The Big East's best: No. 9

Moving on in our countdown of the Top 25 players in the Big East we find the first of several West Virginia players ranked in the top 10.

No. 9 Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia

There is no doubting that Tandy is the best cornerback in the Big East. A first-team all-conference selection a year ago, Tandy tied for No. 5 nationally in passes defended (17) and tied for No. 10 in interceptions (six). Both those marks led the Big East. While there are those who might remember some of the big plays he has given up, he has made more plays than he has allowed. You do not start 27 of 32 career games you have played in if you are just average.

Going into this season, Tandy is going to move over to the left cornerback spot and also play more on special teams. When asked what he worked on this summer to get better, Tandy said conditioning was paramount because he is going to be doing more this season. He also worked on his footwork and becoming more of a leader. As one of only four starters returning to the defense, West Virginia will be counting on him to be even better in 2011.

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

No. 12 Moe Petrus, C, UConn

No. 11 JK Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati

No. 10 Sio Moore, LB, UConn