Big East internal affairs

September, 17, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Every Wednesday, we'll keep you updated on depth chart changes, injuries and other inside info to get you ready for the weekend.

West Virginia: Head coach Bill Stewart plans to add a few new faces to the lineup Thursday night at Colorado. Middle linebacker Reed Williams will make his season debut, allowing Mortty Ivy to slide over to his more natural outside position. Receiver Wes Lyons, a formidable target at 6-foot-8, has recovered from an August knee scope and should see some significant time. Stewart also expects to rotate young players such as Donnie Barclay and Josh Jenkins on the offensive line.

Louisville: The Cardinals didn't score on offense in their only game so far against an FBS team (a 27-2 loss to Kentucky), and injuries may slow their attack down tonight against Kansas State. Four of the five starting offensive linemen left the Tennessee Tech game with injuries, and though head coach Steve Kragthorpe hasn't given out specifics on their status, it appears that the left side of the line is in doubt. Left tackle George Bussey and left guard Mark Wetterer may not play tonight, potentially leaving quarterback Hunter Cantwell's blind side vulnerable to K-State blitzes if their replacements don't perform well.

South Florida: Could Jamar Taylor be emerging as the main guy in the Bulls' backfield? The sophomore -- who transferred from Alabama after the spring of 2007 -- broke out against Kansas with 72 yards on 11 carries, plus a 13-yard score. "I've never seen Jamar Taylor run like that," coach Jim Leavitt said of the way Taylor busted through tackles and holes. With Mike Ford and Ben Williams still out with ankle injuries, Taylor could assume the bulk of the carries this week at Florida International.

Connecticut: Coach Randy Edsall said during the summer that safety Darius Butler could play some snaps on offense. Through the first two games, that idea seemed forgotten. But Butler saw 11 snaps on offense versus Virginia last week, making two catches for 40 yards and running for a 13-yard score. He's extremely athletic and gives a new dimension to the Huskies' offense, but Edsall wants to be careful not to wear his defensive star down.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats' kicking situation has gotten more confusing. Brandon Yingling replaced the struggling Jake Rogers after the first game but wasn't called on for any field goals at Oklahoma. Yingling still hasn't attempted a college field goal. The walk-on has been suffering from an illness that's kept him out of practice, while Rogers is recovering from having his wisdom teeth pulled. So freshman Danny Milligan is now getting a look at kicker as Cincinnati prepares for Miami (Ohio) this weekend.

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