After a practice that saw the Bearcats work on the small things Brian Kelly talked about the week…
Calling All Quarterbacks
"We didn't do a lot with him (today)," said Kelly Tuesday. "We just wanted to get the arm to calm down a little bit. He knows our offense, and he knows what we need to do, so we'll take it easy with him and get him ready for Thursday."
That's not to say Kelly doesn't think his quarterback needs the practice.
"He had a lot of rust on him against UConn in the first half, so yeah he's going to need to get some reps," Kelly explained. "We'll make sure that we get him back to a level where he can lead our team."
The good news (if there was any) to take from Saturdays game is that Pike's left arm suffered no additional breakage.
"He's fine there, the X-rays are good," Kelly told us. "He lost some feeling with some numbness in there, so we wanted to go slow and gradually build that up. He's doing some exercises, gripping the ball, and doing those kinds of things. And he's doing all the mental reps, so we'll get him out here and practice him a little bit more tomorrow."
If Tony Pike can't go for any reason anytime Thursday night, coach Kelly won't be caught without an additional game plan and different package for the next man in, Chazz Anderson.
"We would do the same things we did at Marshall with Chazz (against USF)," said the coach. "We ran the football, play-action passed (against MU). We were expecting Tony to play the whole game (against UConn). And I'm not saying Chazz can't run our offense in that spread fashion, but it's not what he does right now as a red shirt freshman as well. We'll have a Chazz Anderson package and we'll have a Tony Pike package."
Despite the short week, coach Kelly and his coaching staff will be sure to have all members of his quarterbacks club ready for action if need be Thursday night, each one prepared with an individual game plan and package.
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