The ballots have been counted, and I'm going over the results from last week's Big East polls that you voted on. I'm taking them two at a time, and now let's look at the polls on biggest impact newcomers and the defensive player of the year.
The newcomer poll showed the power of the West Virginia fan base, as running back Vernard Roberts surprisingly -- at least to me -- ran away with 54 percent of the vote. Roberts is a true freshman who enrolled early and rose to the top of the depth chart by the end of the spring.
There's no question that Roberts could have a huge impact in Dana Holgorsen's offense. My concern would be whether he truly wins the starting job. The Mountaineers have a lot of candidates at the tailback spot and will add to that this summer when Andrew Buie and Dustin Garrison arrive. Roberts has the edge for now, but will it last?
Incoming freshman Savon Huggins finished second with 15 percent of the vote. If he lives up to his considerable hype, he could be special. My choice is another Rutgers player: redshirt freshman receiver Brandon Coleman, who finished last of the five candidates with eight percent of the vote. He had a year of practice last season and could be a matchup nightmare with his 6-foot-6 frame. He had a great spring practice, and even with a shaky offensive line, I expect Rutgers to exploit that mismatch in the passing game.
Next up is the defensive player of the year poll. It came as no surprise that West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin dominated with 58 percent of the vote. He's become a folk hero in Morgantown after putting up 14 sacks in a limited role last season. He should be the preseason favorite for the award based on those numbers, though Pitt's Brandon Lindsey (14 percent) shouldn't be far behind. The Panthers have won the last three defensive player of the year awards. I'd vote for Irvin, too, though I caution that the preseason favorite doesn't often win this award.