2008 Spring Game Reviews - Big East
Connecticut DB Darius Butler
Connecticut DB Darius Butler
Posted May 5, 2008

What happened in the Big East spring games? John Harris reviews the final scrimmages of the spring season.

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By John Harris


The Black team rallied from behind to beat the Red 23-14 in Bearcat Bowl II.  Notre Dame transfer Demetrius Jones threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Marshawn Gilyard with just over a minute left as the Red took a late 17-14 lead.  Then, as the Red team got into its two minute drill late in the game, Brandon Underwood ended all hope with a 67-yard pick six that sealed the deal for the Black.


The annual Blue-White contest was a nailbiter as the White’s Darius Butler caught a 27 yard game winning touchdown late in the game for a 21-20 White victory.  Yes, potential All-Big East cornerback Darius Butler.  Although Butler’s two-way exploits made for an exciting day for the White team, he wasn’t alone.  Running back Robbie Frey ran for 92 yards on 14 carries, including one touchdown.  The Blue got a magnificent defensive performance from Kendall Reyes who had 3.5 tackles for a loss (three sacks)


The Hunter Cantwell era commenced in Louisville, well, what’s left of it anyway, and if the spring game is any indication, the offense should have a strong year.  The offense beat the defense 38-17 as Cantwell directed the offensive attack to 401 total offensive yards.  Cantwell completed eleven of 18 for 103 yards and one touchdown, while running back Brock Bolen ran for 76 yards on 13 carries.


As a national television audience watched on the NFL Network (with Coach Wannstedt as the color analyst), the Pitt offense piled up big numbers in a 60-25 win over the defense.  Quarterbacks Bill Stull and Pat Bostick were solid, completing 18 of 25 passes for 161 yards.  While star running back LeSean McCoy saw limited action, Shariff Harris picked up the slack, rushing for 65 yards and a touchdown.


With over 14,000 people on hand, the Scarlet defeated the White 28-14 in the annual spring game at Rutgers Stadium.  Rising senior quarterback Mike Teel threw the ball all over the yard, torching the White defense on 16 of 25 passing for 235 yards and three touchdowns.  Two of those scoring tosses went to potential All Big East receiver Tiquan Underwood.  Running back Joe Martinek was the top player on the white squad, rushing for 70 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown in a losing effort.

South Florida  

Sacks and defense were the name of the game for the Bulls during the squad’s annual spring game, a 6-3 physical affair.  The two teams accounted for nine sacks, led by Jarrett Buie’s four for the White team.  All-American defensive end George Selvie dominated the first half with three sacks for the Green team and sat for the entire second half.  His offensive star counterpart Matt Grothe did complete all five of his throws, but, as expected during spring practice, he did very little outside the pocket.


The Blue, scoring on the final play of the game, defeated the White 20-13 in the team’s annual spring game.  Nick Provo caught a four yard touchdown from David Legree to lead the Blue to the win over the White.  Quarterback Andrew Robinson, one year removed from taking over as the starter, saw limited action, while Legree had a strong day under center, including his toss for the game winning touchdown.

West Virginia  

When the proverbial lights went on in Morgantown, the star-studded offense turned it up a couple of notches, piling up 336 yards of total offense in the team’s annual Blue-Gold spring game.  Heisman candidate Pat White completed 12 of 16 passes for 133 yards, while quicksilver running back Noel Devine averaged nearly seven yards per carry on his six carries.  The defensive star of the day was Najee Goode who led the defense with ten tackles.