Big East 2007 Spring Games Wrapup
Posted May 3, 2007

There was more excitement than ever at the Big East spring games with tremendous turnouts at Louisville and West Virginia, while Leslie McGovern and the Rutgers defense also got a chance to show off in front of a big crowd. John Harris gives the quick updates of what happened in the spring games.

By John Harris

2007 Preseason Lookaheads - Big East

Cincinnati – The Bearcats took the field in front of 5,200 fans for the inaugural Bearcat Bowl under new head coach Brian Kelly.  The Red knocked off the Black as incumbent starting quarterback Dustin Grutza finished 17 of 23 for 114 yards and no picks, while fellow Red quarterback Tony Pike hit Earnest Jackson for a 56 yard touchdown. The real excitement was over new WR Mike Daniels, a former running back who missed all of last year with a knee injury, after making a big catch.

Connecticut – The White/Defense hammered the Blue/Offense in the annual spring game 80-46, as linebacker Scott Lutrus intercepted three passes, two of which were returned for touchdowns, and registered nine tackles.  Running back Robert McClain was the offensive star of the game rushing for 109 yards on 18 carries, while running back Andre Dixon racked up 169 yards of total offense.

Louisville – The defense picked off All-American quarterback Brian Brohm in overtime to knock off the offense 51-45 in the debut of new head coach Steve Kragthorpe.  Brohm finished with three touchdowns and four interceptions as he continued to learn Kragthorpe’s new offensive scheme.  The Cardinals defense recorded four interceptions, four sacks and ten tackles for loss as it held off the Brohm-led offense. The D was in Brohm’s face all day long.

Pitt – The defense defeated the offense 62-48 in the annual spring game in Heinz Field.  The defense picked off Pitt quarterbacks three times, including an Elijah Fields 53-yard pick six, and registered three fumble recoveries.  Not much was sorted out with the quarterback battle as Bill Stull and Kevan Smith completed only 19 of 40 passes with those three aforementioned picks.

Rutgers – Over 11,000 fans filled the stands in Piscataway to see the Scarlet knock off the White 16-10, as kicker Jeremy Ito booted three field goals, albeit playing for both teams.  Starting quarterback Mike Teel, who was fantastic all spring, completed 13 of 21 pass for 137 yards to lead the Scarlet to victory.  Most improved offensive player wide receiver Kenny Britt caught three pass for 73 yards for the Scarlet.

South Florida – South Florida’s rising star quarterback Matt Grothe led his White team on a last minute drive to knock off the Green squad 7-6 in front of 4,300 fans.  His three yard run with a minute remaining put the White on top in a defensive battle.  Julian Riley, Aaron Harris and Jarriett Buie each registered two sacks for the Green. However, to guard Matt Huners tore his ACL and might be lost for the year.

Syracuse – With a defensive stand on the final drive of the scrimmage, the Blue/defense recorded a 25-24 victory over the Orange/offense in the annual spring clash.  However, much of the focus in the spring has been on the development of sophomore quarterback Andrew Robinson, who completed 12 of 19 passes through the air for 146 yards and a touchdown. The pressure will be on him as top runner Delone Carter got knocked out for the year during a practice with a dislocated hip.

West Virginia – The Gold/offense defeated the Blue/defense 58-30 as the triumvirate of quarterbacks, Pat White, Jarrett Brown and Adam Bednarik, dominated much of the action with 380 yards through the air.  Brown completed 14 of 17 for 146 yards, while Bednarik was eight of 13 for 118 yards and a touchdown.


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