Big East practice report

August, 22, 2011
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Let's check in on practice from the weekend:

Cincinnati: Coach Butch Jones has yet to decide on a backup quarterback to Zach Collaros. Munchie Legaux and Jordan Luallen are locked in a battle for the backup spot, with neither player emerging just yet.

Connecticut: The Huskies went back to the basics during practice Saturday, but there still is no answer in the quarterback race. Coach Paul Pasqualoni said, "We are constantly changing the rotation of who is doing what. They are all working hard, all doing good things. They also all still have things that they need to improve on and we try to point those things out and move on."

Louisville: The Cardinals ran about 125 plays in their Saturday scrimmage, which was closed. Will Stein led the first-team offense and led a scoring drive early. Victor Anderson ran for more than 100 yards. Freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater also looked sharp, capping off his drive with a 25-yard scramble for a touchdown. The defense recorded five turnovers on the day, including a 56-yard interception return by Terence Simien. Shenard Holton had an interception in the end zone. One other note: Eli Rogers had a nice day at receiver.

Pitt: The Panthers broke camp with a few positions still up for grabs. Coach Todd Graham said he would know more after evaluating tape from the final scrimmage Saturday. But it appears Todd Thomas has beaten out Greg Williams for the starting spur linebacker job. The offensive line, cornerback and backup quarterback jobs still are open.

Rutgers: Mohamed Sanu stood out during Rutgers' final scrimmage Saturday, catching six passes for 112 yards. De'Antwan Williams had 79 yards on 14 carries (that includes five negative running plays). Savon Huggins had 55 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, while Jawan Jamison had 25 yards on 14 carries. Jeremy Deering is still out with a head injury. Meanwhile, the defense played better though both sides were sloppier than coach Greg Schiano wanted to see.

Syracuse: The Orange held a scrimmage Saturday in which nearly all the backups were featured. Adrian Flemming did a nice job at receiver, and the offensive line looked solid. Now the Orange are going on lockdown with no media availability or open practices as they prepare for Wake Forest. Also, offensive line coach Greg Adkins underwent surgery to remove his gallbladder and is expected to return to work this week. Freshman cornerback Jaston George injured his left groin and will be out indefinitely.

USF: Skip Holtz was not pleased with his backup quarterbacks following the team's scrimmage Saturday, saying he was disappointed that Bobby Eveld hasn't pushed starter B.J. Daniels and Matt Floyd hasn't pushed Eveld for the backup job. Holtz also wants to see more out of his second-team offense.

West Virginia: Coach Dana Holgorsen named a few standouts from Saturday's scrimmage: "Jeff Braun had some energy out there, and Stedman Bailey made some really good plays. Najee Goode is a guy that is as mentally tough as they come Terence Garvin is a guy that has been in those wars and battles. The guys that have been there and done it are the guys that typically rise up and are able to handle a situation like this. This is the closest we have come to what it is going to be like two weeks from now, which is the way we wanted it. You can’t just put them in this situation all the time. You have to practice. You go in and watch the film and correct it. You try to put them in more situations before the first game."

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