Butch spreads the word on LeFevour

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on September 6, 2010 – 12:28 am

What about Butch Jones, the University of Cincinnati’s tireless head coach?

After a cross-country trip to Fresno State for a loss in his debut, Jones emerged Sunday night from the bunker rasping enthusiastically about the newest Bengal. Jones and rookie quarterback Dan LeFevour were quite a duo at Central Michigan last season.

As Jones put the finishing touches on a resume that got him the job at Big East champion Cincinnati, LeFevour capped a run that got him drafted by the Bears in the sixth-round after he became the only player in NCAA major school history with more than 12,000 career passing yards and 2,500 career rushing yards.

“He’s great athletically, but he’s also very cerebral,” Jones said Sunday night. “I talked to him and he’s very excited to be coming to a great organization where the expectations are so high. And he knows the opportunity to work with a quarterback like Carson Palmer is going to really help him.”

Jones has no doubts that a spread quarterback can make it in the NFL. LeFevour admits the transition from the shotgun to under center has been tough, but Jones says it can be done.

“We taught The Spread with pro concepts,” Jones said. “We talked about rhythm, timing, spacing. I don’t think there’s any question that you can make that jump. And Dan is a guy that is going to work at it and study it. He’s a smart guy.”

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