We are counting down the top 25 players in the Big East, one player at a time.
Up next: Trevardo Williams, DE, UConn.
Making the case: It is pretty easy to make a case for Williams when you consider the growth he showed this season. Williams led the league with 12.5 sacks and was No. 2 in the nation in sacks per game (1.04) behind only Whitney Mercilus of Illinois. I can all but guarantee nobody outside of Connecticut or even Big East territory would be able to guess that. His performance in 2011 ranks second on the single-season school sacks list. Williams always has been a fast player, which allows him to get off the edge quickly. But he really worked on his technique, specifically hand placement, and that got him to blossom.
Paul Pasqualoni said this of Williams' improvement: “Trevardo’s get-off has always been good. He’s doing a very good job of staying on the edge, using his hands to knock the tackle’s hands down. And he’s doing a good job of not standing behind the quarterback in the pass rush."
Preseason ranking: NR.
No. 25 Ryne Giddins, DE, USF
No. 24 Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia
No. 23 Duron Harmon, S, Rutgers
No. 22 Antwon Bailey, RB, Syracuse
No. 21 Lyle McCombs, RB, UConn
No. 20 Dexter Heyman, LB, Louisville
No. 19 Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville
No. 18 Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
No. 17 Aaron Donald, DE, Pitt