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Revised 2011 Top 25 countdown: No. 4

The final countdown of the top 25 players in the Big East is nearly complete.

Up today: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

Making the case: Sanu was one of the most productive receivers in the entire nation last season, finishing with a school- and Big East-record 115 receptions -- fourth best in the entire nation. Sanu isn't the flashy sort of receiver, but he was hands down the most reliable and most consistent pass-catcher in the Big East. It says something that he was able to have as much success as he did despite the Scarlet Knights playing musical quarterbacks, having no run game and the constant threat of being double-teamed. He came up time and again with the big first downs. Simply put, he was there for his quarterbacks again and again and again.

His decision to leave for the NFL draft was not a surprise. After such a great season, Sanu had to look out for his future. Rutgers has plenty of talent at the receiver position. But there was talent last season and nobody else really stepped to the forefront. Where he no doubt will be missed the most is on third down, when he was virtually automatic to get the first-down reception and keep the chains moving.

Preseason ranking: No. 20

The countdown:

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

No. 5 Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers