The squad was once again in helmets and shoulder pads, and the 90+ degree temperature took more than one player's breath away.
-Ben Mauk had a sore elbow and was held out of most of the drills. He threw very, very little today.
-Marty Gilyard (WR) was on the field and in gear, but he also was held out of most drills.
-John Goebel had a new and somewhat better look today. He called it a Mohican haircut. I think Dave got a picture of it. Believe it or not, it looks light years better than yesterday's hairdo.
Goebel's New Haircut
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-One of the freshman defensive backs (who will remain nameless) got a bit aggressive with a teammate during a drill. Before things escalated into a fight, Coach Coombs was right in the middle of it. Coach Coombs made it very clear to the freshman that his behavior was not wanted, and a lesson was learned.
-Some people criticized Coach Kelly when he complained about a lack of local coverage for Big East Media Day, but there has been plenty of media coverage for practices. A couple television stations were present just yesterday, and there has been no shortage of writers each day.
-Coach Kelly was even more vocal today during practice. He really gets after people.
-There is usually some tweaking of the depth chart each day to see how guys play with the #1 unit. Today Khalil El-Amin got a lot of reps for Jeff Linkenbach at right tackle. Jason Kelce saw a lot of action with the first group at center.
-In the 7-on 7 drill, Craig Carey was fortunate not to be picked off a couple of times. The big play in the drill was when Zach Collaros connected with Charley Howard for a long gain against the #3 defense. I left the 7-on-7 early to watch the O-line vs. D-line.
-Once again there was a lot of action in the pass rush/pass defense drill. Angelo Craig showed again today how tough he is to block. Freshman Sam Griffin had another good day for the offensive linemen, but Trevor Canfield really struggled. I saw both Lemonte Nelms and Adam Hopple just blow by Trevor today. Hoppel also used a nice swim move to get past Ken Rodriguez, but Ken stymied sophomore Ricardo Mathews in their match-up. I thought back-up players C. J. Cobb looked good for the offense, and Ralston Reeves was effective for the defense. Rob Trigg had some good results again today, and Anthony Hoke probably got the better of Digger Bujnoch in their match. Blake McCroskey had a good result against fellow freshman John Hughes, and Jon Newton proved tough to block for Jason Kelce.
-In the 11-on-11 part of practice, we had the exact opposite result of what happened yesterday. Today Antwuan Giddens was able to pull in a long pass from Dustin Grutza despite good coverage by Mike Mickens. Also, DeAngelo Smith picked off a deflected ball from Dustin Grutza.
-Tony Pike looked to be the #2 option at quarterback today, but I believe Dustin Grutza still has a very comfortable lead in that QB competition.
Today's interview was with Coach Kelly. The media coverage has been better than
at any time in the last three years so Coach Kelly was asked if that was the
result he had in mind when he criticized the media for its lack of coverage of
Next Coach Kelly was asked how he and his staff have managed to secure
sixteen verbal commitments this early in the recruiting process. "Our assistant coaches are why we have
sixteen. They're experienced, and
most have been with me a long time.
They know exactly what we're looking for. We're not going through the aisles
unsure of what we need. When we go
down the aisles, we know we're looking for this or looking for that. Not everyone likes the kids we like, and
that's fine. That's recruiting, and
we'll find out in a few years how successful we've been. I know at
The original number for recruits in 2008 was eighteen, but that number has changed. "We could get close to twenty-five. We've lost a couple players that we may or may not replace on scholarship right now. But we could get close to that twenty-five number."
So what positions are the Bearcats still looking to fill? "Right now our focus is on wide receiver, and we need guys coming off the edge, a pass rusher. We'll probably also take an inside guy, a defensive tackle."
Finally, we talked about the strategy of scheduling with
an eye on qualifying for one of the thirty-two bowl games. "Primarily the philosophy with the five
(OOC) games is to play as many as you can at home. We'd like to play a
(Division) IAA and a top 10 team then your local rivalries like a