Spring absentees who need to come through

The product you see in spring practice isn't necessarily indicative of the team you'll see in the fall. That's because several players are held out of spring drills because of injury, academics or just plain precaution.

The following is a list of players who missed all or significant parts of the spring and need to come through for their teams when it really counts.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats had a lot of injuries this spring that cost several players time. They'll need right tackle C.J. Cobb (ankle surgery) to come back strong, and, of course, they hope running back Isaiah Pead's sore knee that kept him out of the spring game isn't serious.

Connecticut: Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson didn't play this spring because of offseason shoulder surgery, and the Huskies' secondary badly needs his playmaking abilities. Offensive lineman Jimmy Bennett and Greg Lloyd could add valuable depth in the trenches if they recover from knee problems.

Louisville: Running backs Victor Anderson (shoulder surgery) and Jeremy Wright (sports hernia) were either limited or missed time this spring. That position should be one of the Cardinals' strong suits this season. And they'll need good health from safety Terrence Simien (kidney).

Pittsburgh: Safeties Andrew Taglianetti (knee) and Dom DeCicco (foot) should be fully healed by fall camp, adding much-needed depth and experience to the Panthers' secondary.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights already had some kinks to work out in their offensive line, and that wasn't helped by injuries to center Howard Barbieri and tackle Desmond Wynn this spring. Obviously, both guys need to come back strong for Rutgers to capitalize on its potential.

South Florida: If the Bulls could get anything out of receiver A.J. Love (torn ACL) this spring, it would provide a major bonus. And, of course, quarterback B.J. Daniels needs to be fully recovered from his shoulder surgery, but no one expects that to be a problem.

Syracuse: The Orange managed to avoid the injury bug for the most part. But standout linebacker Doug Hogue needed knee surgery after the spring game. He should be fine by the time August arrives. And, naturally, suspended running back Delone Carter's status will be a question that lingers through the summer.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers won't get where they want to go unless quarterback Geno Smith (foot) is able to do a whole lot more than he could this spring. Getting Scooter Berry back to his 2008 form would also help the defensive line immensely.