The Big East's best: Robert Vaughn, No. 16

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Ranking the Big East's Top 30 players ...

No. 16

Robert Vaughn, S, Connecticut

Why: Vaughn might not have as much pure athletic ability as the other safety on this list, South Florida's Nate Allen. But there's little doubting that Vaughn gets the most out of his talent.

The 6-foot, 202-pound senior has started 27 games in his career and enters this season as a leader on the Huskies defense. He had a pair of interceptions last year after picking off seven passes in 2007, and he finished third on the team with 67 tackles. The second team All-Big East selection is a legit pro prospect, too.

The countdown

No. 17: Scooter Berry, DL, West Virginia
No. 18:
Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh
No. 19:
Scott Long, WR, Louisville
No. 20:
Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh
No. 21: Jessie Hester Jr., WR, South Florida
No. 22: Ryan Blaszczyk, C, Rutgers
No. 23: Jeff Linkenbach, OT, Cincinnati
No. 24:
Brandon Hogan, CB, West Virginia
No. 25:
Mike Williams, WR, Syracuse
No. 26:
Nate Allen, S, South Florida
No. 27:
Jock Sanders, WR, West Virginia
No. 28: Nate Byham, TE, Pitt
No. 29: Jon Dempsey, LB, Louisville
No. 30: Moe Petrus, OL, UConn