The Big East's best: No. 19

Time to move on in our preseason countdown of the top 25 players in the Big East. As a reminder, we are projecting the best 25 players this coming season based on past performance, the way they impact their teams and with input from other coaches and players around the league. Freshmen, transfers and other newcomers are not included in the list.

No. 19 Jarred Holley, S, Pitt

Holley goes into his third season as a starter for the Panthers off a year in which he was selected to the All-Big East second-team. In 2010, he had 54 tackles, five interceptions, three pass breakups and one forced fumble. He also tied a career high with nine tackles against Rutgers. His forced fumble on Rutgers' opening drive of the third quarter led to a touchdown for Pitt and a 21-14 lead it never squandered.

Going into this season, the Panthers are switching alignments to the 3-4, and they also have to replace two starters in the secondary. This unit has been shaky at times, but there are no worries about Holley. His experience in the back end should really help the defense remain one of the best in the Big East.

The countdown:

No. 25 Dave Teggart, PK, UConn

No. 24 B.J. Daniels, QB, USF

No. 23 Tino Sunseri, QB, Pitt

No. 22 Victor Anderson, RB, Louisville

No. 21 Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati

No. 20 Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers