Back to basics in practice No. 13

Back to basics in practice No. 13

With only one more practice until Bearcat Bowl IV, Cincinnati kept it's 13th practice a little more low key than previous practices with less hitting than normal. The team went back to working on fundamentals on Tuesday.

The day consisted of a lot more individual position group drills and less full team drills. The linebackers and defensive backs spent a good amount of time working on shedding blocks and general form tackling, while the offensive and defensive lines worked on footwork and hand work.

The receivers had some struggles early, with Vidal Hazelton and D.J. Woods dropping some passes, but the two would redeem themselves later in the day. Armon Binns returned to full practice participation after resting a tweaked hamstring for a few practices.

In team drills, the defensive play of the day belonged to Maalik Bomar, who shot the gap to stuff a run on a third and goal situation to preserve the goal line stand.

Kenbrell Thompkins had another good day, highlighted by a deep catch down the sideline over Reuben Johnson. Johnson was in good coverage but Zach Collaros put the ball on the money, just past Johnson's reach and Thompkins hauled it in.

However the catch of the day belonged to Hazelton. The USC transfer had a leaping catch between two defenders and took quite a hit but held on to the ball.

The team did some work today on wide receiver handoffs and reverses as more of the offense continues to be installed. Obviously, the entire offensive playbook will not be installed over spring practices with the basic package being what will mostly be seen at the Bearcat Bowl.

After practice the receivers stayed and got extra work in, pushing the two-man blocking sled and catching passes from the Juggs machine.

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