Spring game previews

April, 20, 2012
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Three more teams play spring games Saturday. Here is a quick preview of each:

UConn. You can bet all eyes are going to be on the quarterback position, where five players are still competing for the starting job. Junior college transfer Chandler Whitmer, true freshman Casey Cochran, 2011 starter Johnny McEntee, Scott McCummings and Michael Nebrich are all still in the mix, and coach Paul Pasqualoni has yet to indicate the direction he is leaning. This competition could very well stretch into the fall, the way it did last season. On the running back front, the Huskies got some tough news this week when they learned D.J. Shoemate's career was over because of a shoulder injury. That is obviously a tough blow, because hopes were high for the USC transfer. But Max DeLorenzo has had a terrific spring, so watch out for him as a player who can really provide a nice complement to Lyle McCombs.

USF. The Bulls got some tough news this week as well when starting defensive tackle Cory Grissom broke a bone in his ankle. You can bet the inside rotation is going to be something the Bulls will work on in the spring game as they try to get a handle on how to replace Grissom, who should be out for an extended period this season. Luke Sager, Elkino Watson and Todd Chandler form the trio of players who will be relied upon to help out. B.J. Daniels has had a good spring, but a big key is going to be the way he develops chemistry and rhythm with his receivers. USF has got tons of talent, but now they have to put it together and mesh with their starting quarterback. Lindsey Lamar has gotten good reviews since his move to tailback, but what type of role does he have for the season? Secondary is another area where USF hopes to improve -- junior college cornerback Fidel Montgomery has had an outstanding spring.

Syracuse. There has not been much news out of Syracuse this spring because coach Doug Marrone decided to shut down access to coaches and players so they can focus on getting themselves better. There was one open practice in Rochester that did not reveal much. The scrimmage gives fans in Syracuse an opportunity at their only glimpse of the team before the fall. Several reports out of Syracuse indicate that multi-threat quarterback Ashton Broyld could have a bigger role in the offense this season. There are several burning questions for this team, including who is going to emerge at running back, how Marcus Sales fits back into the team, and what the defensive front is going to look like after so many departures.

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