Big East lunchtime links: Ankle ends Hester's spring

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

• South Florida wide receiver Jessie Hester is out for the rest of the spring with an ankle injury, Greg Auman writes in the St. Petersburg Times.

"We know Jessie can play," coach Jim Leavitt said. "I'm not as concerned about that. I want him to get healthy."

• Sophomore Max Gruder has climbed to the top of Pitt's depth chart at weakside linebacker over more experienced players, Kevin Gorman writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"I think Max really deserves an opportunity to be the starter," coach Dave Wannstedt said. "He hasn't made many mistakes. He's played [in 13 games], and even though he's a sophomore, because of his experience, he doesn't act that way."

• Pittsburgh's entrenched starters are trying to make sure they don't get complacent, Colin Dunlap writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

• West Virginia has a lot of youth on the offensive line, Jack Bogaczyk writes in the Charleston Daily Mail.

• Sophomores Twyon Martin and Kendall Reyes are now established veterans at defensive tackle for UConn, Zac Boyer writes in the Hartford Courant.