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Cincinnati spring game review

Reviewing Cincinnati's Bearcat Bowl V from Saturday, which the defense won 63-53 in a modified scoring system:

Offensive MVP: Danny Milligan. The wide receiver/kicker caught two touchdown passes and kicked a 52-yard field goal. Milligan also had a huge spring game two years ago but has barely seen the field since.

Defensive MVP: Walter Stewart. A key player who has been converted to full-time defensive end this spring, Stewart registered three sacks on Saturday.

Not your average spring game: This was officially the spring game for Cincinnati, but the Bearcats will continue to practice for another week. Butch Jones put the team through a lot of different situations and even had some one-on-one battles. As such, there weren't the usual spring statistics from more game-like conditions. Still, Jones was encouraged by the play of the defense, which returns all 11 starters from last season's embattled unit.

Other notes: Stewart and defensive back Cameron Cheatham were named the most improved players of the spring. ... Receiver Kenbrell Thompkins was held out of the day's action because of a hamstring injury. ... Isaiah Pead had a fumble near his own end zone, a development the Bearcats don't want to see after last season's turnover-filled campaign.