We're down to the Elite Eight in our countdown of the Top 25 players in the Big East in 2010, based on performance and impact last season ...
Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut, Sr.
Preseason rank: No. 11
2010 numbers: Led the Big East with 123 tackles, including 10 for loss and 3.5 sacks. Also had an interception, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Making the case for Wilson: All Wilson has done the last two years is collect 263 tackles, far and away leading all Big East players. But this is about 2010, and Wilson remained a defensive force for the Big East champion Huskies.
Moved to middle linebacker from the weakside spot he played in 2009, the 6-foot-1, 226-pound Wilson used his speed and smarts to make stops at key times. If there was any moment that defined his season, it was his 55-yard interception return for a touchdown in the season finale against South Florida. That was UConn's only touchdown in that BCS-clinching win.
Wilson finished with more than 110 tackles in three of his four years with the Huskies. He is undersized for the next level, but NFL scouts would be foolish to ignore his production.
No. 25: Zach Hurd, OG, Connecticut
No. 24: Dave Teggart, K, Connecticut
No. 23: Derrell Smith, LB, Syracuse
No. 21: Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville
No. 20: Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh
No. 19: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
No. 18: Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati
No. 17: Kendall Reyes, DL, Connecticut
No. 16: Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh
No. 15: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
No. 14: Robert Sands, S, West Virginia
No. 13: Brandon Lindsey, DE, Pittsburgh
No. 12: Doug Hogue, LB, Syracuse
No. 11: Brandon Hogan, CB, West Virginia
No. 10: Terrell McClain, DT, South Florida