“I adapted better than I thought I would for the first day,” Luc told me. “It felt like it was my natural position. I’m not just saying that. The calls went well, I was getting the fronts right, and I feel comfortable. I feel like everybody on the defense was working with me and when you have amazing athletes around you, everything is a lot easier.”
Let’s hope the move to the interior of the linebacking corps helps Jeff Luc shine in 2014. He wasn’t fast enough to play on the outside with Greg Blair occupying the MIKE position but is more a downhill player and should theoretically adapt well to middle linebacker.
As it currently stands the Bearcats will have a bye during the first and second weeks of the season, making the week three tilt with the Toledo Rockets the first game of the season for UC. Making things worse the Bearcats third bye of the season is likely to come before the contest with Miami (FL), meaning that UC would have to play nine straight weeks to close out the season.
One of the problems with rejiggering your football schedule less than a year before the upcoming season is that it makes it difficult to get the ideal slate of opponents at the ideal times. That’s that situation Cincinnati is in now since they moved their game with Stony Brook to open the 2014 season in order to add a visit to Miami (FL), who will return the favor in 2015. Despite these issues, I’d take a visit from the ‘Canes in UC’s newly renovated Nippert Stadium any day of the week.
He worked hard while here. Hell, he dedicated himself to add muscle/weight this past off-season, and Coach Cronin sung his praises for all of his hard work.
Despite his size, Nyarsuk was mainly a role player for Cincinnati in his two years here. He didn’t see a ton of playing time but when he did, the 7’1″ gargantuan of a man gave 110%. And that’s all we as fans could have asked of him.
For many schools, a 2-3 start wouldn’t be cause for much optimism, but this is Cincinnati’s best start since 2010. And this team has played some very competitive baseball. Two of its losses came by one and two runs against an Elon club that stands 5-1 (with its only loss coming against No. 6 N. C. St). The other UC loss was 6-5 to Radford, in which the Bearcats rallied to score four runs in the final stanza. Neal believes his team is quickly learning how to compete.
The Bearcats have a new skipper in Ty Neal who is hoping to spark some life into a UC baseball team that hovered around mediocrity under Brian Cleary. Hopefully this program is upward trending.
The hitting began at spring practice yesterday:
And finally, part due of Chad Brendel’s interview with Sean Kilpatrick: