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Deyshawn Bond Could Play; But Will Not Start The Ohio State Game

Reserve center Dominic Mainello will get his second consecutive start at the position.

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From the Enquirer

Regular UC center Deyshawn Bond (knee) and right tackle Cory Keebler (lower leg) did not play against Miami last Saturday. This week, Keebler is probable and Bond's status is uncertain. Dominic Mainello will start again at center for UC.

Mainello was OK for the Bearcats in the Miami game, but not having Bond at full go or potentially not available at all is undoubtedly a blow. That being said having Keebler back is huge for this front because it restores some of the depth that Darren Hiller craves.

It's interesting that the preceding quote came from an article that is all about the Bearcats continuing to push the pace against the Buckeyes. Not having Bond in the game probably played a part in UC playing so much slower than they did in the Toledo game. After getting off nearly 3 snaps a minute against the Rockets the Bearcats could manage only 2.5 against Miami. Part of that problem has already been laid out before, the Bearcats troubles on first down. But being down two regular rotational cogs up front certainly hurts. With 9 guys healthy and ready to go an offense can put the hammer down. With just seven like the Bearcats had against Miami you have to tap the brakes a bit. Hopefully Deyshawn is good enough to go and the Bearcats can really put the hammer down.