AAC Media Days 2013: Full Schedule, Live Stream, TV Info and Participants

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 28, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals looks to pass against the Florida Gators during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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After the Big East's realignment, the American Athletic Conference kicks off its first official Media Days on Monday in Newport, R.I.

There will be 10 teams in the conference, including Louisville, which defeated Florida in the Sugar Bowl last season, 33-23.

The conference also features Cincinnati, UCF and Rutgers. 

Here's a look at the schedule for the 2013 AAC Media Days, which will feature the coaches and some of the top players from each program. Interviews with coaches and players begin on the second day of the event.

 

Where: The Hotel Viking, Newport, R.I.

When: Tuesday, July 30

Live Stream: TheAmerican.org/Kickoff, ESPN3

 

Schedule

Time (ET) Participants
9:20 a.m.Show Opens
9:30 a.m.UConn
9:45 a.m.UCF
10 a.m.Louisville
10:20 a.m.Memphis
10:35 a.m.Houston
10:50 a.m.Cincinnati 
11:10 a.m.Rutgers
11:25 a.m.USF
11:40 a.m.SMU
12 p.m.Temple
12:15 p.m.Commissioner Mike Aresco

 

Players Attending

PlayerProgram
Blake BortlesUCF
Jordan McCrayUCF
Justin McCrayUCF
Austen BujnochCincinnati
Brendon KayCincinnati 
Greg BlairCincinnati
Jordan SteppCincinnati
Chandler WhitmerUConn
Steve GreeneUConn
Yawin SmallwoodUConn
Shamar StephenUConn
Teddy BridgewaterLouisville
Hakeem SmithLouisville
Damian CopelandLouisville
Preston BrownLouisville
Antonio FosterMemphis
Charles HarrisMemphis
Richie LeoneHouston 
Rowdy HarperHouston
Derrick MathewsHouston
Zach McMillianHouston
Gary NovaRutgers
Brandon ColemanRutgers
Kevin SnyderRutgers
Isaac HolmesRutgers
Andre DavisUSF
Luke SagerUSF
Garrett GilbertSMU
Randall JoynerSMU
Cody BoothTemple
Levi BrownTemple
Chris CoyerTemple
Abdul SmithTemple

 

Projected Top Programs

3. Rutgers

After a nine-win campaign, Rutgers lost seven of its starters on the defensive side of the ball this offseason, including two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year Khaseem Greene and cornerback Logan Ryan.

Beyond that, quarterback Gary Nova struggled last season, averaging 6.9 yards per pass attempt (74th in the nation) while tossing 22 touchdowns to 16 interceptions, despite having star running back Jawan Jamison in the backfield.

Of course, if Nova can improve, there is hope for the Scarlet Knights. Brandon Coleman (718 yards, 10 touchdowns in 2012) is a dangerous receiver, Jamil Merrell and Marcus Thompson provide pressure on the defensive line and Rutgers returns four of its five starting offensive linemen from last season.

 

2. Cincinnati

The arrival of former Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville has excited the fanbase at Cincinnati. 

All five starters from the offensive line also return, as well as inside linebacker Greg Blair, who led the team with 138 tackles last season.

That being said, only five starters return on the defensive side of the ball. Running back George Winn is no longer with the team, as well as Cincy's top two receivers in 2012, Travis Kelce and Kenbrell Thompkins.

Brendon Kay and Munchie Legaux will battle for the starting spot under center.

 

1. Louisville

Louisville returns 14 starters from a team that won 11 games last season, including the Sugar Bowl.

Junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater leads this squad. Bridgewater ranked eighth in the nation in yards per pass attempt last season (8.9) while tossing 27 touchdowns to eight interceptions. That included throwing for 266 yards and two touchdowns to one interception against Florida in the Sugar Bowl.

The Cardinals also return their second-leading rusher from a year ago, Senorise Perry (705 yards, 11 touchdowns), as well as three of their top four receivers (DeVante Parker, Damian Copeland and Eli Rogers). Parker racked up 744 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

And while Louisville did lose one of its top cornerbacks in Adrian Bushnell, it still has the formidable safety duo of Hakeem Smith and Calvin Pryor.

Some are picking Louisville as a legitimate contender for the national championship. With Bridgewater under center, it's no wonder why.

 

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