Cincinnati Football: Scott Satterfield previews upcoming season as spring practice gets underway

Cincinnati first-year head coach Scott Satterfield looked ahead to the upcoming campaign as the Bearcats officially began spring practice on Monday afternoon at Nippert Stadium!

It’s hard to gauge which quarterback has an inside track to starting but the most likely outcome seems to be Ben Bryant or Emory Jones, with Evan Prater and Brady Lichtenberg also in the mix.

Satterfield has a tendency to lean towards dual-threat quarterbacks so Jones is the presumed starter but the others could certainly change that with an impressive spring performance.

The wide receiver room is another position to watch as transfers Sterling Berkhalter, Keyshawn Helton, Donovan Ollie and Dee Wiggins join junior Chris Scott and freshman Barry Jackson.

Cincinnati Football: Scott Satterfield previews upcoming season as spring practice gets underway

Make sure to check out the biggest storylines to keep an eye on as spring practice continues including an intriguing quarterback battle, plus offensive line and secondary questions.

With the Spring Game scheduled for April 15 at Nippert Stadium, the Bearcats coaching staff will look to make improvements as the inaugural Big 12 campaign quickly approaches.

Satterfield discussed the biggest storylines heading into spring practice, several injury updates and expectations for the Spring Game during a recent press conference per Cincinnati Athletics.

“I’m excited about getting ready to start spring practice for a lot of reasons. Our guys have been working really hard this offseason. I’ve seen a lot of gains in the weight room. We had 13 transfers and seven high schools players come in mid-term so we have some turnover on this team from last year. It will be interesting to see how those guys fit in. I’m also really looking forward to the competition that we’re going to have at every position. We told the guys when we got here and reminded them yesterday that every position is up for grabs. It’s going to make everybody compete and work hard. Ben Bryant has been participating in weights and some of the things we’ve been doing on the field. He is well ahead of his progression coming off his surgery in the fall but will not be 100 percent starting spring practice. We anticipate once we get back from spring break, that he will be close to 100 percent. Ryan Montgomery is coming back from his minor surgery and he’ll be limited starting practice as well. Keyshawn Helton will not be able to participate. He had a hip injury and was not cleared medically so he won’t do anything this spring. We finish out April 15 with our Spring Game. We’re looking forward to everybody coming out for that!”