The Big East's best: No. 2

We are down to the final two in our countdown of the top 25 players in the Big East.

No. 2 Brandon Lindsey, DE/LB, Pitt

It was a toss up between Lindsey and Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros in the 2-3 spot. Ultimately I went with Lindsey for a variety of reasons. First, I think he has an excellent chance to continue the Pitt tradition of stalwart defensive players and win the league player of the year award. His ability to disrupt rushing off the edge is terrific. Lindsey led the league with 17.5 tackles for loss last season and was second with 10 sacks.

Second, he will be playing the new "Panther" position, a hybrid defensive end/linebacker role that seems suited for him and his ability to rush the passer. At 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, he will be lining up from a standing position, something he says will make him even better.

"It definitely will help me out getting to the quarterback a little quicker because I can see the ball a lot easier than I would if I was coming out of a stance," Lindsey said. "Getting off the ball as quickly as I can will help me get a jump on the tackle."

The countdown

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

No. 11 JK Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati

No. 10 Sio Moore, LB, UConn

No. 9 Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia

No. 8 Ray Graham, RB, Pitt

No. 7 Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati

No. 6 Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

No. 5 Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia

No. 4 Kendall Reyes, DT, UConn

No. 3 Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati