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For more previews, predictions and prognostications, go to the CollegeFootballNews.com. The Skinny: This will be fun to watch as the offense has players with Big East experience, but now the pieces have to fit into place to actually score some points. The running game, along with the rest of the offense, was woeful last season and needs the front line to play better and the passing game to stretch the defense to give the fine pair of running backs to room to move. Quarterbacks: The team's top two quarterbacks return for , now one of them has to produce. Sophomore suffered growing pains as a true freshman throwing 19 interceptions and only nine touchdown passes, but he did show flashes of talent at times. Cubit has a rocket of an arm and as the son of offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, he'll have no problem learning from his coaching. Backing up Cubit is senior who played in six games last year. Sophomore is a multi-purpose threat with a big arm and decent scrambling ability. Grade: C- ... Everything depends on the development of Cubit. As he progresses, so does the offense and the team's fortunes.
Returning Starters (8)
QB , 6-3 195 Soph.
RB , 6-0 195 Soph.
TE , 6-4 243 Sr.
WR , 6-4 205 Sr.
C , 6-4 291 Sr.
OG Marty Pysczcymuka, 6-2 260 Sr.
OT , 6-5 300 Sr.
OT , 6-5 288 Sr.
Running Backs: The backs could quietly become the strength of the offense with a pair of decent backs who have both speed and power. Sophomore ran for 327 yards last season and will split time with sophomore . These two will combine to evenly carry the workload, but of the two Pittman should turn out to be the better back. Converted tight end, senior will start at fullback. At only 215-pounds, Pilch lacks the battering ram element that senior backup provides. Grade: B ... Jones and Pittman will be fine if teams aren't able to load up against the run. The two will be asked to carry the offense is QB struggles. Receivers: The Knights have several returning receivers, but a few have to produce and threaten defenses. Senior , at 6-4 and 205 pounds, has the prototypical size and will be the team's most dangerous target if other receivers step up to take the heat off him. Seniors and each have experience, but haven't produced. The coaching staff is expecting sophomores Trey Moses and to be counted on. The team's best receiver is preseason All-Big East tight end who led the team with 30 catches last season. He'll be backed up by junior who switched over last year from linebacker. Grade: C+ ... Smith is one of the nation's best tight ends and Martin has the potential to be a big-time playmaker. Now the rest of the corps needs to step up. Offensive Line: Here's where needs the biggest improvement. Four players with starting experience return as they had no push in the running game and failed to protect the quarterback. The starting configuration could change throughout the season. On the left side, seniors and will battle it out at tackle while junior will push senior Marty Pysczcymuka for the starting guard job. Senior returns to start at right tackle backed up by junior . Junior right tackle is the team's biggest lineman at 318 pounds. Senior returns at center backed up by junior . Grade: C ... Pysczcymuka, Duffy, Esposito, Carswell and Blackwood combined to make 50 starts last season and that cohesion has to turn into production this year.
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