Time to move on in our preseason countdown of the top 25 players in the Big East. 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 included in the list.
No. 11 JK Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati
If you want the definition of a tackling machine, just look up Schaffer. He has racked up 100 or more tackles in each of the past two seasons. In 2010, he finished second in the league with 111, averaging 9.2 a game, and was one of the bright spots on an otherwise dismal Cincinnati defense. He also had 9.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles as a second-team all-conference selection.
Now he returns for his third season as a starter and as the defensive leader. No doubt Cincinnati will be counting on him to help the defense have a much better performance this season. Plus, he is one of the most experienced Big East linebackers, a position that lost a lot of solid players to graduation. He should make the all-conference team this year.
No. 25 Dave Teggart, PK, UConn
No. 24 B.J. Daniels, QB, USF
No. 23 Tino Sunseri, QB, Pitt
No. 22 Victor Anderson, RB, Louisville
No. 21 Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati
No. 20 Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
No. 19 Jarred Holley, S, Pitt
No. 18 Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
No. 17 Julian Miller, DE, West Virginia
No. 16. D.J. Woods, WR, Cincinnati
No. 15 Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn
No. 14 Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville
No. 13 Mark Harrison, WR, Rutgers
No. 12 Moe Petrus, C, UConn