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Cincinnati Bearcats preseason news and notes

The Tommy Tuberville era continues for the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Fresh off a seven-win season and a loss in the Hawaii Bowl, the Bearcats look like an interesting risky odds play at, where the buy-in cost gets dwarfed by the payout if the team can put it all together and compete in the conference.

Easier said than done, of course, with questions about the defense and quarterback lingering. Here’s the latest.

Wideouts Seizing the Moment

What gets lost in talk about Cincinnati’s quarterbacks and defense is the fact the Bearcats lost their top five wideouts from a year ago.

It sounds terrible, but guys like Nate Cole and others continue to fly around camp and make plays, suggesting the Bearcats are like many other programs that are capable of simply plugging and playing guys. The timing and spacing-based offense hasn’t shown much of an issue despite new names on the outside of the attack.

Correcting Turnovers Continues to be the Focus

Tuberville isn’t shy about telling anyone who will listen that the Bearcats should have won 10 games last year were it not for a silly amount of turnovers.

Whether right or wrong, the coaching staff has focused on ball security as a major focus of camp, making everyone from the young players to veterans run extra drills to stress the point. By the time the season rolls around, it’s hard to imagine the Bearcats will have the same issue two years in a row. If they do, well, it’s clear Tuberville isn’t shy about benching players.

Quarterback Competition Update

The quarterback competition in Cincinnati has turned out to be a three-man race.

Gunner Kiel remains the obvious favorite if he can stay healthy. But Hayden Moore looked great last year in relief and Ross Trail turned many heads in the team’s spring game, adding another factor to the equation. In an idea world, Kiel wins out. Either way, the Bearcats need to figure out who it is quickly so the quarterback can develop time with the new set of wideouts.

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