The Big East's best: No. 16

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. 16 Cincinnati WR D.J. Woods

Woods returns to the explosive Bearcats offense as the top receiver back from a year ago. In 2010, he caught 57 passes for 898 yards and eight touchdowns right behind Armon Binns. With Binns gone, Woods has the opportunity to become the top target for quarterback Zach Collaros.

As the slot receiver, he has the ability to make some pretty explosive plays. His long last year went for 69 yards, tied for the longest reception on the team. The potential is absolutely there for a 1,000-yard season. That potential has gotten national notice, as Woods was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list earlier this summer.

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

No. 19 Jarred Holley, S, Pitt

No. 18 Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

No. 17 Julian Miller, DE, West Virginia