As a reminder, we are projecting the best 25 players this coming season based on past performance, the way they impact their teams and with input from other coaches and players around the league. Freshmen, transfers and other newcomers are not being included in the list.
No. 23 QB Tino Sunseri, Pitt
Everyone gets tired of hearing the word "potential" when it comes to all the rankings that we have done throughout the offseason. But we are projecting here, and when projecting we have got to think about potential. When you look at the system Sunseri is going to be running at Pitt, it is easy to project him landing into the Top 25 of this list. The scheme new coach Todd Graham is bringing better fits his strengths. He has a quality offensive line and quality running back to help out. And the hurry-up should keep defenses on their heels and the Panthers offense with a distinct advantage.
The question is his touch on the deep passes, but that is something he is working on. Try to remember that this type of scheme will maximize high percentage passes, so that plays to his strengths as well. Last season Sunseri threw for 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. For comparison's sake, G.J. Kinne threw for 31 touchdowns and was Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 when Graham was the head coach. There is every expectation for Sunseri to be much improved, and for the Panthers offense to be less slogging and more high flying.
No. 25 Dave Teggart, UConn
No. 24 B.J. Daniels, USF