Opening camp: Cincinnati


Schedule: Practice starts at 3:05 p.m. Monday. Team heads to Camp Higher Ground in Indiana after Thursday's practice.

What’s new: Butch Jones takes over for three-time Big East coach of the year Brian Kelly. The Bearcats will switch back to a 4-3 defensive alignment after a season in the 3-4.

Key battle: Cornerback. The Bearcats have a lot of competition for time in the secondary. Camerron Cheatham grabbed one of the starting cornerback jobs in the spring, but could be challenged by Reuben Johnson and Chris Williams in fall camp.

New on the scene: Vidal Hazelton is eligible after transferring from USC last summer. The wideout is expected to have a huge impact. Evan Davis replaces Chris Jurek at center.

Breaking out: Isaiah Pead averaged a whopping 6.7 yards per carry last season, but only had 121 rushing attempts. Now that he's the unquestioned starter, he should have a chance to put up really big numbers.

Don’t forget about: Ben Guidugli. Tight ends sometimes get lost in the spread offense, but the senior Guidugli is a real weapon in the passing game.

All eyes on: The defense. Again. The starters are fine, but there's precious little depth. And questions remain after the way the defense faltered down the stretch last season.

Quoting:"Right now, we're not defending anything. We're not defending a championship; we're pursuing a championship. Everyone's working to beat us." -- Butch Jones