The Bearcats are back in action this Saturday and Butch Jones is accommodating (read: teasing) us with his weekly press conference. He answered a few questions from the media this afternoon. Below is a summary of the presser:
- Jones with a nice omage to September 11, 2011 to start it off.
- Typical coach speak recapping Pitt and emphasizing progress throughout the season, day-by-day, game-by-game.
- Wants more consistency in the passing game and tackling. 100% agree with this. Munchie missed a handful of easy passes that would have moved the chains and kept the momentum in Cincinnati’s hands. Also the front 7 left a lot to be desired in their basics of wrapping up. They are talented but need to finish plays.
- Jones giving Delaware State some respect. But we all know that’s just Butch bein’ Butch!
- Pleased with turnover ratio but wants to clean up mistakes (i.e. penalties).
- Some props for the blocking of the wide receivers. They really did a great job which broke open a number of plays for the Bearcats. With the way Cincinnati will run the ball this year blocking on the edge will be of utmost importance.
- Yes the defensive line was instrumental in great pass defense against Pitt. But I’ll have a breakdown later today of how they did on run defense. Jones paying special attention to Adam Dempsey who I think did a nice job on Thursday night.
- Butch Jones thinks Walter Stewart is amazing. That’s about it.
- Jones is very appreciative of the student body and general environment of Nippert Stadium on Thursday night. Wants that to be the norm for the entire 2012 season regardless of opponent.
- Some encouraging news health-wise about Dominique Battle, who may get back in the next couple of weeks, and Dyjuan Lewis, who has been given the green light to suit up for gameday. Butch will try to work him back into the lineup in the next few games.
- Butch closes by teaching the media a little about the spread offense and how Cincinnati differentiates their version of the spread from everyone else. He also emphasized run efficiency.
If you want to watch the full press conference you can view it here.