Mountaineers/Panthers dominate 2010 DraftNasty Preseason All-Big East Team
July 31st, 2010 By De'Angelo Bryant
The only time one should mention Pitt and West Virginia in the same sentence is when referring to the famous rivalry game commonly known as the “Backyard Brawl.” Two West Virginia standouts, Jock Sanders and Noel Devine are slated as DraftNasty’s All-Purpose and Offensive Players of the Year, while Pittsburgh defensive end Greg Romeus is tabbed as the Defensive Player of the Year. Although both teams are representing this team well, neither of the schools have been able to bring home a Big East title in the last three seasons.
Big East Offensive Player of the Year- Noel Devine
#12 Zach Collaros JR Cincinnati
Collaros stepped in midway through the 2009 season when Tony Pike was injured against South Florida. He went a perfect 4-0, completing 75% of his passes. He has good athleticism and mobility, but lacks the prototypical size for an NFL QB.
#4 Zach Fraser SR Connecticut
The Notre Dame transfer emerged as the starting QB last season over Cody Endres. He plays in one of the most balanced offenses in the country and the 'Huskies pattern its identity after a pro style offense. While he has the measurables, in his delivery he short arms throws, resulting in less velocity on many of his passes.
#7 Noel Devine SR West Virginia
One the most creative backs in the country in between the tackles. Small and shifty, with the ability to break the big run anytime he touches the ball. Could draw comparisons to Dexter McCluster come draft time. The All-Big East performer averaged 6.1 yards a carry in 2009 and had 7 runs of 50 plus yards from scrimmage.
#23 Jordan Todman JR Connecticut
Despite splitting time with Andre Dixon, Todman rushed for a team high 1,188 yards and 14 touchdowns. His deceptive speed and balance could make him the top RB prospect in the conference by the end of the season.
#3 Delone Carter SR Syracuse
One of the most underrated RB’s in the Big East. He packs a punch as a runner with his 215 pound frame, but needs to improve his agility to elude more tackles.
#82 Jonathan Baldwin JR Pittsburgh
There hasn’t been this much excitement surrounded on a Pitt receiver since Larry Fitzgerald donned the blue and gold. Baldwin is equipped with speed, athleticism, and a 42 inch vertical leap. Baldwin was 3rd in the conference with 57 receptions for 1,111 yards and 8 touchdowns.
#80 Armon Binns SR Cincinnati
Emerged as a downfield threat for the Bearcats offense last season. The more he plays, the better his confidence gets, which could be scary considering he has yet to reach his full potential.
#81 Dontanvia Bogan SR South Florida
Fleet-footed receiver that has all the tools necessary to develop into a top-flight wideout. Demonstrates lack of consistency at this point and needs to develop into a much more efficient route runner. Should see more balls come his way after losing big play threat Carlton Mitchell from a year ago.
#14 Bradley Starks JR West Virginia
Starks started his career at QB before making the transition to WR. Though he dropped a ton of passes last season, he is the best WR prospect on the Mountaineers roster. With Arlic Arnett and Wes Lyons out of the picture, it’s time for Starks to put his superb athleticism to use.
One to Watch
#7 Vidal Hazelton SR Cincinnati
The former USC transfer will be one to watch this upcoming season. Compliments WR mate Binns with his 6’3" 210 pound frame.
#83 Cameron Graham SR Louisville
Named 3rd Team All Big East last season, Graham has yet to fully produce as a pass catching TE. He does display talent as a run blocker similar to former Pitt TE Nate Bynum from a year ago.
#19 Ben Guidugli SR Cincinnati
An undersized TE that was primarily used as a slot receiver in Brian Kelly’s offense last season.
#77 Jason Pinkston SR Pittsburgh
Aided the Big East Rookie of the Year Dion Lewis to 1,799 yards rushing last season. Pinkston is a good run blocker that will most likely project as a RT (right tackle) in the NFL.
#64 Don Barclay JR West Virginia
Athletic LT that protected the backside of QB Jarrett Brown. Arguably the best OL on West Virginia’s front five last season. Graded out higher in more games than any other OL on the team.
#77 Art Frost JR Rutgers
Will make the switch from RG to RT this season after losing two All-Big East performers. Frost is 6’5" 310 pounds with the wingspan to re-direct rushers off the edge.
#52 Lucas Nix JR Pittsburgh
Started all 13 contests last season for the Panthers. Needs to improve his flexibility when on an island with DE’s.
#78 Zach Hurd SR Connecticut
Mammoth OG that paved the way for two 1,000 yard rushers last season.
#77 Josh Jenkins JR West Virginia
Surprising athletic ability. Adequate zone blocker in WVU's spread option attack.
#59 Alex Hoffman JR Cincinnati
Hoffman started 13 games last season in the Bearcats' run to its second straight Big East title. He is a versatile player that has experience at both guard and tackle.
#60 Jason Kelce SR Cincinnati
Named 2nd Team All-Big East last season after protecting one of the most efficient passers in the country. Kelce plays both OG and C for the Bearcats.
#57 Moe Petrus SR Connecticut
Doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty in the trenches. Doesn’t always use great technique, but is physical enough to get the job done.
#70 Ryan Bartholomew SR Syracuse
Appears to have the command of the offensive front. Knowledgeable player with hidden potential.
Big East Defensive Player of the Year- Greg Romeus
#91 Greg Romeus SR Pittsburgh
Last season, Romeus was selected Co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year along with teammate Mick Williams. He led the Panthers with 8 sacks and was second on the team in TFL’s with 11.5. He is a ferocious athlete off the edge, with the ability to dominate a game.
#99 Jonathan Freeny SR Rutgers
This speedy Floridian possesses great speed off the edge. He has natural pass rush ability, but needs to improve against the run.
#97 Julian Miller SR West Virginia
Miller had a silent productive season for the Mountaineers. He recorded 14 TFL’s and 9 sacks. Plays in a 3-4 system where he has some flexibility for a two way go as a pass rusher.
#97 Jabaal Sheard SR Pittsburgh
Solid defender against the run. 10.5 TFL’s in 2009. Suspension clouds status at this point and it remains to be seen whether we will see Sheard for a full season.
One to Watch
#94 Craig Marshall SR South Florida
Had it not been for the arrival of Jason Pierre-Paul, Marshall was penciled to start at DE for the Golden Bulls a year ago. Although South Florida lost two great DE’s in the 2010 NFL Draft, Marshall should step in to provide the same type of pressure off the edge this season.
#93 Scooter Berry SR West Virginia
Plays the strong DE position for the Mountaineers, but will move to the inside in obvious passing situations. Will either project as a 5 technique in a 3-4 defense or a 3 technique in a 4-3 defense.
#95 Derek Wolfe JR Cincinnati
This 6’6" 298 pound specimen could be the best DT in the conference. He is a good two gap defender that can cloud the QB’s passing lanes.
#90 Chris Neild SR West Virginia
A true 3-4 NG with 27 career starts.
#97 Terrell McClain SR South Florida
Athletic interior lineman that required double teams for much of last season. Although he was overshadowed by Selvie and Pierre-Paul, he should draw major attention this season.
One to Watch
#4 Twyon Martin JR Connecticut
Came on strong for the Huskies at the end of last season. Expect him to be a dominant force in the Big East this season.
#8 Lawrence Wilson SR Connecticut
Tremendous sideline to sideline player that registered 140 tackles to lead the Big East.
# 30 JT Thomas SR West Virginia
Second generation Mountaineer exhibits good awareness and football savvy as a defender.
#37 JK Shaffer JR Cincinnati
Displays great cognitive ability, which allows him to play faster than he will time. Needs to improve strength and speed, but will head up a defense that was embarrassed by Florida in the 2010 Sugar Bowl.
#31 Pat Lazear SR West Virginia
Aggressive player that plays the game with passion. Shows the ability to cause disruption as a blitzing LB. Led the Mountaineers last season with 78 tackles.
One to Watch
#32 Doug Hogue SR Syracuse
Undersized LB that made the transition from RB last season. Hogue still has to get over the LB learning curve, but Hogue plays with great anticipation because he knows the offensive side of the ball.
#11 Sabbath Joseph SR South Florida
Has a great LB’s mentality, but has yet to put it all together.
#25 Derrell Smith SR Syracuse
Smith led the Orangemen with 84 tackles and 10.5 TFLs last season. He has the best intangibles of any middle linebacker in the conference. He shows good redirect ability in the box and plays to the flow of the offense.
After the making the switch to the middle last season, Lutrus' numbers dropped significantly. While stats aren’t everything, Lutrus suits better as a MLB than OLB because of his pedestrian speed and range.
One to Watch
Greg Lloyd Jr. SR Connecticut
Lloyd will make the switch to DE this season in order to get him on the field more. The son of former Steelers great Greg Lloyd, the younger version is an exceptional run stuffer at MLB. Just ask Notre Dame’s RB Armando Allen. He leveled him with back to back pad popping hits on the goal line last season.
#22 Brandon Hogan SR West Virginia
Despite only coming up with one pick last season, Hogan displays a shutdown mentality on the island. He plays with great body disposition and exhibits the footwork to go along with it. Hogan led the conference with 11 pass breakups a season ago.
#8 Keith Tandy JR West Virginia
Not quite as athletic as Hogan, but compliments him in their zone schemes. Appeared lost at times last season, but with a year under his belt he should have a much better season.
Johnny Patrick SR Louisville
Emerged as the team’s best defender last season. Does a good job of anticipating the QB’s next move, but is vulnerable to the double move. Could emerge as a top CB prospect in the Big East under new head coach Charlie Strong.
#9 Dominique Battle JR Cincinnati
Made 12 starts last season, coming up with 60 tackles (44 solo). He does a good job of diagnosing plays, and plays with a Floridian type swagger outside.
One to Watch
#2 Quenton Washington JR South Florida
Should be the next South Florida CB to follow in the footsteps of Mike Jenkins (Dallas Cowboys) and Jerome Murphy (St. Louis Rams). Superb athlete, but needs to understand that can’t get him by forever.
#4 David Rowe JR Rutgers
Became more noticeable on film last season when watching the secondary of Rutgers. An athlete waiting to come out of his shell. Needs to capitalize more on the opportunities he gets from game to game.
#26 Kevyn Scott JR Syracuse
Appears on the field at both CB and S. Fast twitch defender with great closing speed.
#31 Dom DeCicco SR Pittsburgh
Presents a great physical presence at 6’2" 230 pounds. He lacks fluidity as a secondary defender, but shows great range when in half field coverage.
#12 Sidney Glover SR West Virginia
Glover is a cross breed secondary defender that plays the bandit/spur position in the Mountaineers defense. He’s a physical player with average coverage ability.
One to Watch
#5 John Lejiste SS South Florida
Hard hitting defender that is filled with potential.
#15 Jerome Junior R-So Connecticut
Started 12 of 13 games last season for the Huskies. Breaks down well when tackling.
#22 Robert Sands JR West Virginia
Sands tied for a league leading 5 interceptions last season. He displays the size, range, and ball skills to be rated as one of the top free safeties in the country.
#35 Mike Holmes SR Syracuse
Recorded 77 tackles and 3 interceptions last season to lead the Orangemen defense. Pesky defender that appears to be valuable when defending mid-range routes. As was evident vs. Penn State last season, he needs to work on not rounding his angles as a tackler in the open field.
One to Watch
#16 Mistral Raymond SR South Florida
Junior College transfer that started 4 games last season. Saw most of his action as a spot player behind Nate Allen at FS. Talented player will have one final season to showcase his talent.
Special Teams Player of the Year- Jock Sanders
#47 Rob Long SR Syracuse
The 2nd team All-Big East performer averaged 43.9 yards a punt last season. Consistent placement punter.
Tyler Bitancourt R-So West Virginia
Clutch kicker that became a scoring weapon for the Mountaineers. Hit the game winning kick in the victory against Pitt last season. 13-15 on field goals in 2009.
Jock Sanders SR West Virginia
Explosive and shifty returner. This is the position he will mostly likely to project at the NFL level.
Jock Sanders SR West Virginia
Sanders averaged nearly 10 catches in the first 3 games of last season. He also serves as the team's RB and primary return specialist.
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