EKU announces 2015 football schedule

December 18, 2014

Eastern Kentucky University released its 2015 football schedule on Thursday.

The Colonels, 9-4 in 2014, will play a pair of FBS teams in North Carolina State and Kentucky.

Five of EKU’s 11 games will be played at Roy Kidd Stadium.

For the third year in a row, the Colonels will open the season on a Thursday night, playing host to Valparaiso on Sept. 3.

Next up will be a road trip to North Carolina State on Sept. 12.

EKU will begin Ohio Valley Conference play on Sept. 26 with a home game against Austin Peay. The Colonels have won 14 straight meetins against the Governors at Roy Kidd Stadium.

Eastern will make the short trip up Interstate 75 on Oct. 3 to take on UK.

The full schedule:

Sept. 3 – Valparaiso – Roy Kidd Stadium

Sept. 12 – at NC State – Raleigh, N.C.

Sept. 19 – OPEN

Sept. 26 – Austin Peay* – Roy Kidd Stadium (Family Weekend)

Oct. 3 – at Kentucky – Lexington, Ky.

Oct. 10 – Tennessee Tech* – Roy Kidd Stadium

Oct. 17 – at Southeast Missouri* – Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Oct. 24 – Tennessee State* – Roy Kidd Stadium (Homecoming)

Oct. 31 – at Jacksonville State* – Jacksonville, Ala.

Nov. 7 – UT Martin* – Roy Kidd Stadium

Nov. 14 – at Murray State* – Murray, Ky.

Nov. 21 – at Eastern Illinois* – Charleston, Ill.

Boldface denotes home game ~ Asterisk (*) denotes OVC game

Ky. Pro Football Hall of Fame shindig June 20

June 13, 2014

From the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame …

Golfers are invited to play with some of the NFL’s greatest players from Kentucky as the Class of 2014 is inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame on June 20.

The golf outing will take place at Covered Bridge Golf Club in Sellersburg, Ind., with team entries set at $2,500 and $5,000. All proceeds benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital’s Congenital Heart Center. To register, call (502) 629-8060.

The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame celebration will take place at the Brown Theatre in Louisville, June 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $25 and may be purchased online at www.HelpKosairChildrensHospital.com. Click on “fundraising events.”

Lexington businessman Frank Minnifield (Henry Clay High School, University of Louisville, Cleveland Browns) will receive the eighth annual Blanton Collier Award for Integrity, an honor named after the former University of Kentucky and Cleveland Browns coach. The award recognizes individuals who have shown outstanding integrity on and off the field. Minnifield, 54, started and grew a successful home-building business. He was the first African-American executive on the Lexington Chamber of Commerce board of directors and was elected chairman of the University of Louisville board of trustees in 2011.

“Frank Minnifield lives out our father’s belief you can accomplish anything so long as you do not care who gets the credit, which explains why he was so surprised to be nominated for this award,” said Dr. Kay Collier McLaughlin, daughter of Blanton Collier, speaking on behalf of her family, the Blanton Collier Sportsmanship Group and the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame board. “Frank is a visionary and humanitarian who almost single-handedly created the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame to benefit children in the commonwealth.”

The class of 2014 inductees include:

Sherman Lewis of Louisville (Manual High School 1960, Michigan State ’64), who coached with the San Francisco 49ers (1983-91), Green Bay Packers (1992-99), Minnesota Vikings (2000-01) and Detroit Lions (2002-04).

Elvis Dumervil of Miami (Miami Jackson H.S. 2002, University of Louisville ’05), who played for the Denver Broncos (2006-12) and Baltimore Ravens (2013-present).

Larry Seiple of Allentown, Pa. (William Allen H.S. 1963, University of Kentucky ’67), who played and coached with the Miami Dolphins (1967-78), Detroit Lions (1980-84), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1985-86) and Dolphins (1988-2000).

Mark Clayton of Indianapolis (Cathedral H.S. 1979, University of Louisville ’83), who played for the Miami Dolphins (1983-92) and Green Bay Packers (1993).

The Centre College team from Danville also will be inducted.

Proceeds from the celebration and golf outing will support the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Norton Kosair Children’s Hospital and its Brave Hearts, a support group of local families united by their children’s fight for life after being born with complex congenital heart defects that require heart surgery.


Kentucky Pro Football Hall names inductees

January 31, 2014

The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame announced it 2014 inductees Friday at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville.

They are former Manual and Michigan State running back Sherman Lewis, who served on the coaching staffs of the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions; former Louisville defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil, formerly of the Denver Broncos and now with the Baltimore Ravens; former Kentucky and Miami Dolphins star Larry Seiple, who later coached with Detroit, Tampa Bay and Miami; and former Louisville and Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers receiver Mark Clayton.

In addition, the Centre College football team will be inducted.

“We take delight in remembering that Centre was, in fact, a national power in collegiate sports between 1917 and throughout the 1920s,” said Dr. John Roush, president of Centre. “Bo McMillan and several of his teammates were among the best football players in the country during that time, and Centre’s 1921 team of C6HO fame stands as an important part of the college’s story as a place where extraordinary things occur on a regular basis.”

Frank  Minnifield, out of Henry Clay and the University of Louisville and a former cornerback for the Cleveland Browns, will receive the eighth annual Blanton Collier Award for Integrity, named after the former UK and Browns coach.

The official induction ceremony weekend will take place in Louisville with a ring ceremony on Friday, June 19, followed by a golf-outing fundraiser at Covered Bridge, and the awards banquet at the Brown Hotel on Saturday, June 20.

Proceeds will support the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Norton Kosair Children’s Hospital and its Brave Hearts, a support group of local families united by their children’s fight for life after being born with complex congenital heart defects that require heart surgery.

EKU would use trick punt again in right circumstance

September 25, 2013

Facing fourth-and-4 in the fourth quarter, Eastern Kentucky’s Jordan Berry dropped into punt formation Saturday at Morehead State.

Rather than kick away, though, the Australian executed a soft rugby-style kick to Trey Thomas, a defensive back who lined up as a wideout. Thomas snagged the kick and ran for a first down.

EKU Coach Dean Hood had researched the play and, yes, it is legal for either team to advance the ball when a punt does not cross the line of scrimmage.

EKU went on to score, increasing its lead to 49-24 en route to a 56-24 win.

Might the Colonels run the same fake again?

“If they don’t cover the wideout,” Hood said with a smile. “That’s the thing. I’ve had a lot of people ask ‘why’d you do that when it was that late in the game?’ I didn’t call that.
“That’s a check for us. If we put two wideouts out there and they only put one guy out there to cover him, our kids check to that. Now, they don’t always check to that because sometimes I’m in control. When I just call a formation and a protection, that’s on them — if they don’t cover the wideout, we check to it.”
Hood said the Colonels have worked on the play for two years, first with Berry throwing the ball. It was Berry’s idea to kick the ball because he was quicker and more accurate that way.
Hood said Berry was timed at 2.4 seconds when throwing the ball, 1.9 when kicking it.
“It had to be the perfect situation,” Hood said. “It had to be they (the players) had control of the call, meaning I just called a protection and a formation, and they check it if they look out and they’ve got it uncovered.”

EKU picked 2nd to Eastern Illinois in OVC football

July 22, 2013

Eastern Illinois has been tabbed the favorite to win the Ohio Valley Conference football title, followed by Eastern Kentucky.

Results of the poll of league head coaches and sports information directors were released Monday at Nashville during media day activities.

Eastern Illinois picked up 12 of 18 first-place votes and totaled 122 points. EKU netted four first-place votes and 114 points. Tennessee State had the other two first-place votes and ranked third with 90 points. Then came Jacksonville State (87), UT Martin (78), a tie between Murray State and Tennessee Tech (53), Southeast Missouri (35) and Austin Peay (16).

Eastern Illinois senior wide receiver Erik Lora was selected as Pre-season Offensive Player of the Year, while Tennessee State junior cornerback Steven Godbolt III was named Defensive Player of the Year.

Tennessee State topped the pre-season all-conference team with seven picks, followed by Eastern Illinois with six and EKU with four.

All four of the Colonels named play defense — lineman Shawn Shupperd, linebackers Anthony Brown and Ichiro Vance, and back Brandon Stanley.

Murray State’s Walter Powell was selected all-conference wide receiver and as return specialist, and teammate Jaamal Berry was picked at running back.

OVC pre-season football poll

1. Eastern Illinois (12 first-place votes) 122 points; 2. Eastern Kentucky (4) 114; 3. Tennessee State (2) 90; 4. Jacksonville State (87); 5. UT Martin 78; 6. (tie) Murray State and Tennessee Tech 53; 8. Southeast Missouri 35; 9. Austin Peay 16.

OVC pre-season all-conference


QB — Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
RB — DaMarcus James, Jacksonville State
RB — Jaamal Berry, Murray State
WR — Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois (Player of Year)
WR — Walter Powell, Murray State
TE — A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State
C — Demetrius Rhaney, Tennessee State
G — Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State
G — Collin Seibert, Eastern Illinois
T — Ben Stansfield, Austin Peay
T — Tarik Milner, Jacksonville State
T — Wesley Sherrill, Tennessee Tech


L — Pat Wertz, Eastern Illinois
L — Shawn Shupperd, Eastern Kentucky
L — Antonio Harper, Tennesse State
L — D.J. Roberts, UT Martin
LB — Anthony Brown, Eastern Kentucky
LB — Ben Johnson, UT Martin
LB — Ichiro Vance, Eastern Kentucky
LB — Nick Thrasher, Tennessee State
B — Nick Beard, Eastern Illinois
B — Steven Godbolt III, Tennessee State (Player of Year)
B — Brandon Stanley, Eastern Kentucky
B — Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State


K — Cameron Berra, Eastern Illinois
P — Chad Zinchini, Tennessee Tech
Returns — Walter Powell, Murray State




Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame adds 5

February 1, 2013

The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the names of
this year’s five inductees Friday during a press conference at the Brown Hotel in Louisville.

The five are Irv Goode, Coy Bacon, Otis Wilson, Chad Bratzke and Roman Oben.

In addition, the Kentucky Hall plans a new approach to the induction activities on Friday, June 28. Included will be a ring ceremony, Game Day Live Preview at Fourth Street Live – a free, public event on June 27 that will offer a taste of Game Day Spectacular, the official induction ceremony for this year’s honorees, to be held at the Louisville Palace. The induction ceremony will also feature a presentation of the Blanton Collier Award to brother/head coaches John (Baltimore Ravens) and Jim (San Francisco 49ers) Harbaugh, and their father Jack.

Tickets for the ceremony will cost $25, $50 and $75 and will be available online at a future date.

The Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville was chosen as this year’s beneficiary. Over the years, numerous football players have sustained spine and brain injuries, making the choice of the organization a natural fit as well as a personal one, according to Frank Minnifield, executive director of the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.

This year, Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame member George McAfee will also be honored during the Game Day Spectacular induction ceremony. McAfee was born in Corbin and played college football at Duke. He played running back for the Chicago Bears (1940-1941, 1945-1950). Nicknamed “One-Play McAfee” he was known for explosive speed.  He died in 2009.

Louisville head football coach Charlie Strong and Kentucky counterpart Mark Stoops will serve as event co-chairs.

Also, the 2012 All Commonwealth Collegiate Team was announced at the press conference, including Defensive Player of the Year Zack Autenrieb, and Offensive Players of the Year Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville, and Larry Warford of Kentucky.

The 2013 inductees to the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame:

Irv Goode
Goode was born in Newport and played college football for Kentucky. Drafted into the NFL in the first round in 1962, he played guard for the St. Louis Cardinals (1962-1971), Buffalo Bills (1972) and the Miami Dolphins (1973-1974). He was a Super Bowl champion with the Dolphins in 1973.

Lander McCoy (Coy) Bacon
Bacon was born in Cadiz and played defensive line at Jackson State. Drafted into the NFL in 1968, he played for the Los Angeles Rams (1968-1975), San Diego Chargers (1973-1975), Cincinnati Bengals (1976-1977), Washington Redskins (1978-1981) and the USFL’s Washington Federals (1983). He was selected for the Pro Bowl in 1972, 1976 and 1977.  Bacon was inducted into the American Football Association’s Semi Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986. He is being inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame posthumously.

Otis Wilson
Wilson played linebacker for Louisville after transferring from Syracuse. He was drafted in the first round of the 1980 NFL draft and played for the Chicago Bears (1980-1987) and Los Angeles Raiders (1989). He won a Super Bowl as a member of the 1985 Bears. That same year, he made the only Pro Bowl selection of his career, and was a featured soloist of the “Shuffling Crew” in the Bears video “The Super Bowl Shuffle.” He is the father of former Cincinnati Bengals running back Quincy Wilson. Otis Wilson was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Chad Bratzke  
Bratzke played for Eastern Kentucky University. He was named Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Kodak All-American.  Selected in the fifth round of the 1994 draft, he played 10 seasons in the NFL, five for the New York Giants (1994-1998) and five for the Indianapolis Colts (1999-2003). He signed as unrestricted free agent for the Giants on March 1, 1999. He was born in Waukegan, Ill.

Roman Dissake Oben
Oben played offensive tackle for Louisville, and was also a three-year letterman in track and field. He was picked in the third round of the 1996 NFL draft, and played for the New York Giants (1996-1999). He went on to play for the Cleveland Browns (2000-2003), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-2003) and San Diego Chargers (2004-2007). He was the starting left tackle on Tampa Bay’s 2002 Super Bowl  champion team. Oben has been inducted to the Athletic Hall of Fames at Gonzaga College High School, Fork Union Military Academy and the University of Louisville.

Final: Scott County 69, Henry Clay 34

October 5, 2012

Scott County finishes off Henry Clay 69-34.

Earlier action: Hunter Nelson’s 3-yard TD run with 6:24 left expands Scott County’s lead over Henry Clay to 69-34.

Through three quarters, Scott County leads Henry Clay 62-34.

Scott County, which has scored a touchdown on every possession, does it again. Clay McKee passes 20 yards to Thomas Daniel for a touchdown with 3:20 left in the third quarter. Scott County 62, Henry Clay 34.

Henry Clay scores on Elijah Bell’s 35-yard run. A two-point conversion pulls the Blue Devils to within three touchdowns. It’s Scott County 55, Henry Clay 34 with 9:26 left in the third quarter.

Scott County needs only 1:05 into the second half to score. Grayson Miller rumbles 26 yards with a fumble recovery. Cardinals lead Henry Clay 55-26.

Scott County and Henry Clay combine for three touchdowns in the final minute of the first half.

Scott strikes first as Clay McKee hooks up for a second time with Scott Daniel. This one, with 34.7 seconds left.

With 20.3 left, Henry Clay gets a 76-yard scoring play from Sammy Carter to Austin Black.

The Blue Devils successfully execute an onsides kick, then score on a 51-yard screen-pass play from Carter to Elijah Bell as time expires.

Halftime score: Scott County 48, Henry Clay 26.

Scott County scores its sixth touchdown of the first half with a 44-yard pass from Clay McKee to wide-open Thomas Daniel. With the PAT, the Cardinals lead Henry Clay 41-14 with 5:06 left in the half.

The points just keep on coming. Forty-seven seconds into the second quarter, Kevo Edwards’ 37-yard touchdown run makes it Scott County 34, Henry Clay 14. (PAT kick failed.)

At the end of the first quarter, Scott County leads Henry Clay 28-14.

Henry Clay strikes back with Elijah Bell’s 82-yard touchdown sweep around right end. A two-point conversion, with 2:39 left in the FIRST quarter, leaves it Scott County 28, Henry Clay 14.

After a Henry Clay punt, Scott County comes up with a long touchdown — a   72-yard pass play from Clay McKee to Scott Daniel. With the PAT, it’s Scott County 28, Henry Clay 6, 4:26 left in the first quarter.

Akil Christopher’s fumble recovery at the Henry Clay 20 leads to another Scott County touchdown. Dierries Dumphord gets his second TD of the game on a 3-yard run. With 6:33 left in the first quarter, it’s Scott County 21, Henry Clay. 6.

Jervon Christopher’s 82-yard kickoff return, the Henry Clay 11, sets up another quick score for Scott County. Kevo Edwards takes it in on a 4-yard run. Cardinals lead Henry Clay 14-6, 7:58 left in first quarter.

Henry Clay caps its first possession with a touchdown — a 3-yard run by DeArion Jones. A blocked PAT (by Keith Guy) leaves Scott County with a 7-6 lead, 8:51 left in the first quarter.

On the second play from scrimmage, Scott County’s Dierries Dumphord runs 41 yards up the middle for a touchdown. Palmer Ward’s PAT kick makes it 7-0, Cardinals over Henry Clay.

Pre-game: Getting set for a Class 6A district football game: Henry Clay vs. Scott County at Georgetown College’s Toyota Stadium.

Scott County, No. 6 in Dave Cantrall’s Rating the State, has won its last four games and is 5-1 overall. The Cardinals have won 10 in a row against Lexington teams.

Henry Clay has lost its last two games. The Blue Devils are 3-4 overall.

EKU punter Berry is OVC Co-Specialist of the Week

October 18, 2010

From Eastern Kentucky sports information guru Mike Clark

Eastern Kentucky University punter Jordan Berry

Eastern Kentucky University punter Jordan Berry

Eastern Kentucky punter Jordan Berry is Co-Specialist of the Week in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Berry, a redshirt Australian freshman from Essendon, Victoria — near Melbourne — punted six times for an average of 52.3 yards during EKU’s 10-7 loss at UT Martin.

Included was a 75-yarder to the Skyhawks’ 3-yard line early in the third quarter. That punt was 3 yards shy of the Colonels’ record, a 78-yarder by Bob Plotts in 1966.

Four of Berry’s punts landed inside the UTM 20-yard line. He also converted a fourth-and-11 play, avoiding a tackle near the first-down marker and gaining 14 yards.

EKU ranks second in the NCAA FCS with a net punting average of 40.9 yards.

Berry shares Co-Specialist honors with Eastern Illinois’ Rashad Haynes. He is the first Panther to return a punt for a touchdown in nearly six years, scoring on a 46-yard first-quarter runback against Tennessee Tech.

Other weekly awards go to Southeast Missouri’s Henry Harris (Offense), Tennessee Tech’s Caleb Mitchell and Marcus Edwards (Defense) and Tennessee Tech’s Jocques Crawford (Newcomer).

EKU (2-4 overall, 1-1 OVC) travels to first-place Southeast Missouri on Saturday, with kickoff set for 2 p.m. ET.

Cowboys paste Bengals 16-7 in exhibition opener

August 8, 2010

Dallas          3   3   3   7   — 16
Cincinnati    0   0   0   7   —   7

* Jordan Palmer’s 1-yard touchdown toss to Darius Hill with 51 seconds left averted a shutout. Dave Rayner’s PAT made the final score: Dallas 16, Cincinnati 7.

* With the two-minute warning approaching — the time when media heads to the locker room — Dallas continues to lead 16-0.

Mat McBriar’s punt to the Cincinnati 1-yard line led to the first touchdown of the season. With Jordan Palmer trying to connect from his own end zone with Jordan Shipley, Dallas linebacker Brandon Sharpe stepped in to intercept and return the ball 6 yard to the end zone. Buehler’s PAT gave Dallas a 16-0 lead with 9:23 left in the game.

* After an exchange of punts and the end of the third quarter, the Bengals finally mounted a drive. It ended, though, when Cordera Eason fumbled. Josh Brent recovered for the Cowboys on the Dallas 11, 13 seconds into the fourth quarter.

* Fifty-six seconds after missing a 49-yard field-goal attempt, David Buehler has nailed a 23-yarder to give Dallas a 9-0 lead. The Cowboys got the ball back when Jordan Palmer’s pass for Maurice Purify was intercepted by Brandon Williams near midfield and returned to the Cincinnati 9-yard line.

* Dallas kicker David Buehler was wide left on a 49-yard field goal with 9:59 left in the third quarter. The Cowboys still lead 6-0.

* Jordan Palmer has taken over at QB for the Bengals to start the second half, only to go three-and-out. FB Brian Leonard, injured late in the first half, is out for the rest of the game due to an injured left foot.

Bengals linebacker Michael Johnson, right, sacks Dallas' Stephen McGee during second-quarter play. (Photo by Mark Maloney)

Bengals LB Michael Johnson (93) gets a second-quarter sack of Stephen McGee.

* Another exchange of punts and an interception concluded a lackluster first half. The interception, with 18 seconds left, went to Dallas S Danny McCray on his own 14, grabbing a desperation J.T. O’Sullivan bomb intended for Andre Caldwell.

* Since Buehler’s second field goal, the teams have exchanged punts. The Bengals have just taken over on their 5-yard line with 2:33 left in the half.

* Official attendance at Fawcett Stadium is 22,364, a sellout.

* Several Cowboys are hurting: WR Titus Ryan (broken left thumb) is done for the night; the return(s) of TE Kevin Brock (left ankle sprain) and T Alex Barron (right ankle sprain) are questionable; TE John Phillips (right knee) has been taken to the locker room for further evaluation.

* Dallas has doubled its lead to 6-0, getting a 34-yard field goal by David Buehler. His kick capped an eight-play, 39-yard drive and came with 6:11 left in the half. Dallas used its third QB of the game to engineer the drive, Stephen McGee.

* After an exchange of punts, the Bengals have come up with the first turnover of the game. Dallas RB Herb Donaldson coughed the ball up and MLB Abdul Hodge recovered for the Bengals on the Cincinnati 24-yard line. However, the Bengals went backwards to the 4 and punted with 10:34 left in the half.

* The Bengals “skills” players apparently are done for the night. QB Carson Palmer, who has been replaced by J.T. O’Sullivan, finishes 2-for-5 for 18 yards. Both receptions were made by Terrell Owens. RB Cedric Johnson carried two times for 7 yards.

Jonathan Fanene got the Bengals’ first sack, a 7-yard drop of Jon Kitna, and forced a fumble. C Travis Bright recovered for the Cowboys. At the end of one quarter, Dallas in possession at its 41-yard line: Cowboys 3, Bengals 0.

* The Bengals’ second possession began with an 11-yard Palmer-to-Owens pass. However, Cincinnati then went 1-2-3 kick, with Palmer getting sacked.

* Kitna went 2-for-4 on the Cowboys’ second drvie, which ended with a punt.

* Bengals S Chris Crocker suffered an injury to his right ankle when the Bengals punted to end their first possession. He will not return.

* The Cowboys opened their second possession with a new quarterback — former Bengals passer Jon Kitna.

* Nothing doing on the Bengals’ first possession. They did pick up a first down on Carson Palmer’s first pass attempt, good for 7 yards to Terrell Owens. The Bengals soon punted.

* Dallas took the opening kickoff and drove 63 yards in 14 plays to score the game’s first points, a 20-yard field goal by David Buehler. The Cowboys were fortunate to get the points and the Bengals were just as fortunate to hold Dallas to only three points. On first-and-goal from the 5, Dallas running back Felix Jones fumbled. Leon Hall recovered for the Bengals in the end zone, but Jonathan Fanene had lined up offsides. Given another chance, first-and-goal from the 2, Cowboys QB Tony Romo threw three incompletions before Buehler came in. Dallas 3, Cincinnati 0 (9:25 left in first quarter).

The Cincinnati Bengals warm up at Fawcett Stadium. (Photo by Mark Maloney)

The Cincinnati Bengals warm up at Fawcett Stadium. (Photo by Mark Maloney)

Awaiting kickoff for the exhibition-season opener — the Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio — between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Dallas Cowboys.

• Cincinnati’s inactives: WR Antonio Bryant (knee); OT Andre Smith (foot); S Tom Nelson (knee); LB Rashad Jeanty (leg); FB Fui Vakapuna (shoulder); K Mike Nugent (groin/leg); CB Johnathan Joseph (thigh); RB Cedric Peerman (not specified); LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring); and DE Carlos Dunlap (concussion).in

With Vakapuna out, Louisville rookie Joe Tronzo will get the start at fullback. Adam “Pacman” Jones will start at cornerback in place of Joseph. And Michael Johnson will start at SAM linebacker in place of Maualuga.

• Dallas inactives will include DE Marcus Spears (knee); WR and No. draft pick Dez Bryant (ankle).
















The Dallas Cowboys prepare for Sunday's game against the Bengals. (Photo by Mark Maloney)

The Dallas Cowboys prepare for Sunday

Bengals training camp: Some like it hot

August 2, 2010
Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis makes a notation during Monday morning's workout at Georgetown College.

Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis checks his notes during Monday morning's workout at Georgetown College. (Photo by Mark Maloney)

Hot, humid, a bright sun. Perfect weather for … football?

That was Marvin Lewis’ take Monday at the Cincinnati Bengals’ Georgetown College training camp.

“It’s been pretty good,” Lewis said after the team’s seventh practice of camp. “I think the weather has been cooperating — hot and humid, and helps get us acclimated and ready for the season.”

Lewis gave the morning off to several players, including running back Cedric Benson. Dressed in jersey and shorts, as were all the Bengals, Benson merely watched. He’s scheduled to be back in the mix for Monday night’s workout.

“We’ve been able to give our players who need a little bit of some rest some much-needed … time off their legs at times,” Lewis said. “And some of the young guys, lean on them a little bit more to get them a little bit more reps. Guys that need to have a little bit more learning, getting that opportunity, so that’s a good thing.”

Lewis also had several of his veterans working at their “second positions” — spots where they may have to move later in the season in case of injuries.

Returning to action Monday was cornerback Leon Hall (back tightness) and guard Evan Mathis (calf). Still out due to pre-camp surgery and/or injury are safety Tom Nelson (knee), linebacker Rashad Jeanty (leg) and offensive tackle Andre Smith (foot). Rookie defensive end Carlos Dunlap also is out (concussion).

“Our tempo has been pretty good,” Lewis said. “Obviously there’s a couple plays that wane in there and I have to remind them about it. Because we seem to have a little dip every once in a while, which is natural and expected. But we’ve got to pick it up and get going — your tempo in and out of the huddle, getting to the line of scrimmage and the things we need to do.”

* Wide receiver Antonio Bryant, who gave up his No. 81 jersey to Terrell Owens, is wearing No. 19. However, Bryant likely will be wearing a number in the 80s before the season begins.