Continuing the countdown of the top 25 players in the Big East for 2010, taking into account past performance and potential for this coming season ...
No. 13: Jock Sanders, WR, West Virginia, Sr.
2009 numbers: Caught 72 passes for 688 yards and three touchdowns and ran 35 times for 175 yards and a score.
Postseason ranking: Not ranked
Making the case for Sanders: As a junior, Sanders threatened the West Virginia single-season receptions record, but he wasn't satisfied. He told me this spring that there is no reason for him not to eclipse 100 catches. And with the Mountaineers' receiving corps a little depleted going into the year, he'll probably get more opportunities.
Sanders averaged less than 10 yards per reception in 2009, and that's another area he wants to improve. He's as fast as any Big East player, and along with good friend Noel Devine gives West Virginia two electric playmakers in the open field. Sanders can line up in the backfield or in the slot, and he's also the team's punt returner. He's so versatile that Bill Stewart called him the Mountaineers' best player this spring.
He's also one of the best in the Big East.
No. 25: Zach Hurd, OG, Connecticut
No. 23: Tino Sunseri, QB, Pittsburgh
No. 22: Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse
No. 21: Steve Beauharnais, LB, Rutgers
No. 20: Vidal Hazelton, WR, Cincinnati
No. 19: Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh
No. 18: Scott Lutrus, LB, Connecticut
No. 17: Chris Neild, DT, West Virginia
No. 16: Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati
No. 15: J.T. Thomas, LB, West Virginia
No. 14: Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh