Big East spring game previews

April, 13, 2012
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Four Big East teams wrap up practice with their spring games Saturday. Here is a quick peek at what to watch.

Cincinnati: This team all but belongs to Munchie Legaux at quarterback. Now the true test of whether he can improve his accuracy and chemistry with receivers will be on full display. All accounts say Legaux has had a very nice spring for the Bearcats. Other positions fans should note -- middle linebacker, where Solomon Tentman overcame a major knee injury to win the starting job out of spring. And how does the defensive line look with Camaron Beard and Jordan Stepp inside? Coach Butch Jones called Beard one of the most improved players of the spring.

Louisville: Coach Charlie Strong already loves the work ethic on this team, having noted a difference already with a group that is much more experienced this season than last. What he is going to need is a team that doesn't believe its own hype, something he surely has stressed this spring game. The Cardinals have yet to settle on a starter at running back, and are still looking for a big-play receiver to emerge. But they have to be feeling good about the way Preston Brown has made the transition to middle linebacker, along with the starting secondary and the development of the starting offensive line.

Pitt: The Panthers are holding their spring game at a local high school, in an effort to embrace and celebrate the traditions of football in Western Pennsylvania. After the Todd Graham fiasco, coach Paul Chryst made the right decision to go back to the roots that have helped define Pitt. All eyes are no doubt going to be on quarterback Tino Sunseri, to see how he has adjusted to the new offense and whether he truly has separated himself from the pack. At this point, it appears Sunseri is the likely starter headed into fall practice, so he gets one last shot to prove himself behind center. It may be hard for some Pitt fans to believe, but Sunseri would go into the season as a third-year starter. Another position to watch has to be offensive line. The scheme change has no doubt benefited this unit.

Temple: Coach Steve Addazio has stressed discipline and toughness this spring as his team prepares to make the move to the Big East. He realizes if they limit the penalties and work to find edges against the competition, they will be competitive in every game. Having Chris Coyer returning at quarterback helps. Addazio is also hoping to utilize Jalen Fitzpatrick much more this season, after he had an outstanding spring. Fitzpatrick can be used in a variety of different ways out of the backfield and in the slot. Temple still has to figure out who is going to emerge in the secondary, one of the biggest question marks remaining on the team.

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