Hubie Graham And Rushel Shell Projected As Breakout Players

Will Graham have a big season? (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Athlon took time to project some breakout players for the Big East. Pitt had two representatives - tight end Hubie Graham and running back Rushel Shell.

I agree on one - the other? I'm not so sure.

I fully expect Graham to put together a good season. When I saw him in the scrimmage this weekend, he was targeted quite a bit. Head coach Paul Chryst likes to use his tight ends and I expect Graham will get plenty of opportunities. He's a nice big target that Tino Sunseri can also use as a bit of a safety blanket and hit on shorter routes. As Athlon's article points out, Graham had 28 catches last year and I expect him to top that in 2012.

Shell, though, might have to wait for his chance to shine. Isaac Bennett has looked unbelievably well since last season ended and had a great spring. He's the clear No. 2 back right now behind Ray Graham and those two could really eat up the bulk of the carries. Chryst likes to split up his running backs' reps, but if both Graham and Bennett play well, it's hard to envision Shell will get a ton of chances.

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