Tag Archives: Mardy Gilyard

Facing a tough environment

(3:28 p.m.): The crowd at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday could present a problem for the UC football team. The fans are rowdy. They’re passionate. They’re liable to disrupt the opposing offense and intimidate the opposing defense.

If you were at the West Virginia game last season – Bearcats senior wide receiver Mardy Gilyard called it the loudest place he’s ever played – you’ll have a sense of what to expect when UC plays Oregon State at 6:45 p.m. ET on Saturday. But the fans in Corvallis might make it even tougher for the Bearcats than the Mountaineers followers did. These fans carry some serious vocal chords behind them.

Take it from somebody who knows: former USC and current Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga, who played in Corvallis twice in his career and lost both times.

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Silly answers to silly questions

(9:03 a.m.): WEST HARRISON, Ind. – At times during the UC football training camp at Higher Ground this year, I’ve been in kind of a silly/stupid mood – I always seem to get that like when I’m done eating my body weight in the cafeteria – and I decided to ask some silly/stupid questions to some members of the team.

I did the same thing last year during Media Day when I asked some Bearcats who their favorite teammate was and why. Here were the results of that poll (scroll to the bottom of the post).

Here were my questions this year: 1) Who is the funniest player on the team? 2) Who is the scariest player on the squad, the guy you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley? 3) What’s the one question/concern you have about this year’s team?

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Bearcats practice update 08-13

(2:49 p.m.): The Bearcats set a new record this morning. They practiced 33 periods (five minutes a piece) at Nippert today, the longest ever workout in the Brian Kelly era. They started at 10 a.m. and finished at 1 p.m. That is not a short amount of time.

It was long and pretty warm. But, with the exception of a few players (senior receiver Mardy “With a ‘D’” Gilyard and sophomore running back Isaiah Pead were two I saw fighting through cramps), the Bearcats seemed pretty well-hydrated and well-conditioned.

The first thing Gilyard thought when he heard the team was going to practice for so long: “I thought I left all that behind.”

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