The Big East's best: No. 2, Mardy Gilyard

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

No. 2

Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati, Sr.

Preseason rank: 5

Why him here: What more could Mardy Gilyard have done for Cincinnati?

He led the Big East in both catches (87, or 15 more than the nearest receiver) and receiving yards (1,191) while tying with teammate Armon Binns for the lead in touchdown catches with 11. He also led the league in kickoff returns at 30.5 yards per attempt, while scoring two touchdowns. And he tied for the league lead in punt return average (12.6) while scoring another touchdown there.

For the second straight season, he was named the Big East special teams player of the year. He almost singlehandedly brought his team back from the brink in the Pitt game with the Big East title on the line. He finished his career as the Big East's second all-time leading receiver.

In short, he did just about everything a team could ask in his college career.

What's the future hold? Gilyard should be a high-round draft pick, with the only question being his size (a slender 185 pounds on his 6-foot-1 frame) and his ability to get separation at the line of scrimmage. I've got to believe he'll be a productive player at the next level.

You could make a strong case for Gilyard as the Big East's best player in 2009, and you'd get no argument from me. But my choice for No. 1 -- not like it's a surprise at this point -- will be revealed later today.


No. 3: Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia

No. 4: Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh

No. 5: Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh

No. 6: Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati

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