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Spring Practice: Day 2 Report

The Bearcat football team had approximately a three hour practice on Saturday. They were again in helmets and shorts.

Coaching Staff
As reported yesterday, Coach Elder was with the safeties today, and Coach Manning was with the running backs. Mike Mickens coached the cornerbacks, but when I spoke with Coach Jones after practice, he said he was hoping to have a new cornerback coach in place by Monday.

Recruits
There were a number of recruits watching Saturday’s practice including five signed players for 2012. The group included Caleb Stacey, Ryan Leahy, Kyle Williamson, Drake Bruns and Devin Bruns.

The star of the 2013 recruits watching practice was clearly Brant Gressel (DT) from Centerville High School. The 6-foot-2, 278 pounder received a UC offer to go with eight others including ones from Louisville and Pittsburgh. Defensive tackle is a recruiting priority for UC in 2013.
Winton Woods’ head football coach, Andre Parker, had several of his players at today’s practice including Karon Poole (LB), the younger brother of Antonio Poole. Karon is a junior with no offers to date. Karon is smaller than Antonio. Another interesting prospect was Mike Tyler (TE/DE/OLB) from Brecksville Broadview HS near Cleveland. The 6-foot-5, 215 pounder has been getting a lot of interest but no offers yet.

Quarterbacks
The quarterback play might have been described as dreadful on Saturday. Munchie Legaux was again taking the No. 1 reps, but the junior-to-be was again inconsistent often overthrowing receivers with his passes. He got picked once, but he really should have been intercepted twice. On a positive note, Legaux did have one excellent throw down the right sideline when he connected perfectly with Thompkins, who had beaten the defender.

Unfortunately, I didn’t think Brendon Kay was any better as the fifth year senior struggled with his accuracy and was twice intercepted.

As was the case on Thursday, Patrick Coyne took the No. 3 reps. Coyne, who has a great arm, needs to become less of a thrower and more of a passer. He needs to develop more of a touch rather than always gunning the football at his receivers.

Bennie Coney and Trenton Norvell got a few reps as they continue to try and learn the offense. Both the true freshmen showed some flashes in their limited attempts.

Offense
With Sean Hooey being limited as he recovers from an injury, Parker Ehinger again got the No. 1 reps at RT while Eric Lefeld manned the LT spot. Cureton and McClellan played the guards with Sprague at center, but Kevin Schloemer is making an impression. More on that tomorrow.

Both Sprague and Sam Longo have done well with their snaps.

True freshman Deionte Buckley found some running room on several plays today. That kid has huge calves.

Defense
Malcolm Murray picked off Brendon Kay in a team drill, and Pat Lambert did the same a couple of plays later. Even though Drew Frey was at today’s practice, he didn’t take any team reps. Lambert got all the first team action at strong safety.

Arryn Chenault dropped an interception on a bad throw by Legaux, but Munchie was intercepted when Chris Williams had a pass go into and out of his hands with Cam Cheatham catching the batted ball.

Roney Lozano got some attention when he did a good job breaking up an inside screen.

Brandon Mitchell got into the first scuffle of the spring when he and walk-on Kyle Kephart faced off briefly.

Pro Day
Tom DeTemple did not attend Cincinnati’s Pro Day on Friday because he was at a free agent camp. I believe the camp was in Arizona.

Upcoming
-I’ll have reaction from Coach Jones after two practices.
-I’ll have reaction from local recruits about playing for UC.
-I plan to have some reaction from Brant Gressel after he received a UC offer today.

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