While the Bearcats are dealing with injuries (Gunner Kiel and Adrian Witty mainly) themselves Miami Al Golden told the media on Wednesday that two safeties will not be able to play the first half of the Cincinnati game, which if the Bearcats can take advantage could be a plus for the Bearcats offense. The two safeties are Deon Bush and Jamal Carter.
Golden said, " Well, I think we're good there. We've been playing five all year, so, you know, Rayshawn Jenkins has two interceptions already, Dallas (Crawford) has thrown it, I think, every game, and then 'Quan Johnson. We'll have a rotation there, and we'll help those guys on special teams by alleviating some of the pressure.
Other than that, you know, we're not going to change anything. We believe in those guys. They're good football players. They're smart. All three of those gys are really smart. I think from that standpoint, we've got to do what we've been doing, and then obviously be just -- we'll be deeper in the second half certainly with Deon and Jamal coming back."
During the first half it will mean more playing time for Dallas Crawford, Rayshawn Jenkins and Jaquan Johnson.
Both players have to sit out two quarters because of separate targeting incidents in the fourth quarter versus Nebraska. Bush was ejected for his hit on Cornhuskers tight end Sam Cotton and Carter was ejected for his hit on Cornhuskers receiver Brandon Reilly.
Bush has had 11 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception and 1 pass defensed during the first three games.
As for Carter he has had 5 tackles and 1 pass defensed during the first three games.
Can the Bearcats potent passing attack take advantage of two key players missing for two quarters? It is very possible and if they can they can put more pressure on the two players when they reenter the game starting in the third quarter.