Nowhere to somewhere this spring in the Big East
Some players we knew about before the spring and were anxious to watch perform. And then there are guys who were way off the radar but made us pay attention. Here are five guys in the Big East who came from out of nowhere and made it somewhere:
• Evan Landi, South Florida: B.J. Daniels got most of the hype as Matt Grothe's understudy at quarterback. Heck, Jim Leavitt wasn't even sure he wanted Landi two years ago on the recruiting trail. But given a chance to shine this spring, Landi wowed everyone with his work at quarterback and receiver, forcing his way into some fall playing time somewhere.
• Danny Milligan, Cincinnati: How's this for a spring game stat line: Milligan caught three passes for 83 yards and a touchdown -- and kicked three field goals. You don't see that every day. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound redshirt freshman doesn't look like a prototypical football player, but he finds ways to get things done.
• Collin McCafferty, Cincinnati: The Bearcats get two players on this list because they have so many new faces and because they've done such a good job developing lesser-known talent. McCafferty, a redshirt junior linebacker, had a nice spring and worked his way into the mix for the fall.
• Marcus Easley, Connecticut: Easley made four starts last year but remained a mostly unknown walk-on receiver. That changed when he made 10 catches for 169 yards in the Huskies' spring game. Was that a one-day wonder? Coach Randy Edsall said Easley made a lot of progress this spring, and the senior will be on scholarship this fall.
• Jeff Braun, West Virginia: The redshirt freshman played defensive line late into his high school career but appears to have won the job at left guard for the Mountaineers after entering the spring as a backup.