(Courtesy UC Magazine)
If there’s one major difference between Tommy Tuberville and Butch Jones it’s that we no longer have to comb through line after line of coach speak to understand what the hell is happening with the team. In that respect, this hire has been a monumental success. Tuberville’s an old school guy and as a result he brings a no bullcrap attitude to the podium when addressing the media. He fields a question, he answers it, he moves on. Simple.
So it’s no surprise that we’ve learned quite a bit about the state of this football team heading into game one against Purdue.
- Center Dan Sprague is out for the season. Absolutely heartbreaking news for a senior heading into his final year as a Bearcat. So redshirt freshman Deyshawn Bond will be shouldering the load for presumably the entirety of the 2013 season. Hopefully he’s up to the task.
- Otherwise a very healthy camp. With the depth on this team, the Bearcats could have afforded to lose a couple of guys over the last few weeks but obviously you never want to see players go down with injuries.
- Cincinnati will go 3-deep at most positions but expect to see this along both lines as well as amongst the wide receivers and runningbacks. Again, UC’s depth is amazing this season.
- Lots of unknowns with Purdue given their changeover at the coaching position.
- Tuberville is concerned over the health of both Brendon Kay and Munchie Legaux although that is only minor. He’s most worried about their consistency.
- UC’s new head coach clearly speaks highly of Legaux’s progress this year. If there’s one thing Cincinnati’s quarterback doesn’t lack it’s maturity and confidence.
- It will be runningback by committee between Ralph David Abernathy IV, Tion Green, Hosey Williams, and Rodriguez Moore. While there can be inconsistencies by having to adjust to different running styles overall it’s to UC’s advantage constantly rotating in and out at this position.
- The Bearcats will play 10 different wide receivers, 4 runningbacks, and 3-4 tight ends against Purdue. Again, depth depth depth!
- Tuberville is more comfortable with the football philosophy at Cincinnati, which is more similar to the culture in the South, than he was at Texas. The former is more balanced whereas in Texas it’s more focused around throwing the ball constantly. He had to have an adapt or die mentality at Texas Tech.
- The Bearcats will wear head-to-toe white (including helmets) as hinted in late July. Given a heat index pushing 100 degrees on the field this Saturday, this will only work to Cincinnati’s advantage especially considering Purdue will have to wear black and gold. Don’t stray from those misters, Boilermakers.
You can watch Tuberville’s press conference in its entirety here.