Tommy Tuberville returns to Texas this weekend to face the Houston Cougars in a difficult game for UC. As the season winds down, UC’s strength of schedule ratchets up. It began last weekend with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Cincinnati’s first opponent with a winning record since the Reagan administration, and continues on Saturday with an even stronger team in the Cougars. Our prep for Houston, as it does before every opponent, begins with hearing from the big man himself. Here’s what Tuberville had to say.
- “Been a pretty good month for us so far” – I’d say…
- Practices have evolved from teaching technique to more game planning. So goes it during the evolution of a team under a new coaching staff.
- Houston has a lot of speed, supplied by a pipeline of fast Texas football players, and are a challenge to slow down let alone stop. Very similar to SMU, go figure, another Texas team.
- Like all Cougars quarterbacks it seems, John O’Korn looks like a seasoned veteran despite being so young.
- The John Lloyd fake punt was in fact that, a planned fake punt. Looked like a broken play but maybe it’s because Lloyd sold it so well. Either way, it sure worked out!
- “We’re nothin’ but thieves” – in reference to stealing that fake punt from a team that ran it on him years back.
- Tuberville gave a lot of props to the scout team players, who don’t get a ton of recognition and have the thankless job of running the opposing team’s offense and defense. He said after the Rutgers game he called them out for their ability to emulate the Scarlet Knights so well and get the Bearcats so prepared for what they were going to see on Saturday.
- On MeKale McKay, “he doesn’t look like he runs fast” but just is able to sprint by receivers. Plus the fact that he garners so much attention now, having safeties keep an eye on him, means that the slot receivers Shaq Washington and Anthony McClung have more opportunities to get open over the middle of the field. It’s the perfect situation for the Bearcats’ passing game.
- Tuberville loves the the Miami (FL) series and, like we all knew already, “big time” teams don’t want to play at Nippert Stadium where the Bearcats are undefeated against non-conference opponents since like 2003. The UC head coach thanks Miami for accepting the series.
As always, you can watch the presser in its entirety here.