Posted: 10:05 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013
By Matt Opper
In a 160 play scrimmage it took all of 1 play for the offense to get one over on the starting defense when Brendon Kay went up top to Chris Moore for 75 yards and the score. Moore caught the ball down the middle, shook a defender, and took it 20 yards for a score. Kay added another touchdown during his time running the ones.
Moore is looking more and more like the Parade All American he was coming out of Jefferson High School in Tampa. Right now it is very hard to talk about the Bearcats with anyone without them telling you how much Moore jumps out at them. I wouldn't be shocked to see him come up with a monster year and give the Bearcats their first 1,000 yard receiver since Armon Binns.
For what its worth Munchie Legaux had a solid day running the two's. He had two TD passes and a rushing score. Bennie Coney ran with the 3's, and he was incendiary in that setting with four TD's, including two to JUCO wide out Johnny Holton. I still think Coney laps Munchie.
The defense had some issues, but Tuberville loves his linebackers, unsurprisingly so.
"I thought we did pretty good. I thought our linebackersplayed with confidence. Our defensive ends are in pretty good shape. Our secondary, we got burned a couple of times but we’re trying different combinations."
Hearing Tubs say he thinks the ends are in pretty good shape is a relief. That is the one of the personnel areas that was circled as being very important for this team to play well. Putting pressure on the passer was a sore spot last year after Walter Stewart went down for the year. The ends holding up against Parker Ehringer and Eric Lefeld bodes well for them. Its unlikely that Cincinnati's ends will play against a better set of tackles this year.
One more tangent, from Tubs interview on gobearcats.com, Greg Blair played the Belk Bowl at 270 pounds. 270. He had 15 tackles, .5 TFl and a massive forced fumble playing 30 pounds above his ideal weight. He is down closer to 245 this year. Not saying he will break it, but Mike Brookins 186 tackle single season record could be in play.