Bearcat defensive coordinator, Joe Tresey, takes a look back at Thursday's game with SEMO and looks ahead at this week's big game with Oregon State.
Bearcat Insider spoke with Cincinnati defensive coordinator, Joe Tresey,
after the Bearcats went through some light running at Nippert Stadium on
Saturday morning. A smile on Coach
Tresey's face is not at all unusual, but after his defense recorded six
turnovers two nights earlier against Southeast Missouri State, that smile may have had extra
meaning. The Bearcats recorded
twenty-three turnovers in fourteen games last season, fewer than two turnovers a
game so Thursday was a windfall.
Coach Tresey spoke about the fortuitous night. "Six turnovers? Absolutely. You don't come across that many too
often. It was a stellar day for
Although it was a stellar night for turnovers, it was not as great a
night for tackling according to Coach Kelly in his post game press conference,
but the Bearcats do very little live tackling in practice for fear of injury so
Coach Tresey was asked about the dilemma.
"It's a little bit of a trade off with that, but we have to keep
working. It was a first game, and
you're going to have those kinds of issues. The kids hadn't played anybody, and they
get out of control. They don't come
to balance like you want them too, and it's just because they're excited, and
they just want to hit somebody new.
Hopefully, we'll work those kinks out. We're going to work it every week in
individual like we continue to do, and we'll get some good looks from the scout
team. It'll get better."
Mick Mickens picked off two passes which was his average for each of the
previous two seasons while surehanded DeAngelo Smith dropped a ball. Coach Tresey laughed about the unusual
occurrences. "Yeah, but I was just
surprised we got six turnovers. How
many times do you see six turnovers in a game? DeLo was disappointed the ball went
through his hands. Mick broke on
the one very nice and scored the touchdown. When you see it on tape, he saw it come
out of the quarterbacks hands and broke on it. The other one his hands were kind of
so-so, but he made the play."
Coaches don't have much time to reflect on victories. Their attention must always be on the
next opponent, and Cincinnati's next opponent could keep a
defensive coordinator awake at night, especially with a running back like
Yvenson Bernard. "Their tailback
#26 really drives them, Bernard.
He's about 5' 8" and 200 pounds and going to be a four year starter for
them. I think he had 1,300 yards
each of the last couple of years.
He had approximately 175 the other night. He's a guy we have to contain. They're working two quarterbacks right
now, and they just didn't get in sync against Utah.
They dropped some balls too, and I'm sure they're going to clean that up,
but we have to stop Bernard in the running game."
Another player that stood out on tape was true freshman James Rodgers. "He's really fast, isn't
he? He can't be more than 5' 5" or
5' 6", but he is very similar to Mike Daniels. They ran the jet sweep with him, and he
can move. He's going to be a
The Beavers lost 6' 2"/324 pound offensive guard Jeremy Perry for several
weeks after an injury in the Utah game on Thursday night. Perry was a 1-st team All-Pac 10
honoree last year and is considered one of the best offensive linemen to ever
play in Corvallis. With Perry, the Beavers averaged 313
pounds across the offensive front, but his replacement will likely be Adam Speer
weighing in at a mere 286 pounds.
Even with a revised 306 pound average, Oregon State's offensive line will still
outweight the Bearcat defensive line by 33 pounds a man. Coach Tresey says that will be the norm
this season. "Everybody we're going
to play is going to be pretty much that big. Heck, even in the MAC, they're that
big. That's just the nature of
offensive lines these days. We have
to play fast and keep them off balance.
Keep them guessing and give our guys a chance to make plays. They're (Oregon State) very good making plays. If you watch them play together, they do
a great job of picking up fire zones and picking up pressure. Their communication level looks
outstanding, but I wouldn't say they have great players up front. But they play extremely well as a group
which I think is a bigger issue than having one or two great guys."
Coach Tresey believes the extremely hot August in Cincinnati could help the
Bearcats if that uncomfortable weather returns for Thursday's game. "I'd love to see about 90% humidity and
about 85 degrees at kickoff. That's
what we're used to practicing in, and I'm sure they're not. I think it would be to our advantage,
but who knows."
Fans look at this game as a big one, and Coach Tresey agrees. "Every game is big, but when you bring a
Pac 10 school here to play us on ESPN, it adds a little extra
Tickets are still available for this 7:30 p.m. Thursday
night kickoff, and Bearcats fans need to make themselves seen and heard in this
rare game against a PAC 10 opponent.