Bearcats Open Spring Practice

Back-to-Back Big East Champions open spring practice today. Bearcat Insider will be on hand for a spring of change. Here is a look at some of the early practice changes and players fighting for playing time.

Butch Jones and his staff will take the field for the first official practice since taking over the Bearcats program. With a change in staff, Bearcat Insider knows they'll be a lot of questions about the depth chart and how changes in the offense and defense look.

Here is an early look at what we expect to see on day one.

Offense

While it's fully expected the Bearcats will continue to throw the football, there are several areas to watch.

The biggest area will be Zach Collaros taking over the reins at quarterback. Collaros showed last season he is fully capable of making something happen on the field, but now the pressure will be on his shoulders to repeat that effort and run the Bearcats offense fulltime. Chazz Anderson will be looking to get his share of snaps and push Collaros each day of practice.

Another change to watch is at wide receiver. Mardy Gilyard is gone and D.J. Woods, Vidal Hazelton and Armon Binns will be looking to show the quality depth at the position. Marcus Barnett looks to get things back on track and push Woods for playing time while Jamar Howard looks to keep Binns working hard.

Along the offensive line Sam Griffin moves over to left tackle while C.J. Cobb is penciled in on the right side. Both players will have to work hard as younger players like Sean Hooey and Andre Cureton look to start making a push to get on the field.

Ben Guidugli and Adrien Robins will be the ones to watch at tight end while Isaiah Pead and John Goebel will battle at running back.

New for the 2010 spring season is a fullback, yes fullback Colin Lozier who moves into the position giving the Bearcats a true fullback for the first time since Mark Dantonio.

Defense

Just like last season the Bearcats will have a change in defense as the 4-3 returns to Cincinnati after a year running the 3-4.

Up front Brandon Mills, Derek Wolfe, John Hughes and Dan Giordano look to hold off some younger players looking for their first on field action. Mike Hilty, Sean McClellan and Jordan Stepp look to push the more experiences Bearcats for playing time.

At linebacker J.K. Schaffer will play the weak side while Walt Stewart looks to man the strong side. Maalik Bomar will look to push Schaffer while veteran Robby Armstrong looks to come back from an injury and push Stewart. In the middle Dorian Davis will battle Alex Delisi.

In the secondary Dominique Battle will see a push by Chris Williams and Camerron Ceatham looks to keep the talented Reuben Johnson off the field. At the safety positions Wesley Richardson will battle Quincy Quetant while veteran Drew Frey will have Pat Lambert pushing.

On special teams Tom DeTemple will look to fill some big shoes while Patrick O'Donnell looks to continue his growth as a punter. Senior Jake Rogers will handle the rest of the kicking chores.

Keep in mind; this is only a first day look at what could be many changes in the coming weeks as the Bearcats get to work for the first time under Butch Jones and the new


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