The Cincinnati Bearcats got back on track last weekend with an impressive 38-20 win over the Temple. It goes without saying that the Owls are no litmus test for any team but it was encouraging to see the offense develop some rhythm and, outside of the first half, the defense continue its stifling ways. But no sooner can we relish that victory do we have to turn our attention to UConn. And as we do every week here on Cincy on the Prowl, we begin prep for this week by hearing from head coach Tommy Tuberville himself.
The notes from his weekly presser below. Another short one.
- Tuberville opened things up with a joke. Not a knock knock joke, which was mildly disappointing since those are the only ones I understand. But he had told Brendon Kay that this was the first time ever he’s had a quarterback named the special teams player of the week, referencing his great pooch punts from last Friday. Tuberville with a sense of humor!
- Temple was Cincinnati’s best game of the year on both sides of the ball aside from penalties and miss tackles. I agree wholeheartedly.
- UConn starting a freshman quarterback who’s making his second start of his career.
- The Huskies running game is dangerous.
- Emergence of Tion Green at runningback for the Bearcats will definitely help the offense, as he is a bigger player than Ralph David Abernathy and Hosey Williams and can contribute more on pass blocking.
- Now up to 12 surgeries this year. Wowzers. Tshumbi Johnson and Sam Geraci are the most recent Bearcats to go under the knife.
- Tuberville believes the fast paced offense helps the players keep their focus easier than slowing it down because they can’t think about what happened on the last play, good or bad. Cincinnati will implement the uptempo offense depending upon the opponent.
- Having Anthony McClung and Shaq Washington on the field at the same time creates huge mismatches for the defense to account for. Their playmaking abilities and athleticism means they can expose defenders in one-on-one coverage.
- Was impressed with the offensive line and thought the uptempo offense really helped them because defenses have to play more vanilla to keep up with the pace.
- Tuberville pronounces “lollygag” weird.
- Brendon Kay took what the defense gave him, rather than forcing the football into places it shouldn’t go. That was definitely a big factor in UC’s success on offense against Temple.
- Tuberville notices the big crowds at Nippert Stadium during Cincinnati’s home games this year. He’s been impressed by it.
- Zach Edwards getting some love from Tuberville. The freshman got a pick on Friday and overall TT has been very impressed with him. It’s always a good thing to get in the good graces of the head coach.