Weist likes WR experience

With all the talk this spring about the talent Cincinnati has at wide receiver, the one aspect that has really impressed wide receiver coach T.J. Weist has been the depth and experience that the players bring to the table.

Obviously, D.J. Woods and Armon Binns were starters last season and gained a wealth of experience, but Weist points to the experience that Marcus Barnett, Vidal Hazelton and Kenbrell Thompkins have as well.

"Coming from a junior college, (Thompkins) has experience, he has college experience," Weist said. "You look at Marcus Barnett, a guy who early in his career got a lot of playing time. While Hazelton has played a lot the last two year, he got playing time early in his career and has played at a BCS school. You look at with those five guys you have experience coming back and you have good depth with just those five right there."

Weist also highlighted the playing time Jamar Howard received last season and the amount of time the Orion Woodard has been on the field on special teams as well.

Much like the running backs, the wide receivers will be called upon to do it all this season from catching passes, running the ball and blocking.

"These guys one play could be going deep and on the next play be blocking at the point of attack and then they could be on the backside of a block and the quarterback pulls so now they become front side blockers. " Weist said. "Every play could be something different so these guys have to be ready for anything every play."

With all of that in mind Weist says that conditioning is paramount and that the UC receivers need to be the best conditioned team in the country.

"It starts with a mind set of attack, attack, attack. Attacking a defense with our conditioning," Weist said.

Most offenses brand their receivers x, y and z receivers with specific responsibilities; this coaching staff has taken a slightly different approach. Instead, they are going with more of an outside receiver, inside receiver label.

"With a spread offense and you go four-wide, you really break it down to inside receivers and outside," Weist said. "Obviously the outside receivers are blocking more on the perimeter and the inside guys, if they aren't running bubbles, are blocking linebackers and running your inside routes."

When they use three receivers, the responsibilities remain the same with the tight end fulfilling the other inside receiver duties.

The Bearcats will also use motions and misdirection plays with the receivers this season.

"It's trying to force the defense to cover the whole field. Maybe we motion left and throw the bubble to the right, trying to have them cover the whole field. If you do that every play then you're really putting that pressure on the defense every play," Weist said.

With all the talent at the position, Weist thinks the one area the group needs to improve in as a whole is playing fast, a mantra echoed by every member of the coaching staff. The most important aspect to playing fast, according to Weist, is learning all the assignments so there's less thinking and trying to remember an assignment and just reacting.

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