-First of all, a tip of the Bearcat Insider helmet to Jake Rogers. I really though Jake seemed tight the little bit I observed him last week, but I apparently confused tension for concentration. Hitting that first field goal attempt had to help settle any nerves, and the 55 yard field goal looked to have plenty of distance. Jake has now flashed his potential for all Bearcat fans to see, but I'd still like to see him get a little more consistent as caroming that final extra point off the upright gave me a bad flashback.
-Coach Tresey was ecstatic about getting six turnovers against SEMO last
-Special team's coordinator Mike Elston also had to be pleased with his guys. Kevin Huber's 44 yard punting average was very solid, and Jake Rogers put himself in position for winning Big East Special Teams Player of the Week honors. In addition, the special teams essentially created 14 points with the blocked punt for a touchdown and the recovery of Stroughter's muffed punt inside the five-yard-line.
-Last week Marty Gilyard had his coming out party. This week it was Marcus "Bones" Barnett. Coach Kelly described Barnett as "fearless" in a conversation earlier this summer, and Bones proved him right Thursday night with five catches and some tough play.
-The loss of Trevor Anderson just seems like a distant memory as Bearcat fans continue to watch the development of Angelo Craig. I've seen Angelo develop quite a bit as a player and a person over his career, and if that development continues, it may allow him to play on Sundays next year.
-Yvenson Bernard seemed to be carrying on a conversation with a number of Bearcat defenders throughout the three quarters in which he played. The Bearcats held him to his fewest yards as a starter. His previous low was 16 carries for 54 yards in a loss to UCLA last year. He had only 30 yards against the Bearcats on 16 carries.
-There were a number of players from Harmony at Thursday's game along
with Jerel Worthy of
-As Doug mentioned there were several NFL scouts at Thursday's game. One was Bengals' Director of Football Operations, Jim Lippincott. For obvious reasons, some of the scouts don't like to talk about who they are evaluating, but most wear a shirt or hat to identify their club. However, one NFL scout last night would not even identify his NFL team when asked. He slipped away quietly under cover of night.
-Cedric Tolbert has come a long way. After knee surgery in high school, he
again injured the knee two years ago.
If took the
-If I had any criticism last night from a personnel standpoint, I would have liked to have seen Tony Pike get some snaps in the fourth quarter.
-Kevin Lovell is living with his kicking mentor, Tim Williams, as Kevin
looks for his next opportunity in the NFL.
Williams kicked for the Buckeyes after starring at
-As good as the victory felt last night, the Bearcats need to work on
eliminating the negative plays and penalties for the Miami of Ohio game. After such an emotional win, the
Redhawks are sitting in a "trap game" spot especially with the game being played
-I've said many times already-Coach Kelly is the best thing to happen to Cincinnati football since Sid Gillman, and that point may be getting tougher and tougher for people to argue.
-Khalil El-Amin got the start at right tackle. Jeff Linkenbach dressed but did not play. After getting the starting spot at left guard, Ken Rodriguez was replaced by Chris Flores for much of the game.
-For those who like to plan ahead, the Bearcats return the game to
-I love knowing Paul Longo is on our sideline and has been working with our players. The guy exudes confidence, and his expertise is worth its weight in gold. Maybe it's even worth MY weight in gold.
-Finally, hope to see many of you at The Holy Grail for the "Bearcat Insider Live at the Holy Grail" radio show on Tuesday from 7 to 9 on SuperTalk 96.5 f.m. We can all celebrate the Bearcat victory over the Beavers as we anticipate a tough road game against the Redhawks.