One week prior to football practice starting at the
-Ben Mauk was at Nippert on Wednesday to watch his alma mater (Kenton) play in the 7 on 7 passing tournament. Ben really didn't want to say much about his recovery from shoulder surgery, but it was very obvious to me after a brief conversation that Ben feels very confident he will be ready to throw when practice begins on August 2nd. In asking others about the situation, the answers varied, but there are still five weeks until the first game, and Bearcat Insider will be on hand to report on his progesss.
-Bearcat freshman quarterback Chazz Anderson is already earning the
respect of his veteran teammates.
Haruki Nakamura had nothing put praise for the youngster from
Pickerington Central. The Bearcat
safety said he is no stranger to hard work and is always willing to put in the
extra time, and Haruki sees the same things from
-The man that I believe possesses the best hands on the Bearcat team is
wanting to play both ways in 2007.
Cornerback DeAngelo Smith (no more braids) said he's trying to get the
staff to look at him also as a receiver.
-One guy looking forward to the safety battle that will take place between Cedric Tolbert and Aaron Webster is Haruki Nakamura. Haruki expects to play on most, if not all, UC special teams in 2007, and he feels the safety tandem of Tolbert and Webster could give him some much needed rest. Haruki also feels he could fill-in at cornerback if needed.
-The return of Curtis Young to the Bearcats is still a possibility for
the 2007 season. Young is
-Tight end Kazeem Alli is trying to return from knee surgery. Alli has already used a redshirt season but don't expect him to return until October at the earliest.
-Everyone always wants to know what freshmen might contribute this season. The answer to that question depends on who you talk with. Here's what I've heard, and keep in mind that no one has seen these kids participate in even one practice yet. If any offensive linemen have to be rushed into playing, it might be Craig Parmenter or T. J. Franklin. Adrien Robinson's name keeps coming up when I talk to people about the receiver position although the staff apparently really likes all four of its freshmen receivers (Woodard, Hilton and Binns). Drew Frey's name surfaces on defense, but I keep telling anyone who will listen that I think he'd be much better on the offensive side of the ball. A number of freshmen haven't been on campus yet but will report next week for practice, and the opinions will start to have some substance then. Until then, this is pure speculation.
-Brent Celek was on campus today, but guess what hat he was wearing? No, not
-Domonick Britt looked good throwing the football in today's 7 on 7 camp,
and Roy Roundtree looked good as a target.
These two kids have been together since they were small, but Roundtree
didn't have a
-Mike Shaw also looked good today for Trotwood. He said his top 10 schools are
-Bearcat sophomore running back Jacob Ramsey said he has only 4% body fat on his 218 pound frame. He is absolutely chiseled. Jacob and fellow sophomore John Goebel will be competing for playing time on the field but are good friends otherwise. Ramsey said Goebel actually outlifts Jacob on the bench. Goebel can bench press 225 pounds 23 times while Jacob manages 19 presses, but Ramsey outperforms John in the lower body. In preparing for the new offense, Jacob said he'll catch 200-300 balls a day from the Jugs machine.
-If any Bearcat football fans are planning any visits to area sports bars, don't be surprised if you run into Coach Kelly. The Bearcat head coach rattled off a number of bars he'll be visiting in the next week or so to promote UC football. This guy and his staff might be the best thing to happen to UC football since Sid Gillman.