Quarterback: Tony Pike is the guy and during practice Pike along with Chazz Anderson, Travis Kelce, Brendon Kay and Zach Collaros took snaps. There is also a new quarterback on the roster in Demetrius Richardson who hails from Cherokee, New Jersey and attended prep school at USMAPS. Richardson is a big body (6-foot-3, 220-pound) left handed quarterback. On Tuesday he spent much of the day watching and learning.
Pike looks extremely confident for the first spring since coming to campus and joked as he walked off the field about how the past year has seen so much change.
Running Back: Jacob Ramsey is back for his senior season but will be pushed by John Goebel. Goebel looks thicker and in great shape but both will be pushed by Isaiah Pead as the speedy back out of Columbus, Ohio looks poised for a big spring. Scott Johnson looks thick and athletic and get ready to see Darrin Williams this spring show what he's capable of doing.
While many have been hard on Ramsey he's still a big back with a lot of talent. But Pead brings great burst and the big play ability and Goebel continues to get better and better. The redshirt year that Goebel took two years ago is really paying off.
Wide Receiver: Depth is great as Mardy Gilyard, D.J. Woods and Armon Binns look to be as good as anyone in the Big East. But others will push and there is always the possibility of Barnett jumping over and taking reps. Vidal Hazelton got off to a slow start but was showing why he was one of the top receivers coming out of high school and a great pickup for the Bearcats. The USC transfer is thick and shows great hands.
Make no mistake the Bearcats have a great wide receiver coach in Charley Molnar. Watching Coach Molnar during practice you see why the Bearcats receivers have done so well the past two seasons.
This spring is a big one for O.J. Woodard as he'll look to push others to get his reps on the field. Say what you want but Charley Howard just goes about his business and works hard to do whatever he's asked to do.
From the day he gave his verbal commitment we've been saying D.J. Woods is a star in the making. But D.J. isn't the only star in his family as his little sister will be playing college hoops at Northwestern.
Offensive Line: The first thing seen was the change of Randy Martinez to guard. This is huge if the New Jersey native can earn the spot while also having the tools to play center. The first day first team line was the following.
LT: Jeff Linkenbach
LG: Randy Martinez
C: Jason Kelce
RG: C.J. Cobb
RT: Alex Hoffman
It will be interesting to see what happens when the pads are put on and hitting begins.
Another thing that really stood out was the physical size of freshman Sean Hooey who is 298-pounds. The Michigan native showed good form for his first college practice and will have a chance to really take a big step this spring after delaying his entry last fall.
I also liked what I saw from Sam Griffin who is now over 260-pounds. Griffin has great technique and this spring he'll be pushing for a lot of reps.
Tight Ends: With Mike Elston moving over to coach the defensive line the tight ends saw time with two coaches. Jeff Quinn got some time with the tight ends working on blocking while Charley Molnar worked on their receiving skills. The Bearcats look solid at the position as Ben Guidugli, Kazeem Alli and Adrien Robinson give the team three top tight ends to play.
Day One Offensive Notes
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