The Big East's best: Scott Lutrus, No. 13

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

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

No. 13

Scott Lutrus, LB, Connecticut

Why him here: Lutrus might be the prototypical Randy Edsall player. He didn't come to campus with a lot of acclaim -- his other listed college choices were Massachusetts, Columbia and Penn. Lutrus is probably still anonymous to most non-Big East fans.

But the 6-foot-2, 235-pound junior simply plays the game the right way and is incredibly productive. As a freshman, he had 107 tackles and four interceptions. He followed that up with 106 stops last year, making him the leading returning tackler in the Big East. He reminds some of another tackling machine named Scott -- Pitt's Scott McKillop -- even though Lutrus plays on the outside instead of the inside.

Lutrus was arrested on a misdmeanor charge of interfering with police last month. Assuming that doesn't have lasting ramifications, he should be regarded as one of the top defensive players in the Big East for '09.

The countdown

No. 14: Jarrett Brown, QB, West Virginia
No. 15
: Aaron Berry, CB, Pittsburgh
No. 16: Robert Vaughn, S, Connecticut
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