(Courtesy Sports Illustrated)
As training camps approaches, interest in Cincinnati’s first depth chart grows by the day. This is especially so with a new coaching staff coming in and making changes as they see fit. If you’ve noticed the countdown clock in the upper left corner, you know that the Bearcats’ first practice will be on August 5th with the team reporting on Sunday August 4th. So you can probably expect Tommy Tuberville’s first two-deep to be released a few days prior to that.
While we haven’t see even an initial depth chart to date, two position changes may have been leaked this morning. Tom Groeschen of the Enquirer wrote a nice piece about the UC players who are attending AAC Media Days. One thing caught my eye, however. Austen Bujnoch was listed as an offensive tackle, not offensive guard.
Since I first saw it this morning the article has been changed. He’s now listed as a generic “OL”. I promise you it read “OT” earlier and I’m kicking myself for not screen grabbing it.
But this just opens up a Pandora’s box of questions. Was there an actual move made? Is something going on with Eric Lefeld or Parker Ehinger? Is Austen Bujnoch’s best position really offensive tackle even though he’s been dominating at guard for so long? Has a younger player emerged at the offensive guard, forcing Bujnoch to shift over? Or was this just a simple typo on the part of Groeschen? My gut tells me the latter but who knows. We’ll just have to wait until early August to find out.
A more plausible offensive change appears to have been made with Deionte Buckley. It sounds like he has been moved to fullback.
S/o to Lonnie Pryor I’m bout to eat at yo position this year!!!
— BuckLegendary (@dbuck22) July 25, 2013
At Florida State, Lonnie Pryor played the role of “fullback” for the Seminoles. I put those in quotes because it wasn’t as a traditional lead-blocker as you’d see in the Big Ten. At FSU under Eddie Gran, the fullback was typically just a second option to carry the football in splitback sets. The best comparison I can think of that hits closer to home was when George Winn was the second back lining up across from Isaiah Pead in 2011. The only difference is that under Gran, the fullback is used much more widely in the offense than just blocking for the runningback; he would be equally as likely to carry the ball and make explosive plays. That’s what Buckley will be asked to do in this role for Cincinnati.