We are down to the Top 5 players in the Big East in 2011. You can guess who made the Top 5. But the order awaits ...
Up today: Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers
Making the case: Greene was perhaps the biggest reason why the Scarlet Knights got back to playing some stingy defense in 2011, as he made his presence felt all over the field. He was a tackling machine, recording 140 total — the fifth-best season in school history. He had a whopping 24 more tackles than the next closest player (Max Gruder, Pitt) and was one of 21 players in the entire nation to average double-digit tackles on the season. Oh, and 74 of those 140 tackles were solo — an incredible number to say the least.
Greene's position change has been well documented, and obviously led to his selection as Co-Defensive Player of the Year — the first Rutgers player in school history given the honor. Though he broke his leg in the Pinstripe Bowl against Iowa State, Greene is expected to be ready to go for the start of 2012 — with expectations for an even bigger season.
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
No. 16 Trevardo Williams, DE, UConn
No. 15 Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
No. 14 Julian Miller, DE, West Virginia
No. 13 Bruce Irvin, DE West Virginia
No. 12 Najee Goode, LB, West Virginia
No. 11 Kendall Reyes, DT, UConn
No. 10 JK Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati
No. 9 Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati
No. 8 Ray Graham, RB, Pitt
No. 7 Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
No. 6 Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati