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The Big East's best: No. 4

It's Final Four time. No, not basketball. The final four of our Big East Top 25 player countdown, based on performance and impact last season:

No. 4

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia, Soph.

Preseason rank: Not ranked

2010 numbers: Completed 241 of 373 passes for 2,763 yards, with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Making the case for Smith: Here is my choice for the best Big East quarterback of 2010, no matter how the coaches voted on the all-league team. Smith had the highest completion percentage in the league (64.8 percent), and his touchdown-to-interception ratio was better than any other conference signalcaller. He also led the way in passer efficiency rating.

Was Smith perfect? No. His three interceptions against Syracuse played a huge role in that home upset. But don't forget that after Noel Devine got hurt, Smith had to burden most of the load on offense as a first-year starter. His heroics against Marshall won't soon be forgotten in Morgantown. And when the Mountaineers made their late-season push, he had eight touchdown passes and just one interception in the four-game winning streak.

The scary thing is, with Dana Holgorsen's new offense coming in, Smith can get so much better. He's already one of the Big East's best.

Previously

No. 25: Zach Hurd, OG, Connecticut

No. 24: Dave Teggart, K, Connecticut

No. 23: Derrell Smith, LB, Syracuse

No. 22: J.T. Thomas, LB, West Virginia

No. 21: Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville

No. 20: Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh

No. 19: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

No. 18: Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati

No. 17: Kendall Reyes, DL, Connecticut

No. 16: Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh

No. 15: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh

No. 14: Robert Sands, S, West Virginia

No. 13: Brandon Lindsey, DE, Pittsburgh

No. 12: Doug Hogue, LB, Syracuse

No. 11: Brandon Hogan, CB, West Virginia

No. 10: Terrell McClain, DT, South Florida

No. 9: Chris Neild, DT, West Virginia

No. 8: Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut

No. 7: Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati

No. 6: Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse

No. 5: Armon Binns, WR, Cincinnati