Bearcat Bowl Saturday

Bearcat Bowl Saturday was a big hit. I didn't get a chance to see the track meet, but I was able to see the baseball Bearcats even the series against Connecticut with a 6-1 win before heading over to Nippert Stadium.

If you weren't on UC's campus yesterday, you really missed out on a day of fun.  The baseball game had a nice crowd after having 658 fans for the opener with UConn.  Cincinnati opened up the gates and let Bearcats fans attend for free so no attendance was recorded for Saturday's game.


-Dan Osterbrock went the distance throwing 118 pitches for the Bearcats and giving up only one run on seven hits.  Osterbrock benefited from UC turning three double plays.


-The UC student section was very active throughout the game cheering, heckling and doing the wave.


-The big offensive blow for UC came from Neall French in the 6th inning.  With the bases loaded, French singled in two runs giving Osterbrock some breathing room and increased the Cincinnati lead to 4-1.  The rubber match in the series is Sunday at 1 o'clock.


Next came The Bearcat Bowl, and it was without a doubt the best attended spring game I have ever seen at UC.


-There were plenty of recruits on hand.  Multiple players from Harmony, Hamilton and Colerain made-up a large part of the group, but we also saw Josh Smith (S) from Withrow, Darius Ashley (RB) from St. Xavier and Fred Craig (S/LB) from St. Xavier.  Ashley said his three top schools are Cincinnati, Tennessee and Louisville.  Since the last time I spoke with Fred Craig, he has added offers from Indiana and Akron to go with his offers from Cincinnati and West Virginia.  Some other locals included James Cravens (RB) from Centerville, twins Omar (WR) and Octavius (S) Leftwich from Harmony, and  Jerel Worthy (DT) of Wayne High School.


-A recruit we just wrote about, Domonick Britt (QB) of Trotwood-Madison, attended the game with his offensive coordinator, Jeremy Beckham.  Domonick was excited about the atmosphere.  "I really like UC and want to commit, but I'm going to still see what other offers might come."  If the Bearcats can land Britt, there's a decent chance they could get multiple Rams.  Brandon Moore (TE) and Michael Shaw (RB) also have offers from UC but were unable to attend the spring game due to a track meet.  "We're all so close we don't want to split up, but there are three more of us (Ike Washington, Roy Roundtree, and JamiihrWilliams).  We're hoping the others will get offers soon."  Britt seemed very impressed with the entire day, but a commitment likely won't come until May at the earliest.


-1st team All-Big East middle linebacker, Kevin McCullough, was in attendance along with Kevin Lovell, Jeff Reinstatler and Nick Davila.  Kevin has had recent workouts with both the Bengals and Browns.  We'll keep in touch with Kevin and see if his football career continues with the NFL draft only a week away.


-Jelly Jones of Bearcat basketball fame was at The Bearcat Bowl.


-The substitute PA announcer brought some much needed enthusiasm to the spring game.  UC got quite a few takers (I believe twenty) for their promotion this week looking for football PA announcers.  They got an audition tape from an applicant from as far away as California.  The job apparently pays $100 a game.


-Jason Whitehead (S) had the first big hit of the night when he leveled Dominick Goodman (WR), but as usual, Goody hung onto the ball for a nice gain.


-Bradley Glatthaar (RB) had the first turnover of the night when he fumbled in opposing territory.  Bradley is usually pretty sure handed.


-DeAngelo Smith (CB) showed what he's shown all spring when he intercepted a pass and took it back for a TD, but the play was nullified by a defensive penalty.


-Anthony Hoke got the first sack of the night, and I believe two on the evening.  My stats differed from the official numbers.  I had Jon Newton (1.5), Trevor Anderson (2), Adam Hoppel (1), Lamonte Nelms (2), Ricardo Matthews (.5), and Chris Harrison (1).  I also had Angelo Craig with a .5 sack, but he didn't appear anywhere on the official stat sheet.  Craig Carey seemed to be the victim of most of the sacks.


-Brad Jones (CB) intercepted a tipped pass from Craig Carey, and Colerain walk-on Justin Moore (CB) intercepted a Carey pass in his own end zone.


-I thought Jake Rogers looked good despite missing a 52 yarder.  Jake hit a 31 yard field goal and had plenty of leg on his long miss.  It was just a little left.  Kevin Huber averaged 40 yards a punt, but there were no returns for fear of injury.


-DeAngelo Smith laid a big hit on Charley Howard, but Charley held onto the football for a 20 yard gain.


-I thought John Goebel looked good running the football until he left due to an injury, but I checked with him after the game, and he said he was fine.


-We wrote about Thomas Claggett running for student government, and Bearcat Insider is happy to report that Thomas is now a student senator.  Congratulations to Thomas.


-Dustin Grutza played very well and avoided making any critical errors.


-There were plenty of the new signees on hand.  I saw three of the new offensive linemen (T. J. Franklin, Alex Hoffman, and Craig Parmenter) spending the majority of the day together.  T. J. is the smallest, and he's now 6' 5"/275 pounds.  I also saw Chazz Anderson (QB) and Montez Patterson (RB).  I didn't actually see him, but I was told Deon Reed (DB) was present for the game.


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-One very nice feature for Bearcat season ticket holders that have already paid for their tickets was a DVD of the UC/Rutgers upset from last season.


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