Bearcats Day Two Report

With the sun shining brightly on Nippert Stadium, Butch Jones and the University of Cincinnati football team took to the field for their second practice of the spring. Bearcat Insider was on hand and has the following report.

Much like their first practice the Bearcats showed lots of energy as the weather gave them a second great day to start their defense of back-to-back Big East Championships. While players who missed Day One due to exams were back on the field, other members of the team were missing as they also finished up exams prior to the start of spring break.

Patrick Coyne of Hamilton Badin made a visit to practice watching closely the work being done by the quarterbacks. Coyne, who holds offers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, West Virginia and others, has the Bearcats high on his list and could be a player ready to jump onboard. We've got a call into Patrick and will have more about his visit.

As for the quarterbacks, Zach Collaros is showing he wants to keep Chazz Anderson off his heels this spring and looks to have his arm in top shape throwing good crisp passes. This should have been Brendon Kay's spring to shine but while he's throwing the ball well, he's slowed by the injury he suffered late last season.

The wide receiver position is stacked and despite several guys being penciled in as starters there will continue to be battles this spring. Marcus Barnett is back off the scrap heap as Coach Jones is looking to find the Barnett he saw a few years ago.

Tight end is a position of strength as Blake Annen is looking like a young Brent Celek in the way he moves and catches the ball. Another player who has star potential is DeMarkus Bracy who is just a super looking athlete with strong hands and the ability to make things happen.

On the defensive line Jordan Stepp is back from fighting injuries and is working to find his way up the depth chart. This will be Jordan's chance to show the talents that made him a highly thought of prospect as time will be available for him this fall.

Defensive back is a position that has several players fighting and while they're young they do have some talent. Former Bearcats defensive back Mike Mickens returned today to work with the defensive backs after practice.

Mickens is doing well and still working his way back from the knee injury he suffered his senior season. He said he's doing well with the Bengals and they fully expect him to be a key member of their team if his knee continues to respond.

As for the young Bearcats, Dominique Battle continues to show his progress and should continue to be a player with a high ceiling. Another player showing the ability to have a bright future is Reuben Johnson.

Practice was again a high energy one with players, coaches and others working hard on each and every play.

While the team did do some seven-on-seven and full squad work, to report on it would not give guys a true chance to be at 100%.

The team will now take a week off before returning and getting down to the real work in the following couple of weeks.


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