Big East players earn preseason recognition

Catching up with the latest batch of preseason honorees from the Big East ...

Four Big East players were named to the Lombardi Award 2010 watch list last week. The award goes to the top down lineman, tight end or linebacker. The nominees from the league include Pitt's Jason Pinkston and Greg Romeus, UConn's Lawrence Wilson and West Virginia's J.T. Thomas.

Nationalchamps.net also released its preseason All-America teams late last week, and several Big East players made appearances.

Pinkston and Wilson made the first team, along with Pitt running back Dion Lewis. Pittsburgh's Jonathan Baldwin and Romeus were chosen for the second team along with West Virginia safety Robert Sands. The third team features West Virginia's Noel Devine and Brandon Hogan.

Those who received honorable mention notice for the award were Cincinnati's Armon Binns, Ben Guidugli and Alex Hoffman, Connecticut's Greg Lloyd and Zach Hurd, Pitt's Dom DeCicco, Syracuse's Rob Long and West Virginia's Tyler Bitancurt and J.T. Thomas.