After some time off to collect their thoughts and focus on their sheer hatred of their rivals down the river the Louisville Cardinals, UC is back at it this week. It’s the final regular season game and the most important one to date. So you just know the players and coaches have buckled down over the last couple of days. Thankfully, Tommy Tuberville stepped away for a little bit to address the media and prep us for Louisville.
Here’s what the Bearcats head coach had to say today. His press conference went almost 26 minutes today! A personal best for Tuberville (I think).
- A lot of recruits will be at Nippert Stadium on Thursday night.
- Louisville is “a top ten team, a lot of speed, a lot of talent”. Also mentions that, like Cincinnati, the Cardinals “gave one away” in the middle of the season, albeit to a strong UCF team.
- Says Bridgewater reminds him of RGIII, as both were tabbed as running quarterbacks coming out of high school who developed into excellent passing quarterbacks who can stand in the pocket and hit receivers downfield.
- The Cardinals’ offense is “the complete package”. Yup.
- The Cardinals’ defense is “undersized in some areas” but has a “lot of speed”.
- Tuberville claims the coaches and players have a good idea of what they want to do on Thursday night but, as always, Cincinnati will have to execute.
- Two things have helped the Bearcats defensively. 1) UC has worked quite a bit of the younger players into the rotation to keep the players fresh and 2) they’ve stayed healthy.
- Ball control on offense has also assisted the defense by keeping those players from playing too much and getting worn down throughout the game/season.
- Speaks highly of freshmen defensive backs Zach Edwards and Mike Tyson. Says they have a very bright future at safety for the next three years for UC.
- Sort of interesting side stories heading into the game. Louisville head coach Charlie Strong and Tuberville both share Arkansas roots. They also coached against each other a few times in the SEC.
- Interestingly on the recruiting front, Tuberville mentions that some kids actually prefer leaving the recruiting hotbeds of the Southeast so they can enjoy the four-seasons of the Midwest and even experience snow. That’s definitely something I’ve never thought about as I always just assumed kids love warm weather.
- To prepare for Houston’s sloppy field conditions, they poured water on the football in practice that week to get the quarterbacks used to handling a wet football.
- Tuberville’s usage of the phrase “Toad Strangler” obviously caught the Cincinnati media off-guard. He explained that it’s in reference to the heavy rains that occur in the South that force toads to hold their heads above water because it’s so deep. I’m never going to get used to these Tubervilleisms.
- Perception is critical in college football and Cincinnati must take advantage when they are on as big a stage as they will be Thursday night.
As always, you can watch the presser in its entirety here.