The Big East's best: No. 13, B.J. Daniels

A postseason ranking of the Big East's top 30 players ...

No. 13

B.J. Daniels, QB, South Florida, Fr.

DanielsPreseason rank: NR

Why him here: I thought long and hard about where to rank both Daniels and Rutgers' Tom Savage, two seriously promising freshmen quarterbacks. I ended up putting Daniels higher because, even though Savage is a more polished passer, his South Florida counterpart seems to have an even higher ceiling.

Daniels' athleticism is simply off the charts. Like Matt Grothe, the man he replaced because of an injury in Week 3, Daniels can scramble around and avoid oncoming pass-rushers, leaving them grasping for air. But he also possesses a monster arm and can heave it half the field.

We saw those skills throughout the season, as Daniels passed for 1,983 yards and 14 touchdowns while also rushing for 772 yards and nine scores. We also saw him make a lot of rookie mistakes and often run around with no apparent plan for what to do next. But this was Daniels' first full year of playing, and if he can harness his talents, his potential is without peer. It will be fun to compare and contrast he and Savage over the next few seasons and see who ends up having the better career.


No. 14: Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh

No. 15: Tim Brown, WR, Rutgers

No. 16: Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut

No. 17: Arthur Jones, DT, Syracuse

No. 18: Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut

No. 19: Tom Savage, QB, Rutgers

No. 20: Andre Dixon, RB, Connecticut

No. 21: Bill Stull, QB, Pittsburgh

No. 22: Nate Allen, S, South Florida

No. 23: Marcus Easley, WR, Connecticut

No. 24: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

No. 25: Jarrett Brown, QB, West Virginia

No. 26: George Selvie, DE, South Florida

No. 27: Kion Wilson, LB, South Florida

No. 28: Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh

No. 29: Lindsey Witten, DE, Connecticut

No. 30: Jeff Linkenbach, OT, Cincinnati