Gunner Kiel.
Bearcat Insider spent some time with Bond following a recent practice to discuss the upcoming season and more.
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PRIOR TO UC
Was a Scout three-star guard prospect coming out of Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central High School where he earned First-Team Associated Press Indiana Class 5A honors as a senior. Was one of five Warren Central prospects to sign with the Bearcats in the Class of 2012.
SINCE ARRIVING AT UC
After redshirting his first season in Cincinnati, Bond got plenty of early playing time his first year on the field earning Second-Team Freshman All-American honors from CollegeFootballNews.com as the Bearcats offensive line allowed only 12 sacks during the regular season which tied for 11th best in the NCAA FBS.
Last season Bond played a major role in the Bearcats offense posting the second highest yardage total in school history with 5,982 yards. Again the Bearcats offensive line and Gunner Kiel did a good job of keeping sacks low as they only surrendered 16 sacks on the season.
This fall should see Bond at his best as he enters camp fully healthy and more experienced following two seasons of extensive on the field training.