Football enjoys higher debut in 2022
Director / Strategic Brand Engagement
HARRISON WEST, Ind. –The Cincinnati football program kicked off its 24th Higher Ground fall camp on a warm, cloudy Friday morning, ceremonially beginning its quest for a third straight undefeated regular season.
Many familiar props returned to the fray, including the “six drums”, and new signage was revealed above the team headquarters (Fe2or Iron Sharpens Iron) and the field (Just be us and deserve nothing, earn everything).
“Higher Ground really sets the tone for the whole year,” said the junior center Jake Renfro said. “It establishes our tenacity, our mindset for the rest of the season and our competitive nature.”
Gino Guiduglientering his 10th training camp at Higher Ground and his first season as the Bearcats’ offensive coordinator and fifth overall, noted that despite losing nine NFL draft picks, including quarterback Desmond Cavalierthe return of all five starters from the offensive line is a good place to start.
“We have to replace some key positions, but any time you come back and you have five guys up front that you can lean on and rely on and relieve the new quarterback, it’s exciting,” he said. he declares. “Coach Fick is a big fan of that o-line during the program, and we had some guys up front and I can feel that. In a team meeting, I challenged them like, you’re the best o-line in the entire conference, now let’s try to be the best o-line band in the country.”
Besides the much-discussed quarterback battle, there’s also the return of tight ends from the Mackey Price Watch List Leonard Taylor and Josh Whyleas well as big game receivers Tre Tucker and Tyler Scottand a plethora of running backs like Charles McClelland, Ryan Montgomery, Myles Montgomery and transfer Corey Kinerwho played at LSU after playing at Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati.
“They’re all over the pitch, I mean it’s all over the pitch,” Guidugli said. “It’s the running backs, and we have a lot of talented receivers, and everybody wants to be the first two or three to walk down the field. Running back is another big point. Those guys are constantly being evaluated, we need to get some guys back healthy to get into the mix, the guys who are racing for us at the moment are doing a good job.”
// THE RETURN OF TY VAN FOSSEN
Van Fossen, a redshirt senior, had 10 career starts last year alone, totaling 70 tackles (seven for loss), including a career-high 11 against Tulsa. His three TFLs at South Florida tied a season high for the Bearcats.
The next two and a half weeks mark his fifth trip to Higher Ground.
“I think Higher Ground is something really special for us,” Van Fossen said. “Coming out here, there’s no distractions or anything like that. Not many people can do that, and it’s something where we can really come together as a team and become one, so week 1 when we go out over there, we are all fighting together.”
// JAKE RENFO ANCHORS THE VETERAN LINE
Cincinnati’s aforementioned offensive line familiarity begins with Renfro, voted the best at his position by AAC coaches. That unit allowed just 53 tackles for loss, which was seventh in the nation, while the Bearcats set school records for touchdowns (70) and runs scored (516).
// PRACTICE REPORT WITH DAN HOARD
Year 24 at Higher Ground is officially underway, and the #Cubs are back in the swing of fall camp once again. @Dan_Hoard caught up @CoachFick, @JakeRenfro_and @tyvanfossen after the first practice at West Harrison. pic.twitter.com/AAFCYAMlzy
— Cincinnati Football (@GoBearcatsFB) August 5, 2022
// FICKELL APPEARS ON SPORTSCENTER AND PARDON MY TAKE
The Bearcats continue to be a national brand that sports media across the country love to feature. The head coach Luc Fickel appeared live on ESPN SportsCenter and Barstool Sports’ top-rated podcast, Pardon my gripearlier this week to preview the start of camp.
“Teams that stick together, teams that work together…I think it’s the teams that end up playing together.”
— Cincinnati Football (@GoBearcatsFB) August 4, 2022
PMT 8-3 with @CoachFick is now online!
– Juan Soto is officially Padre
– The NFL is still king
– Mount Rushmore of fruits
– Hot Seat Cool Throne and more
DL R&S —-> https://t.co/Z03eJOfCl9 pic.twitter.com/V5W9ULljYN
– Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) August 3, 2022
// LET IT FLY SEASON 2, EPISODE 1 DEBUT
Cincinnati’s Emmy-winning football series Let It Fly kicked off season 2 on Thursday night.