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.


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