Sunday, September 05, 1999
Adams out for season
BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
The Cincinnati Bearcats opened their 1999 season without two returning starters: cornerback Blue Adams and offensive lineman Ken Biggs.
They'll close the season without them, too.
Adams joined Biggs (shoulder) in the category of out for the season when it was determined a torn meniscus in his right knee could be repaired.
That meant that instead of a short-term recovery period, he would not be able to return this season. But Angelo Colisimo, UC's team surgeon, said repairing a torn meniscus instead of removing it helps prevent degenerative arthritis in later years.
Adams started the final four games of last season and set a school freshman record with four interceptions. He was replaced in the lineup in Saturday night's opener against Kent by senior Bobby Fuller, who played in five games last season after transferring from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.
TINKER'S CHANCE: UC senior safety Tinker Keck played his first game after missing much of last year to undergo reconstructive knee surgery. He returned four punts for a total of 1 yard and was credited with one tackle. He helped the defense hold Kent to 14 passing yards, the fewest for a Bearcats opponent in two decades.
Keck said his knee felt good, but stiffened toward the end of the night when he was rested.
UP-TIGHT: After a season in which UC's regular tight end did not catch a pass, junior Ashley Hunt opened 1999 with six catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns.
Coach Rick Minter said it wasn't so much the change in the offense as it was the fact the Bearcats have a tight end who can catch.