Monday, April 23, 2007

Spring Reports

Atlantic Coast

Duke: With quarterback Zack Asack suspended for plagiarism, Thaddeus Lewis took all the snaps during the spring game.

Big East

Cincinnati: New coach Brian Kelly wasted no time putting his wide-open offense on display.

Louisville: Brian Brohm had three touchdown passes, but had four passes intercepted during Cardinals' spring finale.

Rutgers: The story came off the field, where running back Ray Rice had surgery to remove a bone chip on his right ankle.

Syracuse: The Orange may have found a starting quarterback in sophomore Andrew Robinson.

Big 12

Kansas State: Coach Ron Prince could have a quarterback controversy on his hands.

Missouri: Quarterback Chase Daniel has a message for anyone who pegs the Tigers as Big 12 North Division favorites: Bring it on.

Big Ten

Illinois: Ron Zook's offense displayed a developing big-play combination between second-year quarterback Juice Williams and freshman receiver Arrelious Benn.

Michigan State: An estimated 25,000 fans attended the Spartans' first spring game since Nick Saban's last season in 1999.

Northwestern: A sluggish offense could get a boost from former backup quarterback Andrew Brewer, who is now starting at receiver.

Penn State: A group of big receivers could add a new dimension to the offense.

Purdue: Anthony Heygood, who was buried on the depth chart at running back, appears to have cracked the starting lineup at linebacker.

Wisconsin: The quarterback derby between Tyler Donovan and Allan Evridge appears to be a dead heat.


Notre Dame: An announced crowd of 51,852 saw very little of quarterback Jimmy Clausen and a lot of running back Junior Jabbie.


Alabama: Nick Saban's remodeling project is a big hit in Tuscaloosa — witness the record turnout of 92,138 — but the Crimson Tide coach continues to push for improvement.

Kentucky: The offense got its share of big plays, but coach Rich Brooks was encouraged by the improved play of the defense.

Sun Belt

Florida International: Coach Mario Cristobal's first spring game had quite the ambiance, including complimentary food featuring six roasted pigs.

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