Training camp for the Cincinnati Bearcats at Higher Ground in West Harrison, Indiana is heating up. UC donned shells for the first time and are working in some preliminary contact drills. The Bearcats won’t go with full pads for another couple of days with the NCAA’s strict rules on getting the student athletes acclimated to an extensive collegiate practice slowly. Regardless, it’s clear things are heating up at Higher Ground, especially with JUCO transfer Sione Tongamoa, who’s native dance sent Cincinnati’s field house into a frenzy.
You can see that video at the end of this post but first some news and notes from day 3 of training camp.
- Munchie Legaux’s knee is at a self-proclaimed 90-95%. Obviously his attitude is outstanding and it’s great to hear his recovery is progressing smoothly. That being said, Legaux is still walking around with a brace on his knee and is probably quite a few weeks away from being physically capable of taking a live hit in the pocket. As such, I’m not sure at this point how much of an impact he will make this fall with the QB-1 spot secured by Gunner Kiel and Jarred Evans hot on his trail.
- Coverage of UC football keeps getting better and better, as exhibited by the full practice report on the team’s official website.
- The defense is ahead of the offense right now. That’s not unexpected with the kind of talent Cincinnati possesses on that side of the football and the coaches throwing new wrinkles at Gunner Kiel and the other quarterbacks. This isn’t necessarily indicative of what we might expect this fall, it’s day 3 of controlled practices after all, but certainly something noteworthy.
- Among those lesser-known players to keep an eye on thus far are Kevin Brown and 6’3″ cornerback JJ Pinckney, who apparently made some nice plays today.
Video time! First up is an interview with special teams coordinator Marc Nudelberg, who recently lived every graduate assistant’s dream by being promoted to a full-time role.
And of course, the Sione Tongamoa clip that you’ve been waiting for.