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


2013 Big East Pre-Spring Preview - What Every Big East Team Should Be Grouchy

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Why To Be Grouchy - 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 Be Grouchy … the Bearcats remain a Big East holdover. As the league continually gets downgraded through realignment, Cincinnati has been unable to latch on to a stronger conference. The program has now won 10 or more games in five of the last six years, but absolutely no one off campus is aware of it.

Connecticut


Why To Be Grouchy … the Huskies are losing a ton of talent on defense. Of last season’s five All-Big East performers, only one, LB Yawin Smallwood, is still in Storrs. While Connecticut has developed a tradition of feisty defenses over the past seasons, beleaguered head coach Paul Pasqualoni and his assistants will need to develop new stoppers at each level beginning in the spring.

Houston


Why To Be Grouchy … the defense will have a hard time improving without the services of its two best players, LB Phillip Steward and CB D.J. Hayden. The Cougars were toothless in 2012, giving up 483 yards and 36 points per game. With holes to be filled at each level of the D, it’s tough to imagine the unit being much more resilient than a year ago. The offense better be up to the challenge, because Houston will need to win shootouts this fall.

Louisville


Why To Be Grouchy … If Louisville is going to maximize all of the skill position talent surrounding QB Teddy Bridgewater, it’ll have to patch up two gaping holes on the offensive line. The 2012 edition’s two most accomplished blockers, LT Alex Kupper and C Mario Benavides, finished their college careers in the Superdome on Jan. 2.

Memphis


Why To Be Grouchy … competing in Conference USA was a perennial uphill battle for Memphis. Climbing the ladder in the Big East will be even tougher. Fuente and his staff did a commendable job in 2012, but the Tigers are still very light on talent in all phases of the game. They’re going to need recruit a far better caliber of athlete in order to turn moral victories into the kinds that routinely impact the standings.

Rutgers


Why To Be Grouchy … not only have the Scarlet Knights lost a swath of talent to graduation and early departures, but both coordinators are new as well. It’ll be a challenging offseason for second-year head coach Kyle Flood, who’ll no longer have RB Jawan Jamison, DT Scott Vallone, LB Khaseem Greene or CB Logan Ryan to lean upon this fall.

SMU


Why To Be Grouchy … SMU will be facing a new slate of competitors with a lot of new starters on both sides of the ball. The Mustangs got whacked via graduation a year ago, and now must replace three starting offensive linemen and some of 2012’s premier players. Of the seven players named First or Second Team All-Conference USA, including standouts Zach Line, Margus Hunt and Ja’Gared Davis, just one, CB Kenneth Acker, remains on the Hilltop.

South Florida

Why To Be Grouchy … there’s not a single returning all-star on the 2013 roster. The Bulls are noticeably thin at a number of positions, most notably behind center. B.J. Daniels was weekly crapshoot, but he also was a four-year starter. Senior Bobby Eveld and sophomore Matt Floyd have flubbed auditions, combining for three career touchdown passes and 12 picks.

Temple


Why To Be Grouchy … there’s no end in sight to the futility on offense. Neither Chris Coyer nor Clinton Granger will frighten opposing defenses with their arms, and talented running backs Montel Harris and Matt Brown have both graduated. After being held to no more than 20 points seven times in 2012, the Owls are likely to sputter again on offense.

UCF


Why To Be Grouchy … the UCF defense, a staple through the years in Orlando, is about to undergo a mini-makeover. Not only have five starters run out of eligibility, but they were all veteran leaders and playmakers. DE Troy Davis, CB A.J. Bouye and S Kemal Ishmael earned a spot on the all-conference squad, while linebackers Jonathan Davis and Ray Shipman combined for 190 tackles. There’s talent still left on D, but the Knights are unlikely to be as stingy as they were in 2012.

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