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The Big East's best: No. 6, Tony Pike

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

No. 6

Pike

PikeTony Pike, QB, Cincinnati, Sr.

Preseason rank: 2

Why him here: Pike was on a Heisman Trophy pace for the first five games of the season, and his final numbers (62.4 percent completion rate, 29 touchdowns, only six interceptions) were still dazzling. For the second straight year, he led Cincinnati to a Big East title and a BCS bowl.

Unfortunately, he also injured his left forearm for the second consecutive season, which forced him to miss the bulk of five games. Still, Pike was as good as ever when he returned, tossing six touchdowns against Illinois and shaking off a rough start to lead the comeback at Pitt.

Pike is an interesting case for the NFL. He's 6-foot-6 with the ability to make all the throws. But he's also thin with an injury history, and he has played in a spread system that might not necessarily translate to a pro-style offense. Pike drew mixed reviews during his time at the Senior Bowl and will get more chances to prove himself at the NFL combine.

But during two years at Cincinnati, just about all he did was win.

Previous:

No. 7: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

No. 8: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

No. 9: Mick Williams, DT, Pittsburgh

No. 10: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

No. 11: Dorin Dickerson, TE, Pittsburgh

No. 12: Robert Sands, S, West Virginia

No. 13: B.J. Daniels, QB, South Florida

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