Big East PreSpring Preview - What Needs Work?
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Posted Feb 11, 2012


2012 Big East Pre-Spring Preview - What Every Big East Team Needs To Work On.


 

2012 Pre-Spring Preview   

What To Work On - 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

The development of QB Munchie Legaux as a consistent performer. If Cincinnati is going to remain on the beam, No. 4 will have to become the leader of an offense undergoing some changes. A big chunk of the offseason will be devoted to preparing him to take the reins of Butch Jones’ offense.

- Connecticut

Tightening up the pass defense. Despite ample talent, the Huskies were unable to overcome a lengthy injury to Blidi Wreh-Wilson, eventually giving up 22 touchdowns and 3,372 yards through the air. With No. 5 back, and joined by so many lettermen, the pass defense is expe3cted to make a quantum leap in 2012.
 
- Louisville

The play of the offensive line. Sure, four starters are back, but that fact guarantees little. Last season’s unit ranked 110th in the country in pass protection, while paving the way for just 3.4 yards a carry. If the front wall can’t get its act together between now and September, QB Teddy Bridgewater and his supporting cast will once again suffer the consequences.

- Pittsburgh

The offensive line. Three starters have graduated, but that’s the least of Pitt’s problems. Paul Chryst’s new staff, which was accustomed to rock solid O-lines at Wisconsin, will be looking to fix the problems with a unit that yielded more sacks than any other FBS team a year ago. It’ll be an arduous process that’ll go a long way to determining the Panthers’ 2012 ceiling.
 
- Rutgers

The goal is to become more efficient on offense. Mohamed Sanu is gone, but Rutgers won’t accept any excuses for not picking up the pace offensively. The Scarlet Knights lacked crispness when it mattered most last fall, ranking 94th nationally in red zone touchdowns and 96th in third down conversions.

- South Florida

Special teams. No, it wasn’t all that plagued the Bulls during last season’s disappointing 5-7 campaign, but the unit sure didn’t make the situation any better. South Florida stood 100th in the country in net punting, 83rd in punt returns, 80th in kickoff returns, and missed seven field goals.

- Syracuse

Blocking. Good news come from the return of all-star LT Justin Pugh, but the Orange has work to do everywhere else along the offensive line. Even with RB Andrew Tiller blowing open holes a year ago, Syracuse still ranked just 95th in the country on the ground, and stood 90th overall in sacks allowed.
 
- West Virginia

The rushing game. While West Virginia proved it can put up points without the help of a consistent ground game, it’ll be doubly dangerous with a little more balance. Dana Holgorsen’s attacks at Oklahoma State were most dangerous when the element of unpredictability was in play. If the Mountaineers can get Dustin Garrison or Shawne Alston rolling consistently, look out.

- 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