Spring superlatives: Cincinnati


Let's move on with the spring superlatives series to Cincinnati, which opens spring drills next week. Remember we are considering positions as they stand during spring only.

Strongest position: Quarterback

Key returnees: Zach Collaros, Chazz Anderson

Key departures: None

The skinny: No Big East team is better set up at the quarterback position this spring than the Bearcats. They have back their senior starter in Collaros, whom the coaches voted first-team all-league last season. He should be even better in his second year of Butch Jones' system. Jones' top two backups also return in Anderson and Brendon Kay. For more depth/future considerations, there's Munchie Legaux and Georgia Tech transfer Jordan Luallen. Cincinnati needs to establish a clear successor to Collaros, but for now there are very little concerns at quarterback.

Weakest position: Offensive line

Key returnees: Alex Hoffman, Randy Martinez

Key departures: Jason Kelce, Samuel Griffin, C.J. Cobb

The skinny: As you'll recall, Cincinnati's offensive line had its share of problems last year. Losing three starters, including the center and left tackle, doesn't exactly help things at a position that had depth issues to begin with. Hoffman has the talent to be one of the best tackles in the league, and Martinez brings experience at guard. The Bearcats will need young players like Austen Bujnoch and Andre Cureton to really step forward this spring and build a new, hopefully better, offensive line.