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Jake Golic Will Rejoin The Cincinnati Bearcats

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Golic was a graduate transfer from Notre Dame a year ago who started fall camp but left the team due to lingering back issues. He went to Colorado to receive treatment for his back and appears to be ready to go this year.

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"I thought it was time to call it quits, but then I went out to Colorado and got a new stem cell procedure done," Golic told The Enquirer on April 5. "After a couple months, I feel like a million bucks."

What does this mean for the Bearcats this year? Hard telling. At the very least he gives the Bearcats a little bit more depth at tight end. UC returns one player with a catch to his name at the position, DJ Dowdy. Tyler Cogswell is a name for the future, but he will be just a red shirt freshman this year which makes projecting his production difficult. Those two seem to be the only guys the coaching staff is comfortable with in a front line role. At the very least Golic gives the Bearcats a guy who has real live college football experience incase Dowdy or Cogswell go down, which is valuable in its own right.

However the simple fact of the matter is that there will be far fewer opportunities for multiple tight ends to get on the field this year compared to last. Even last year the offense didn't really work whenever Gran tried to get big. This year the problem is amplified because of the Bearcats insane depth at wide receiver. Everytime Gran choses to take one of his receivers off and replace him with a tight end the opposing DC will jump for joy. That is nothing against Dowdy, Cogswell and I guess Golic now. But no one on the schedule is going to be that concerned about the Bearcats ability to get big and grind out drives on the ground.  Those same coordinators will live in a state of panic about the Bearcats receivers.