Nearly every Big East team has broken camp. So what are the unanswered questions remaining with less than two weeks before the season begins? We start taking a team-by-team look with Cincinnati.
The Bearcats have two days left of camp at Higher Ground in Indiana. But there are several questions that will not be resolved until the opener against Austin Peay.
1. Who will be kicking? Coach Butch Jones would like to make a decision soon, but is disappointed that nobody has stepped up to take the job. The competition between transfer Shane Popham and Tony Miliano has been up and down. They do fine in no-pressure situations. But in pressure situations, neither player can make a kick. Popham transferred in from Wake Forest, where he kicked and was a three-year starter at punter. But he lost his starting kicking job in 2009 and never got it back. Miliano is a freshman who has never kicked in a collegiate game. The two are trying to replace Jake Rogers, who made 11 of 14 kicks last season and missed two extra points.
2. Who is the backup quarterback? Jones said Monday he would make that decision the week of the game, but added, "It's going to be an ongoing process through the course of the season." That means neither Munchie Legaux nor Jordan Luallen has stepped up as the solid No. 2 choice behind Zach Collaros. Brendon Kay, who also has been in the competition, has a sore arm and is expected back "in a week or two." Because the Bearcats open with an FCS opponent, that could be an opportunity to get both Legaux and Luallen into a game situation in the second half.
3. Starting right guard. Andre Cureton and Austen Bujnoch are locked in a competition for that job. Cureton has done a terrific job getting in shape, dropping 60 pounds. He is under 300 pounds for the first time in three years. Bujnoch has the inside track, but Cureton has turned heads during camp.