Declaring someone a starter is dated, if not unnecessary.
In its most technical perspective, the act of starting simply defines you as someone who participated in one play in a game that can produce 150-200 plays (if Oregon is involved). Should a "starter" be viewed with more weight than a player with double, if not triple, the amount of snaps? Of course not.
That being said, Jeremy Hill will be the team's de facto starter when Cincinnati opens the 2015 regular season in Oakland. However, Jackson was quick to avoid any talk of "feature back".
Hue Jackson on if Jeremy Hill will be the featured back this year: I can say this, he'll be the first on the field in Oakland.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) July 28, 2015
Clearly Jackson wants to split participation as much as possible. Bernard thinks it works because both players feed off each other. "For us, we just feed off each other and have great chemistry," said Bernard last June. "Our offensive staff knows how to utilize both of our talents. Seeing the success he had as a rookie, it gave me the confidence I could do the same."
Yet, for that one play, Hill will get the start. After that, it's a jungle, baby.