Higher Ground Part One

The afternoon heat may be the story for those covering the Bearcats on Sunday, but Brian Kelly may have been hotter.

Make no mistake, Brian Kelly runs a tight ship from his coaching staff, players and even the managers and training staff. On Sunday managers took the early heat as things we're a little sloppy on their end.

But while the start may not have been what Kelly wanted. The players looked ready to get the job done in the hot sun on the turf fields of Camp Higher Ground.

Ben Guidugli continues to impress with how he gets open and finishes by making the catch. The Highlands High School product has shown over the past two days he's ready and willing to battle for playing time this season.

True freshman D.J. Woods is silky smooth coming out of his breaks and doesn't overstride in going after teh ball. Don't be surprised if Woods takes snaps this fall if he continues with the early showing in camp.

Dominick Goodman may be the best physical wide receiver I've had a chance to watch. Each step is strong with the senior going against the Bearcats best in Mike Mickens and DeAngelo Smith.

During a defensive drill with the jugs machine, Mickens turned the head of Joe Tresey with his ability to catch the ball without much thinking. The senior All-American is on par to have another great season.

As for the defensive backs. Brandon Underwood is showing why he was so highly thought of out of high school with his play early in camp.

The former Ohio State corner knows how to position his body while also using the field to cut down the area a wide receiver has to work with.

While Saturday saw a few picks, Sunday has been going good for the signal callers.

Dustin Grutza looks ready to be the man, but Demetrius Jones is getting his reps in and doing the most with them.

Drew Frey has struggled with the small things the past two days and the defensive staff makes sure he doesn't get too down.

As I typed Grutza throws an INT to Mickens on a 40+ yard pass. Mickens had great position on the play.

The Bearcats have to have one of college footballs best wide receiving cores. When watching the group of Goodman, Marcus Barnett, Armon Binns with the rest of the group you have to be very excited with what you see. Add in the play of the tight ends and the Bearcats have gone for a team lacking wide receiver depth to one with several game breakers.

I'll be trying to talk with Mike Mickens and Cedric Tolbert after practice so stay on the look out for those two stories. I've also shot a few hundered photos and will pick some out.


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