In a day that was filled with rain, the Cincinnati Bearcats and head coach Butch Jones were forced to cancel their annual spring game and move inside their bubble for a practice.
Even though it was a day that a lot of people on campus were looking forward to, the Bearcats still have a lot to be excited about as spring practice concludes.
There were a lot of activities planned around the stadium before the game that also had to be cancelled.
Even though practice had to be moved inside, it was the culmination of a solid spring that saw some new names emerge, including Solomon Tentman.
Tentman was forced to sit out the entire 2010 season—his true freshman year—after completely blowing up his knee.
It was an injury that was supposed to be career-ending, but Tentman came back and saw limited action last season. With J.K. Schaffer now having moved on to the NFL draft, Tentman has emerged as the probable starter at the middle linebacker position.
A healthy Tentman could be a big boost to the Cincinnati defense, as a lot was expected when he entered the program two years ago.
Fellow linebacker Nick Temple has continued to arise and had an excellent camp. He is in line to start alongside Tentman and senior starter Maalik Bomar.
With a lot to replace along the interior of the defensive line, junior Jordan Stepp has progressed as the possible replacement for Derek Wolfe and John Hughes, who were both lost to graduation.
For a team that has a lot to replace on both sides of the ball, spring practice was a step in the right direction, particularly on the defensive side.
Hopefully it will be a sign of things to come for next season.