Cincinnati coach Butch Jones said he has been pleased by what he has seen this year from true freshman quarterback Stevie Weatherford, who graduated from Land O’Lakes in December and joined the Bearcats this spring as an early enrollee.
“Stevie’s done a great job,” Jones said at the Big East’s preseason media gathering in Rhode Island on Tuesday. “He continues to progress. He did well academically. He’s just going through the maturation process of going from high school to college. The great thing is to have a mentor and a role model like Zach (Collaros). That helps in his development.”
Jones said he expects Weatherford to redshirt this fall as most true freshmen do, and that his focus is on preparing himself to be in the best position to compete for Cincinnati’s starting quarterback job after Collaros finishes his eligibility with this season.
“Right now, we’re planning on redshirting him,” Jones said. “You never like to put that on an individual, but where we’re at at the quarterback spot, what’s best for him is Stevie needs to continue to get into the weight room, to continue to develop his body, his arm strength. I see all the intangibles that are the making of a very good quarterback.”