For Abernathy, preseason camp looks to be giving him plenty of reps in a loaded backfield.
"For me and everyone on the team I feel camp is going pretty well," said Abernathy. "It's good to have the new coaches out here to get into the new offense and defense, so I think camp is going really well.
"When you get to camp the key is to keep grinding every day and try and get better every day."
Despite the changes at the helm of the Bearcats program, the junior from Atlanta, Georgia, knows players can only control a few things.
"As far as change, you can only roll with the punches," stressed Abernathy. "As a player you can only control two things, effort and attitude. As a player I try to come out here and just be excited and do whatever I can for the betterment of the team.
"We have a bunch of great coaches here and they are doing a great job of teaching us and showing us the different ways of playing the game while expanding our knowledge as football players. So it's great just having these coaches out here with us."
With head coach Tommy Tuberville ready to use several backs this season; Abernathy knows there is talent around him that can handle the load.
"I think every back we brought to camp this year is impressive" he said. "We've got Tion Green; you got Rodriguez Moore and Hosey Williams. Even Anthony King is doing a great job. So it's great when you have depth like that at the running back position because it's very rare you can have a running back that can go the length of the season without missing a couple games."
While some players set personal goals for touchdowns, yards or other areas, the veteran is not too worried about numbers that make him look good.
"For myself, my only personal goal is to do better than I did last year," said Abernathy. "If that means I score more touchdowns, have more yards, or even if I have a smaller role but help the team win more games that is fine with me. Just doing whatever I can do to help the team is my only goal."
In his third Camp Higher Ground session, Abernathy can't believe how fast time is going.
"It feels like it was only yesterday that I came out here for my first Higher Ground practice," he said with a laugh. "Time flies and you just have to roll with the punches."