Cincinnati Bearcats Link Jump Off | March 29th

10296278-large_medium

Follow Down The Drive on Facebook/Twitter and check out the DTD Store.

Jordan Luallen is going to be an X- factor for the Bearcats this year. It would be a stretch to say that in the wake of Isaiah Pead the Cats don't have any play makers. There are a host of players on the roster who have a wealth of ability to generate big plays, but little in the way of experience.

Jordan Luallen is one of those guys. He is in pretty rarefied air as an athlete on this team. There are a handful of guys who can match his overall athleticism. Dyjuan Lewis is probably closest. What is more Luallen has proven that he is capible of making big plays (and getting tackled by turf monsters) but still. Mike Bajakian and crew have to find ways to get him involved because he is such a match up problem.-

An early look at the Bearcats Special teams, which is a group that I feel pretty good about. One reason is that most everyone is coming back. All of the guys in the major roles will be back. Pat O'Donnell is still going to be booming 76 yarders for fun, Tony Miliano was good as a Freshman place kicker and is back. Ralph Abernathy IV is back returning kicks and (possibly) punts. And then there are the backups like Anthony McClung, Danny Milligan and so on and so forth.

The only pieces missing from the special teams two deep from the Liberty Bowl are Tom DeTemple at longsnapper and Orion Woodard as resident special teams demon/tackling machine. Those are pieces that need to be replaced, but everyone is back-

Another Reason To Hate The NCAA is not hard to find one. But NCAA president Mark Emmert has managed to do the impossible for me this week. He is making me wistfully remember the tenure of Myles Brand.

Brand at least had the decency to keep most of his crazy out of touch thoughts to himself. Emmert can't keep anything to himself and he is making what is already a difficult job, running one of the largest and most rampantly corrupt institutions in the sporting world and making it appear to be neither large nor rampantly corrupt or out of touch with reality.

In his comments about one and done players he is trying to come off as august and instead sounds like a fool. Emmert's stance this week is that he hates one and done players because the crotchety old guys in the media and in academia want him to hate the concept. But you know who doesn't want to do away with one and done players? Anyone in a position of power thats who-

Videos Of Interest



Et cetera

Baseball pounds Dayton 17-8, wins for the first time since March 11th....Bearcats world wide! dozens of past UC players are earning paychecks for their hoops skills all around the world...La Salle linebacker Joe Burger considering preferred walk on spot with UC...DePaul doesn't want to be DePaul like anymore considering building a new arena

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Down The Drive

You must be a member of Down The Drive to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Down The Drive. You should read them.

Join Down The Drive

You must be a member of Down The Drive to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Down The Drive. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker