News and Notes from Big East Media Day

Rutgers ranked fifth — The annual media poll in Newport, R.I. has the Scarlet Knights ranked fifth out of the eight teams in the conference. Despite railing off seven straight wins to close out last season and returning their entire offensive line and many defensive standouts, the Knights' losses of Mike Teel and Kenny Britt appear to be killers to the media.

Pittsburgh, despite losing running back LeSean McCoy and linebacker Scott McKillop, is the favorite to win the conference. West Virginia ranks in at second with Cincinnati and USF ranking in at three and four. Connecticut, Louisville and Syracuse round out the bottom, in that order.

It is important to note that the team picked fifth at the start of last season, Cincinnati, won the whole conference.

Dom still on topRutgers head coach Greg Schiano told reporters at media day that fifth-year senior Dom Natale is still the No. 1 quarterback at this time, but that a "fully recovered" Jabu Lovelace will still have a great shot to win the job.

Lovelace is No. 2 on the depth chart followed by D.C. Jefferson, Steve Shimko and Tom Savage in that order.

Schiano said that he doesn't have a set date for choosing his starter, but the sooner the better.

Young suffers setback — Rutgers running back Kordell Young suffered yet another setback in his recovery from knee surgery. He will be limited in work for the majority of training camp.

Sanu stays at wide receiver — After two impressive practices and his spring game performance, freshman Mohamed Sanu will stay at wide receiver for the time being.

Sanu played quarterback at South Brunswick High School and played safety for the majority of spring training camp after enrolling early.

Big East Notes — Syracuse quarterback and former Duke point guard Greg Paulus has apparently impressed his teammates so far. He is not listed on the two-deep, but first year head coach Doug Marrone said that he will get a fair shot at the starting job.

The four players on the covers of the Big East media guide are Cincy's Tony Pike, WVU's Noel Devine, Pitt's Greg Romeus and USF's George Selvie.

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