Big East practice report

August, 15, 2011
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Most teams took Sunday off from practice, so here is a quick weekend roundup with scrimmage information from several teams.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats are still looking for more consistency out of their receivers. Coach Butch Jones said, "We still need to get tougher, and fight through some adversity things. The big thing is mental conditioning, mental toughness, and overall execution. We are still searching to find a receiving corps that’s consistent day in and day out."

D.J. Woods is the leader among that group, but there is a lot of young talent hoping to contribute, including Kenbrell Thompkins, Anthony McClung, Damon Julian, Dyjuan Lewis, Alex Chisum, Shaq Washington, Ralph David Abernathy IV and Chris Moore.

Connecticut: Coach Paul Pasqualoni hopes to have middle linebacker Jerome Williams back in October. Williams hurt his knee in the spring but has yet to recover. ... There still no decision at quarterback after a scrimmage Thursday.

Louisville: Jeremy Wright had several nifty runs in the team's scrimmage Saturday, while tight end Chris White led the team in receiving -- including a 70-yard touchdown pass from Will Stein. Linebackers Daniel Brown and Dexter Heyman were the playmakers on defense.

Pitt: Coach Todd Graham has been encouraged with the way the offense has taken to playing hurry up. So far in fall practice, they have been snapping the ball 17 seconds after a play ends, down from 22 in the spring. Graham wants that number down to 10 to 12 seconds. He also had high praise for Zach Brown, who has shaken off the rust from the first few practices. He believes Brown and Ray Graham could be a dynamic duo.

Rutgers: True freshman Savon Huggins had a smashing debut in Rutgers' first scrimmage Saturday, rushing for 168 yards on 26 carries -- including a 52-yard touchdown run. Among other notable stats: Quarterback Chas Dodd went 12-of-27 for 250 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Tim Wright, coming off a knee injury, had four catches for 45 yards and two touchdowns. Running backs Jawan Jamison and Jeremy Deering sat out, along with defensive end Manny Abreu.

Syracuse: The injury bug hit the Orange once again over the weekend. Sophomore offensive tackle Sean Hickey will miss the 2011 season after tearing his ACL and lateral meniscus. Hickey did not play in any games last season. Three other offensive linemen already are out of practice -- Nick Lepak (concussion), Ian Allport (concussion) and Jarel Lowery (knee). Hickey was expected to push for playing time.

USF: The Bulls ran about 100 plays in their first scrimmage Saturday. Quarterback B.J. Daniels was held out to rest his hamstring injury, and the second and third teams took the majority of the reps. Bobby Eveld went 12-for-20 for 150 yards, while true freshman Matt Floyd went 18-for-25 for 161 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown to Deonte Welch. True freshman Elkino Watson also had a nice day with five tackles for loss and two sacks.

West Virginia: Coach Dana Holgorsen singled out running backs Dustin Garrison and Andrew Buie once again after practice Saturday, saying they were the two freshmen who have stood out the most so far in practice.

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