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2013 Big East Pre-Spring Preview
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Posted Feb 28, 2013


2013 Big East Pre-Spring Preview - Why Every Big East Team Should Be Happy

2013 Pre-Spring Preview   

Why To Be Excited - Big East


2013 Big East Pre-Spring Preview
- Big East Rankings
- Why Every Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Team Needs To Work On
- 2013 Big East Recruiting Rankings
 
Cincinnati


Why To Get Excited … new head coach Tommy Tuberville inherits what might be the league's best offensive lines. Not only are four starters back for another season, but two of them, LT Eric Lefeld and LG Austen Bujnoch, were members of last year's All-Big East First Team. Now that QB Brendon Kay has been granted an additional year of eligibility, only three offensive starters must be replaced.

Connecticut


Why To Get Excited … George DeLeone is no longer calling plays on offense. DeLeone became a lightning rod for criticism for a necrotic offense that averaged only 17 points per game. In his place steps T.J. Weist, whose eight returning starters are about to get introduced to a far more attacking style of play-calling from its new coach.

Houston


Why To Get Excited … there are enough returning starters, particularly on offense, to spur a rebound from last year's 5-7 disappointment. The Cougars lose just a couple of regulars on offense, while the supporting cast for QB David Piland is both versatile and explosive. When healthy, RB Charles Sims is a playmaker as a runner and receiver. And young wideouts Deontay Greenberry, Larry McDuffey and Daniel Spencer are preparing for liftoff.

Louisville


Why To Get Excited … Fresh off a stunning Sugar Bowl upset of Florida, the Cardinals are the heavy favorite to return to a BCS bowl game in their final Big East season. The team is loaded with proven talent on both sides of the ball, while head coach Charlie Strong has done a remarkable job of keeping the staff intact.

Memphis


Why To Get Excited … sure, the Tigers went 4-8 a year ago, but they also finished with a three-game winning streak for the first time in seven years. The program has a head of steam, a fresh face on the sidelines, Justin Fuente, and a new home in the Big East. While no one is ready to book hotel rooms for the postseason, Memphis has reason for optimism in football for the first time in a long time.

Rutgers


Why To Get Excited … the O-line has the parts and the potential to rank among the best in the Big East this season. Only RT R.J. Dill must be replaced, meaning four other starters are back in the fold. The left side will feature a pair of reigning All-Big East performers, T Kaleb Johnson and G Antwan Lowery, who'll be even tougher following another offseason in the weight room.

SMU


Why To Get Excited … the Mustangs are taking a stiff tailwind into their maiden season in the Big East. SMU won its final two games of 2012, including a Hawaii Bowl rout of Fresno State, 43-10, on Christmas Eve. The program expects to reap the benefits of participating in a more recognized league, leveraging larger TV audiences and better postseason opportunities into greater success on the recruiting trail.

South Florida


Why To Get Excited … the Bulls have finally landed the proper successor to Jim Leavitt on the sidelines. Skip Holtz wound up being an unmitigated disaster in Tampa, but his ouster did open the door for the hiring of Willie Taggart, one of the rising stars of the coaching ranks. Taggart has brought instant excitement to USF, which had been missing for the past two seasons.

Temple

Why To Get Excited … the Owls made a return engagement to the Big East a year ago … and lived to tell about it. No, Temple didn't contend, but it did avoid the cellar, while getting acclimated to the competition in a tougher league. Former coach Steve Addazio used a bunch of young kids, which ought to help the transition of successor Matt Rhule and his staff.

UCF


Why To Get Excited … for the second time in the last three years, the Knights capped a 10-win season with a bowl victory. The program feels as if it's on solid footing going forward for head coach George O'Leary, which was reflected on Signing Day in early February. UCF is also very excited about the trajectory of QB Blake Bortles, who took flight during his sophomore year with 25 touchdown passes, more than 3,000 yards through the air and no picks in his final six games.

2013 Big East Pre-Spring Preview
- Big East Rankings
- Why Every Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Team Needs To Work On
- 2013 Big East Recruiting Rankings

 










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