Some (very) quick notes from Butch Jones's press conference earlier today.
--Butch is really hammering home on the youth of the team. While I can see his point. The roster is overrun with freshmen and sophomores, the two deep however is not. The defense in particular is Senior and Junior heavy. The only freshmen to see the field in the rotation for the Bearcats were, Trenier Orr and Silveryberry Mouhon, both guys are redshirts. There are a lot of Freshmen and Sophomores on this team, but they aren't being thrown into the fire en masse. That makes it a moot point from where I am sitting.
--Butch Jones is a coaches coach. Doing his best to make Delaware State seem like anything like the baby calf for ritual slaughter that they are
--Compares the Hornets QB Nick Elko to Teddy Bridgewater. Nicely played coach, you just made everyone spit out their drink.
--Butch is thrilled, obviously, with the depth of the defensive line. Almost, every defensive lineman on the roster got some reps against Pitt. The exceptions being the freshmen who are red shirting. More importantly no one played over 40 snaps on defense, Walter Stewart played the most at 37.
--Butch Jones tried to do a Brandon Mills impression. It did not go that well.
--Dominique Battle is making huge strides to get back and ready for game action. He will not be back this week. But keep an eye out for #9 in the Virginia Tech game. The bye week would give him a shot. I don't think he can unseat either Deven Drane or Camaron Cheatham as a starter, but having him back would be a lift for everyone.
--Dyjuan Lewis has been medically cleared. He will need some time to work into game shape.
--Butch was not at all happy with the tempo against Pitt. Only 59 plays against the Panthers. Ideally wants that number north of 70, closer to 80. Simply getting 10 or 20 more snaps per game would see a marked increase in offensive performance. I look for UC to put the hammer down against Delaware State, at least in the first half.