Practice Day 1: "Establishing Their Base."

Day one of Camp Jones was much like any other first practice of the summer.

The big news from the day was that junior college transfer Kenbrell Thompkins lost his appeal to play this season after initially signing an LOI with Tennessee. Thompkins will still have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this season.

The Bearcats practiced in just helmets with obviously no contact. Former Cincinnati running back Jacob Ramsey is helping out as a coach with the running backs, but is not a graduate assistant as all of those slots are filled. I was also told that former UC standout Mike Mickens could wind up doing the same.

The first nine periods of the day were basic individual position drills. During the running back agility drills, Isaiah Pead looked as quick as ever and ready for the season. Also, while the linebackers were working on basic stances and drills linebackers coach John Jancek summed up the day best by saying "Today is a very important day, we're establishing our foundation."

While today wasn't the most exciting day on the field, we did get our first look at some of the freshmen. I watched the quarterbacks throw some passes and both Cody Kater and Munchie Legaux looked to throw some nice balls. The one thing I noticed what that Legaux looks to have a bit of a windup to his throws, something I'm sure the staff will look to cut down in order to quicken his release.

In the seven-on-seven drills, neither of the freshmen got many reps but did complete all of their attempts.

In the spring the Bearcats sustained some injuries, most notably to Pead, John Goebel, C.J. Cobb and Jamar Howard. All of whom participated fully in practice today and Butch Jones said after practice that all were at full speed and good to go. Also Doug Pike participated today.

When the special teams were being worked on Vidal Hazelton, D.J. Woods and Thompkins fielded most of the punts. Freshman punter Patrick O'Donell boomed a few nice high, deep punts but also shanked one or two.

The offense mainly worked on running plays when they did team drills, while the defense worked on formations and its basic 4-3 package and adjusting to offensive shifts.

Despite the heat there looked to be only one heat related casualty, which speaks highly of the Cincinnati offseason conditioning program.


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