Day four of spring practice saw great contact, lots of recruits and rain. But just like during the season, the Bearcats took the field and provided some great contact. Here are Tim's notes from the day.

-Todd Spitzer looked to have a sore arm today.  It seemed to be his elbow, but he did make two nice 15 yard throws to the corner of the end zone.

-Delbert Ferguson probably had his best day of practice, in my opinion.

-Today was the first day players were in full gear.

-It was another junior day at UC with plenty of prospective recruits on hand. Incidentally, Lee Tilley (OT) from Springfield South was at practice yesterday.

-This week has taken its toll on a few guys. Brad Bury and John Bowie each practiced despite some ankle and knee problems, respectively.

-Lemonte Nelms was back with the 1st team defense at LB, but I didn't notice Ryan Manalac at practice today.

-D'arrell Brown (Purcell) has been taking quite a few reps with the #1 defense at DT.

-Anthony Hoke returned to his spot at DE after missing practice yesterday.

-K.L. Smith regained his cornerback spot with the #1 defense replacing Bowie, although Bowie was favoring that knee.

-Adam Hoppel had a nice tackle for loss today as did Tony Carvitti.

-Dustin Grutza hit Earnest Jackson in stride for the longest completion of the day.

-Derick Ross consistently caught the ball all day despite the cold and rain.

-I thought Mike Daniels had a good practice.

A "hamburger" drill supplied a lot of the excitement at practice today.  It's basically a full go four on four drill.  The team really gets excited about this drill.  The offense has 3 plays to get 10 yards.  If it succeeds, the defense does up/downs.  If it doesn't, the offense does the up/downs.

-Delbert Ferguson showed some real power in this drill today.

-In one of the more entertaining contests, the quarterbacks went against the punters.  The QB's won easily.

-Maybe the biggest hit of the drill came on a 3rd and 3.  Glatthaar was the ball carrier and Haruki Nakamura came up to make a big hit.  Nakamura stood Glatthaar up and drove him out of bounds for a defensive win.

-Mike Daniels did surprisingly well in this drill for such a small back.

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