Big East practice updates


Here are practice updates from around the league.

You can find Pitt and Cincinnati here.

Connecticut: Coach Paul Pasqualoni said there was no decision yet on his quarterback competition, and was asked whether he'd like to see somebody step into the lead.

"Well you would always like to see that, but it's not like they aren't doing good things because they are," he said. "That part is good to see. Sure you would like to have a quarterback decision, but at the same time it's encouraging because each day somebody does something that is positive. It's a work in progress and it's a positive work in progress."

Louisville: The Cardinals did a lot of situational work in the red zone in their first full day in pads. Josh Bellamy has had a nice camp so far.

Rutgers: Freshman Gary Nova took all the second-team repsTuesday, and coach Greg Schiano doled out some praise after practice.

“I think Gary is really a cool customer. He reminds me a lot of Chas last year (as a true freshman), just kind of taking it in.

“He doesn't get real shook up. He makes a play; he doesn't get real down when he doesn't. I think he has a good grasp on what we're doing.

Syracuse: Coach Doug Marrone said it would probably be a while before Phillip Thomas returns to full contact practice. Thomas broke his jaw and had surgery.

"We're trying to make sure he does stay involved and stay active," Marrone said. "He did a nice job today just shadowing. It gives us a chance to take a look at the younger players, which is good."

Floyd Little also gave a pep talk to the team.

USF: Coach Skip Holtz said B.J. Daniels' hamstring injury was not serious.

"His hamstring has been sore the last couple of days, and he's kind of been nursing it, getting a lot of treatment with it," Holtz said. "He just tightened up, knotted up. He didn't pull it. It's not severe or anything like that. He's going to be a little bit limited for a couple of days. We're going to work on trying to get that knot out of there. There's no deficit. There's no tear or anything else. He should be fine."

West Virginia: Coach Dana Holgorsen gave his early thoughts on the running back competition, saying Vernard Roberts, Andrew Buie, Dustin Garrison and Trey Johnson all had nice practices Tuesday. Holgorsen said Roberts was ahead based on spring, but had high praise for Buie and Garrison.

"Buie is probably the quickest twitch guy, great first step," Holgorsen said. "Dustin Garrison is a guy who makes people miss at the point of attack. Kendall Hunter last year was the best I've seen at that. I'm not comparing Dustin to Kendall Hunter. I'm just saying it doesn't have to be blocked to get yards."

Holgorsen added he will go with a three-back rotation and will make a decision on redshirts in Week 1.