A Luau party with the coaches is scheduled for Saturday, August 20th. BCU Wildcats’ Fan Day is scheduled for Sunday, August 21st. But it seems that the Wildcats should schedule another special event this week; the Big Reveal. BCU kickoff the 2011 football season in two short weeks; yet Brian Jenkins continues to remain mum regarding who will replace Matt Johnson as the starting QB; he has yet to reveal who will serve as the team’s offensive coordinator; nor has coach Jenkins provided much insight regarding the team’s depth chart or development of new players. Should this be cause for concern amongst the BCU faithful? Absolutely not!
If Brian Jenkins has proven anything in his brief tenure as head coach, it’s his commitment to remain tight-lipped regarding the status of his team. “We’re a work in progress”, “we’re still trying to get lined up right”, “we’ve got a long way to go”, “we just want to field a competitive team”. Coach Jenkins has used these and other similar phrases in describing his team since camp began. I am sure there is some truth to Jenkins’ statements. After all, camp began less than two weeks ago. But judging by the number of talented/productive players returning to this year’s team, the infusion of several highly touted FBS and JUCO transfers, as well as what I personally witnessed during several practice sessions; I think at minimum, the Wildcats can expect to field a competitive team.
Many FCS pundits and BCU fans alike are anticipating success for this year’s squad. The Cats received the most first place votes at the recent MEAC
Media Day Luncheon. BCU is also the top ranked team in the Heritage Sports Radio Network’s Black College Football poll. Translation, this year’s Fighting Wildcats squad will be the hunted as opposed to the hunter.
The overall talent level of the 2011 team is greater than that of last year’s squad. Whether the Cats can translate that improved talent into improved on the field success is a question remaining to be answered. We’ll get our first glance at the defending Black College National Champions on September 4th at the Florida Citrus Bowl against SWAC foe Prairie View A&M. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. The contest will be broadcast live on ESPN.
Coach Jenkins has stated that last year’s success was rewarding, but not fully satisfying. Let’s hope that the 2011 squad can quench their leader’s thirst and improve upon last year’s 10-2 record and first playoff appearance since 2003.
Other Camp Notes
-No major injuries have occurred during camp according to sources.
-Kudos to Dan Ryan and the BCU Sports Information Department for providing daily camp updates on the school’s athletic website.
-BCU concluded their final chaos practice on Friday, August 19th.