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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Which Big East positions need the most help this summer?


Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Mayday, Mayday. The following positions appear to need the most help for each Big East team after spring ball:

Cincinnati: The defense as a whole could use more experience and playmakers, but linebacker and safety have the biggest need for more depth.

Connecticut: Just like last year, the Huskies need to find some reliable receivers. They'll hope some incoming recruits bring something to the table.

Louisville: If the Cardinals' defensive line doesn't get bolstered by incoming junior college players this summer, their defense could be in for a long fall.

Pittsburgh: The Panthers hope Robb Houser is healthier and more effective this summer than he was in the spring. If not, center could be a major question mark.

Rutgers: See Huskies, UConn. The Scarlet Knights are in desperate need of receivers to complement Tim Brown.

South Florida: Ditto for the Bulls on the O-line, though South Florida does have talent at the position. Health and chemistry are the bigger concerns.

Syracuse: The Orange need help in a lot of areas, but no position is more pressing than offensive line right now after a rough spring by the big guys up front.

West Virginia: Is there an echo in here? The Mountaineers, too, have problems on the offensive line, mostly due to inexperience.