Tuesday, March 27-Practice #1

This is the third year Bearcat Insider has provided coverage of Cincinnati spring football practice. Here are some of the sights, sounds and observations after day #1.

It was a beautiful day to begin spring practice, and as usual, the guys were in helmets only for the first day.

 

-One of my first surprises was seeing Marcus Waugh reversing his number and wearing jersey #53.  Marcus had expected to be moved to tailback after his practice performances during the bowl season and had lost quite a bit of weight in preparing for the position change, but the staff has had a change in plans, and Waugh was with the offensive linemen today.  Marcus stands only 5' 10", but he's a brute, and his father (Tom) played center for a Rose Bowl team at Ohio State.  Coach Quinn seems very happy with having Marcus, and he'll apparently get a long look at playing center.  Terrill Byrd is an All-Big East performer, but Waugh more than held his own today when the two were locked up.  Marcus was still on the practice field working with Coach Adam Shorter long after everyone else had left.

 

-Coach Quinn is already tinkering with the offensive line trying to find the right combination.  Jeremy Bolton has been moved to guard and was working opposite Trevor Canfield.  Bolton is a big, strong, tough young man that has continued to work on his quickness.  I'd love to see this guy win a starting spot.  Last August during two-a-days at Camp Higher Ground, Bolton won me over as I saw him continually vomiting during practice but absolutely refusing to sit out.  This is a guy you want in your foxhole, and opposite Canfield, I'm not sure anyone in the Big East would have two more physical guards.  Digger Bujnoch also got the opportunity to get some snaps at center as Khalil El-Amin got reps with the #1 group at tackle.  Coach Quinn is looking at all the possibilities on the O-line.

 

-Serjio Welch, a transfer from Ohio State, was not at practice and is not expected any time soon.  I was told he was "inactive at this time."  His future as a Bearcat is very questionable at this point.

 

-The first interception of the day was by the same guy that got a lot of picks last year in practice-DeAngelo Smith.  The sure-handed cornerback snagged a pass from Craig Carey in a 7 on 7 drill.  Later Smith got another interception on a team drill.  I think the quarterback was Dustin Grutza that time.

 

-Doug Jones made a nice, diving catch from his new tight end position in the 7 on 7 drill.

 

-There were apparently 21 pro teams represented for Cincinnati's pro day today.

 

-The guy with the infectious smile, Andre Revels, got the bulk of snaps at MLB replacing Kevin McCullough.  As hard as it is to comprehend, Andre's arms look even bigger than last year's.

 

-Aaron Webster was on the practice field but was being held out of action.  Webster appeared in the participation chart for the International Bowl causing confusion for Bearcat football fans who had heard of his ACL knee injury during bowl practices.  Webster played with a partially torn meniscus last year, but tore it completely along with the ligament during a bowl practice.  He DID NOT play in the bowl game but is well on his way to a complete recovery.

 

-Leo Morgan was also held out of drills as he recovers from an injury.

 

-Lance Jeter and Marcus Barnett were among the 12 receivers at practice.  Barnett is very thin.  I did not see Darran Powell, a walk-on from last year, but another walk-on has apparently taken his receiver spot.  Justin Jackson, a 6' 2" receiver from Farrell, Pa. was practicing with the team.  He sat out last season.

 

-Bearcat recruit Frank Becker was on hand for today's practice, and preferred walk-on long snapper Tom DeTemple accompanied Becker.

 

-Kevin Huber had the shortest and longest punts today.  He really shanked one early for about 10 yards but hit two monsters later that had to be close to the 65-70 yard range.

 

-Coach Kelly was harping on the receivers to come back to the football.  The "Kelly Comment of the Day" was during a passing drill, "We're going to be playing Louisville not Western Michigan."

 

-Ralston Reeves (DL) of Detroit was on the practice field after being greyshirted.

 

-Mike Daniels went through all drills but with a leg brace.

 

-Ben Guidugli isn't tall but he is very stocky.

 

-John Goebel struggled in his first practice as he adjusts to receiver.  I saw him have two drops.

 

-I was told Cincinnati mayor, Mark Mallory, attended today's Bearcat baseball practice as he prepares to throw out the first pitch in next week's Reds' opener.

 

-A young man named Josh Henderson watched today's practice as he hopes for a spot as a walk-on.  Josh graduated from Sycamore High School in 2006 and is hoping for a spot as a running back/kicker.


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