News & Notes - Practice #4

The Bearcats took the field for Day Four of their spring practice drills. Bearcat Insider was on hand and has the latest news.

-There was no shortage of onlookers today at practice with it being a junior day. The squad was in full pads.

-Bill Poland (WR) was taken away yesterday in an ambulance, but Bill looked to be in pretty good shape today. He was limited at practice, but it looks like he'll be fine. Some guys don't seem to mind wearing the yellow or green jerseys indicating an injury, but Poland's not one of them.

-Jared Martin (WR) also got banged up yesterday and did not participate in any drills today. He was with the "walking wounded" doing conditioning exercises. Being injured can sometimes be more work than going through practice.

-Craig Carey (QB) returned to the field today after missing yesterday's practice. He was still extremely limited in his participation.

-We were asked about the 3rd team center on our message board. It looks to be Chris Jurek although Steve Gawronski is also a possibility. The problem with QB/C exchanges with Jeff Reinstatler was much improved today.

-Tony Carvetti (DT) took the bulk of the reps for the injured Jon Newton (DT) with the 1st team defense. Newton was at practice but couldn't do much.

-It will be a sad day for me when defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi leaves UC. The guy is pretty intense for the entire practice, but he also isn't afraid to add some levity. Yesterday he pulled an official's flag and called a penalty on the offense during the scrimmage.

-Bobby Carpenter of Ohio State attended practice today with his father and younger brothers. Bobby spent considerable time talking to Jon about technique at linebacker. Coach Tim Hinton gave quite a bit of attention to Jon's younger brother Georgie, who plays for his father, Rob Carpenter, at Lancaster High School.

-Andre Revels continued to get some reps with the 1st team defense at MLB.

-Walk-on linebacker Torry Cornett earned some praise from Coach Narduzzi with his run stuffing ability.

-Haruki Nakamura (S) picked off Dustin Grutza in two different drills.

-There were two big play passes today in different drills, but they involved the same players. Nick Davila (QB) twice hooked up with DeAngelo Smith (WR). The second was a 50 yard TD pass where Smith beat John Bowie (CB) on the play.

-Antwuan Giddens has not been at any of the practices. I've heard he may have academic problems.

-If I were to pick a leader in the quarterback competition after the first week of practice, I'd pick Nick Davila.

-David Wess (RB) had another solid practice but not as good as yesterday. Still, he's shown the speed to turn the corner and has yet to fumble. He and Miles Davis have been getting a lot of reps. Bradley Glatthaar and Greg Moore are limited in practice.

-Darran Powell a receiver from Dayton Dunbar is being recruited as a walk-on at UC. Darran said one of his teammates at Dunbar, Aaron Pogue, has not decided if he'll play football or basketball in college. Pogue is better known for basketball and played only five games last season in football, but many believe he could be an outstanding college tackle. Pogue is a junior.

-Derrick Stewart (WR/CB) had a cousin at junior day-John Wells. John is a cornerback at Youngstown Liberty High School.

-Anthony Hoke (DE) batted down two of Dustin Grutza's passes at the line of scrimmage today.

-I'd give Anthony Hoke and Haruki Nakamura the "Bearcat Insider Defensive Co-Players of the Day" award.

-Dominick Goodman (WR) would get the "Offensive Player of the Day" honor. Goodman continues to catch the ball in traffic and made some outstanding grabs.

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