2012 Big East Pre-Spring Preview
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater
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Posted Feb 11, 2012


2012 Big East Pre-Spring Preview - Why Every Big East Team Should Be Happy

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Why To Be Excited - Big East


- Cincinnati | Connecticut | Louisville | Pittsburgh
- Rutgers | South Florida | Syracuse | West Virginia

2012 Big East Pre-Spring Preview
- Big East Pre-Spring Rankings
- Why Every Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Team Needs To Work On
- 2012 Big East Recruiting Rankings
 
- Cincinnati

As the baton at quarterback is passed from Zach Collaros to Munchie Legaux, the transition will be made smoother by the returns of last year’s top pass-catchers, Anthony McClung and Kenbrell Thompkins. The offense will also be aided by the snaps Legaux received late last fall when Collaros was injured.

- Connecticut

The defense boasts an impressive corps of returning players. Each level of Paul Pasqualoni’s D harbors either an all-star or one who’s about to become one. From Trevardo Williams up front, Sio Moore in the middle and Dwayne Gratz and Blidi Wreh-Wilson in the secondary, the Huskies are well-fortified with outstanding defenders.
 
- Louisville

The Cardinals finished above .500 a year ago with a bunch of pups at key position on offense. Now that QB Teddy Bridgewater and receivers Michaelee Harris, Eli Rogers and DeVante Parker are no longer wide-eyed rookies, the offense is liable to make a big jump from last season’s modest production.

- Pittsburgh

Ray Graham is set to return from a right knee injury that prematurely ended his junior season. At the time of the setback, he was second nationally in rushing, basically carrying the Panthers offense. His absence created reps for rookie Isaac Bennett, who’s now in a better position to provide depth off the bench.
 
- Rutgers

The cupboard is stocked on D. The Scarlet Knights will feature an All-Big East candidate at each unit, especially if LB Khaseem Greene is able to recover from a nasty ankle injury suffered in the bowl game. In DT Scott Vallone, LB Steve Beauharnais, S Duron Harmon and CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers has the foundation of one of the league’s stingiest defenses.

- South Florida

The parts in place for the defense to be fantastic. Few members of the rotation are gone from a unit that allowed just 22 points a game in 2011. DE Ryan Giddins, linebackers DeDe Lattimore and Sam Barrington and CB Kayvon Webster will all be getting long and hard looks from NFL scouts this season.

- Syracuse

The defensive back seven will be full of veterans. Even with a big-time pass rush, the Orange secondary struggled allowing 258 yards per game. The defensive front might lose three starters, but six starters return in the backfield including all four starters in the secondary. Strong safety Shamaro Thomas grew into the job as last year went on and he should be in the mix for all-star honors.
 
- West Virginia (This goes for the Mountaineers whether or not they end up in the Big 12 this season.)

The offense is poised to take flight in 2012, head coach Dana Holgorsen’s second one in Morgantown. With burgeoning QB Geno Smith and top targets Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin and Ivan McCartney in tow, the Mountaineers are going to be as exciting and prolific with the ball as any group in the country.

- Cincinnati | Connecticut | Louisville | Pittsburgh
- Rutgers | South Florida | Syracuse | West Virginia

2012 Big East Pre-Spring Preview
- Big East Pre-Spring Rankings
- Why Every Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Team Needs To Work On
- 2012 Big East Recruiting Rankings