Preseason Day Two Report

Day Two is in the books as the Bearcats head towards the start of the 2005 season and their home opener with Eastern Michigan.

Sunday's practice was in helmets, jerseys and shorts. We realize much will change between today and September 1st, but here's what happened at practice today.

-Walk-on offensive lineman, Steve Huff, was present but did not participate in any drills. He apparently is still waiting to be cleared to practice by the NCAA.

-As reported earlier by BCI, Scott Chillinsky has left the team and apparently has no desire to play football.

-Due to injury, Jordan Roth's football career at UC is over, but Jordan is expected to stay at UC and help the team in another capacity.

-K. L. Smith (DB) was not present, and his future at UC is unclear at this time.

-Derrick Stewart was present despite rumors that he had not qualified academically. Derrick was working with the receivers.

-Terrill Byrd was in a green jersey (limited participation) and does not look much taller than 5' 10". Information from our sources indicate that the reported 500 lbs. bench presses at Colerain didn't materialize at UC. Terrill handled some impressive weight but nothing near 500 lbs. We hope to report more definitive information about summer workouts in the next couple days.

-New recruits Patrick Mimms, Thomas Claggett, Connor Barwin, Trevor Anderson, Corey Smith and Brad Jones spent their summer on campus and were regulars in the weight room. The locals that were regulars included Dominic Goodman, Mike Mickens, Cedric Tolbert, Andre Revels, and Craig Carey. Carey did not miss a workout.

-Dominic Goodman was working with the receivers the entire practice. He did not look comfortable.

-Anthony Hoke was working with the 1st team defense at OLB. Angelo Craig was at the other OLB with Jon Carpenter in the middle.

-Cedric Tolbert worked opposite Antoine Horton as the 1st team cornerbacks.

-Brad Jones was with the safeties. He had apparently been with the cornerbacks on Saturday.

-The 1st team O-line from left to right were Steve Eastlake, Ryan Brown, Matt Webster, Jeff Reinstatler and Khalil El-Amin.

-Pat Narduzzi's defense reminds me of an ant colony. Players are moving, stunting, and unpredictable.

-Delbert Ferguson had a yellow jersey while prohibits his participation in almost all drills.

-Marcus Waugh worked with the punters, but he was a distant fourth in my opinion. He is not a big as Brad Bury but has much quicker feet.

-Marshwan Gilyard and Jared Martin worked primarily with the receivers but did spend some time with the defensive backs.

-There is a great deal of athleticism at quarterback. David Wess, Craig Carey and Kurt Shoemaker joined Tony Pike, Todd Spitzer, Nick Davila and Dustin Grutza. I didn't think Grutza was as sharp as he was last spring, but he finished strong with some nice long throws in the 7 on 7 drill.

-Bill Poland is recovering from an injury and did not practice.

-I thought Antwuan Giddens had a really good practice catching the football. He was able to get behind the defense and made a beautiful one-handed catch on a post pattern.

-The new east endzone seats are unlike their counterparts. They are raised about 20 feet above the playing surface.

-Rodney Pompey is easily the largest of the offensive lineman, but he's a definite project.

-DeAngelo Smith had the lone interception in the 7 on 7 drill. He got Craig Carey.

-I hope Coach Narduzzi can find a spot for Tony Carvitti. I know he's undersized at DE, but he does seem quite disruptive on defense.


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