Big East practice report

August, 17, 2011
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Taking a look at practice reports from around the league:

Cincinnati: Freshman running back Akise Teague has been slowed by a hamstring injury for most of camp. Coach Butch Jones hopes to have Teague back in four to five games. That has opened up more reps for freshman Jameel Poteat. Jones expects Poteat and receiver Shaq Washington to be two true freshmen to play this season.

Connecticut: Kick returner Nick Williams is seeing more time at receiver with all the transfers the Huskies have had. "He's got real quickness in and out of cuts," coach Paul Pasqualoni said. "His play speed is very, very good. I don't know what his 40-yard dash is. It might be 5.0. But his play speed is pretty impressive. He plays fast and he's got quick feet. He's got excellent vision and excellent instincts with his hands on the ball. He's just one of those guys that's productive. Part of the skill set you look for is playmaker. You guys know what a playmaker is, I know what it is. They make plays. Sometimes you don't know how he did it, but they make plays. Nick is a playmaker. That issue of him being a kickoff returner, that tells you he can make plays. Let's try to use that in other areas as well. Try to get him the ball a few times other than kickoffs."

Linebacker Sio Moore sat out of practice Tuesday, but his injury isn't serious.

Louisville: The Cardinals had their kickoff luncheon Tuesday, and coach Charlie Strong emphasized his team's academics are improving. “When I hit the door there was no standing ovation,” he said. “They were going to hear what I had to say, and it wasn’t very pretty. I told them that never again would we have below a 2.5 team semester GPA. That will never again happen.”

Pitt: Devin Street sat out practice with what coach Todd Graham called a "bell-rung deal." Cameron Saddler and K'Waun Williams sat out for the second straight day, too. Meanwhile, backup quarterback Anthony Gonzalez has been practicing with the H-backs/tight ends. Walk-on Trey Anderson has passed Mark Myers for the backup quarterback job.

Rutgers: Coach Greg Schiano remains concerned with a head injury that has forced running back Jeremy Deering to miss most of fall practice. Deering won't practice until he is completely symptom free, and there is no timetable for when he can return. Savon Huggins and De'Antwan Williams have split the reps at running back during practice. Anthony Lalota, a transfer from Michigan, has decided to give up football to concentrate on academics.

Syracuse: The team is slowly starting to get healthy. Starting safeties Shamarko Thomas and Phillip Thomas were at practice Tuesday. Prince-Tyson Gulley and Steve Rene had nice practices, too.

USF: The team will hold its final workout in Vero Beach today. Defensive tackle Cory Grissom and cornerback Quenton Washington were able to return to practice Tuesday.

West Virginia: The defense had a good day of practice Tuesday. Coach Dana Holgorsen on who stood out: "I am not going to say they surprised me. We have some good players over there. We have some good returning players. Najee Goode is a good player that is smart and is a leader. He is a senior that has been doing a good job. Keith Tandy came up with a couple good picks. They were in the red zone area, which is an area that is a cardinal sin to turn the ball over in, but Geno [Smith] threw both of those picks. He is pretty reliable because you know what you are getting with him. Bruce Irvin is playing well and Jorge Wright stood out yesterday. Terrence Garvin is a guy that is always around the ball. We have some guys that are good over there, and we are just filling in the holes. Those guys need to continue to gain leadership, and the rest of them need to mesh together as a unit."

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