The Big East's best: No. 12

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. 12 Moe Petrus, C, UConn

It is often said that you never want to hear your name called out if you are on the offensive line. Because they only time you truly get noticed is if you do something wrong. Solid consistency is never much noticed. But it should be in the case of UConn center Moe Petrus, who has seamlessly made the transition from guard to center, where he goes into his third season as the starter.

Petrus was a second-team all-conference selection last season. He is the preseason favorite to be the first-team pick this season, having been placed on the watch lists for the Rimington and Lombardi Awards. He helped UConn pave the way for Jordan Todman to gain more than 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons. Not only that, UConn gave up just 15 sacks last season, ranking No. 20 in the nation. His return gives UConn one of the best offensive lines 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

No. 19 Jarred Holley, S, Pitt

No. 18 Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

No. 17 Julian Miller, DE, West Virginia

No. 16. D.J. Woods, WR, Cincinnati

No. 15 Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn

No. 14 Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville

No. 13 Mark Harrison, WR, Rutgers