Thursday, August 18, 2011
Big East practice report
By Andrea Adelson
Checking in on practice around the league:
Cincinnati: The Bearcats had the day off from practice, and coach Butch Jones treated the team to a movie.
Connecticut: Don't expect coach Paul Pasqualoni to give many injury updates. Linebacker Sio Moore has missed a few practices with an undisclosed injury but Pasqualoni says he's fine. The only updates he will give out -- when a player is out for the season.
Louisville: The NCAA would like to speak with assistant coach Clint Hurtt about allegations made against him regarding his time at Miami.
Pitt: Coach Todd Graham said the majority of the carries would go to Ray Graham and Zach Brown. Younger players like Corey Davis and Isaac Bennett would be situational backs. He also pointed out that receiver Salath Williams has had an excellent camp and moved up the depth chart. Receiver Devin Street is going to be out for a few days, and K'Waun Williams should return this weekend. Both took hits to the head. ... The NCAA ruled Notre Dame transfer E.J. Banks is immediately eligible to play for the Panthers. Banks, a cornerback, was granted a hardship waiver for family reasons.
Rutgers: Running back De'Antwan Williams is turning heads in training camp, adding yet more competition at that position. Jawan Jamison is healthy again, too. “I think he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do for the last 11 or 12 months," Greg Schiano said of Williams. "Up until that point he just never really understood what it took to be a college football player. He always got by on talent. He’s made a commitment to do everything we’ve asked him to do.”
Syracuse: Coach Doug Marrone has rested some of his starters during camp as a way to help them, and also get some younger players reps. Chandler Jones, Nick Provo and Antwon Bailey were three players who did not practice Wednesday, for example. Syracuse has had to fight through its share of injuries during camp, but only one has been declared season ending.
USF: The Bulls wrapped up their final practice at Vero Beach on Wednesday morning and headed back to Tampa. B.J. Daniels had another good day of practice. Meanwhile, receiver Evan Landi continues to work with the tight ends as a way to cross-train.
West Virginia: Three starting spots in the secondary remain up for grabs. Pat Miller, Avery Williams and Brodrick Jenkins are competing for one cornerback spot opposite Keith Tandy. At free safety, Eain Smith appears to be leading the competition, but Matt Moro and Travis Bell are right there with him. Darwin Cook and Shaq Petteway are competing at bandit.