Friday, April 23, 2010

Bengals Not Concerned By Dunlap DUI

The Bengals have been known to roll the dice on character issues in the past, but they talk like Carlos Dunlap is a sure thing. The Florida defense end missed the SEC championship game after getting arrested for a DUI. He was back for the Sugar Bowl against U.C. I remember Florida coach Urban Meyer going to bat for Dunlap big time at the Sugar Bowl. It is the only mark against Dunlap off the field. Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer said he is convinced Dunlap is not rife with character issues. Zimmer says Dunlap could use some maturity on the field, including during practice. But he thinks Dunlap is a solid kid and will not be a bad citizen. Zimmer and the Bengals may be right. I hope they are. But it wouldn't be a draft if we weren't talking about something of this nature.

I had a chance to chat with Bengals first round pick Jermain Gresham today. He was an impressive young man, and is all business when it comes to football. He loves the game, and everything we talked about came back to him wanting to work hard and become the best tight end in the NFL. He had to smile when we talked about the Oklahoma-UC game from a couple of years ago. Jermaine had 7 catches for 93 yards and a couple of touchdowns. But he was quick to give the Bearcats a lot of credit for having a great season, and he was proud Oklahoma was the only non-conference loss for the Bearcats during the regular season.

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