Practice Day 8: No.2 QBs Get Their Chance

It was the first of two workouts on Tuesday, and the Bearcats used the morning practice to focus on individual drills and getting the second string quarterbacks some work with the first string offense.

Chazz Anderson and Brendon Kay took all of the snaps with the first team today to try and figure out who will backup starter Zach Collaros.

Kay made a beautiful pass to D.J. Woods for a touchdown in the situational 11-on-11 drills, but also threw a pass across his body on a roll out that he will not be able to make during live game action. Anderson was his usual self. He showed good speed in the pocket, but his throws didn't look as tight as Kay's.

Armon Binns made a pretty move to get open in front of Camerron Cheatham for a completion of 12 yards.

The offense started off the 11-on-11 very shaky by jumping offside two snaps in-a-row, but rebounded to dominate the defense for the majority of the drill.

Maalik Bomar had his bell rung by Jason Kelce on a screen pass that opened up the lane for Marcus "Bones" Barnett for a nice gain.

Linebacker Robert Martin made the best play of the day for the defense on a screen pass to the right side where he took a great angle to the ball and jumped just a second to late and managed to knock the ball down, but it should have been an interception.

Assistant coach Kerry Combs was all over defensive back Arryn Chenault for poor coverage, and his teammates joined in trying to encourage him to play better. Chenault wasn't the only one hearing from Combs on the day. He was in the ear of Adrian Witty and Reuben Johnson for not hustling and not listening to him when trying to correct their technique. The only player to draw praise from Combs was defensive back Quincy Quetant for playing solid defense in a one-on-one drill with the wide receivers. The rest of the day was spent on individual position drills.

Wide receiver Danny Milligan kicked some field goals and performed surprisingly well, while sophomore Pat O'Donnell took all the snaps with the punt unit.

The offensive and defensive linemen took part in a lot of one-on-one and scheme blocking drills. In the one-on-one drill, Cory Keebler and Eric Lefeld hooked up in a heated battle that ended with both of them on the ground.

The tight ends worked on blocking for a good portion of the practice, and Ben Guidugli had some fun with tight ends coach Mark Elder. During the drill, Elder wasn't looking and Guidugli put a block on him that ended with Elder on the ground doing backwards summersaults and many of the Cincinnati players getting a much need laugh. Elder was fine, but I'm sure he'll find a way to get back at Guidugli sometime soon.

In injury news, Vidal Hazelton sat out practice, but was in pads and no helmet. Head coach, Butch Jones, said he was fine and just had some muscle pain and it was a precautionary move. Dominique Battle did not participate in practice again, and spent another day on the sidelines working out his hamstring. Jones said Battle is progressing and expects him back within the next week.

The Bearcats will hold a scrimmage on Wednesday at Higher Ground that will feature the first stringers battling against each other. It will be the first scrimmage since the UC spring game.


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