Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/26/12

The all Big East squad


BJ Daniels ~ South Florida ~ Senior from Tallahassee, Fl.
If the last year player for the Bulls can stay away from injuries he might be able to complete 60% of his passes and have a Rating of over 139.5, which was his best ever, and surpass the 2,600 yards he threw last year.

Running Backs:

Lyle McCombs ~ Connecticut ~ Sophomore from Staten Island, N.Y.
They say that the biggest jump is from the first to the second year playing in college, if that is the case the sophomore should have a heck of a season having racked up over 1,150 yards, including six 100+ yd games, and seven TDs in year one.

Matt Brown ~ Temple ~ Senior from Baltimore, Md
He has never broken the 1K yards in his first three years, but this should be the year he does that, as well as get more than seven touchdowns in one season. In 2011 five out of the last six games he rushed for 100 yards each time. Look for more of the same in 2012.

Wide Receivers:

Alec Lemon ~ Syracuse ~ Senior from Crofton, Md
The last year player was one of the top wide outs last season for a team that did not do much, getting 834 yards and scoring six times. With the Orange getting back deep threat Marcus Sales this should open up even more possibilities the wide out in 2012, who had two 150+ yds games and a pair of 90+ games. Add to all of this that SU seems shaky in the running game and this could be a wild campaign for the young man.

Anthony McClung ~ Cincinnati ~ Junior from Indianapolis, In
His 683 yards last season might not have been a lot, but close to 14 yards per catch is not bad at all, and neither was his six touchdowns. The game against the Huskies of 8 catches for 142 yds and a pair of TDs highlights how good he can be in 2012.

Tight End:

Ryan Griffin ~ Connecticut ~ Senior from Londonherry, N.H.
When it comes to a solid returning starter on offense few others would come before the last season Husky, who had 499 yards and three TDs last season. Without a doubt he will outdo himself in 2012, and you can be sure to hear his name a lot for being at his position.


Mario Benavides ~ Louisville ~ Senior from Los Fresnox, Tx
Last year the young man was the only experienced player on the offensive line for his squad, this season he is going to be the center piece of a line that all members will have played major minutes in the 2011 campaign.


Jake Smith ~ Louisville ~ Sophomore from Jacksonville, Al
He might only be on his second season in college but he had one heck of a season in his first one and 2012 should only get better for him and his squad. The only thing that this player should fear is the sophomore jinx.

Adam Masters ~ Connecticut ~ Senior from Bethesda, Md
He should be the anchor for this core of players, being at his third season starting and having one extra year of eligibility due to an injury last season. If he can stay away from the injury bug he should be a heck of a player.


Mark Popek ~ South Florida ~ Senior from Plant City, Fl
The last year player started all the games last season and should do just as well as he did in 2011 when the team was a force on offense.

Kaleb Johnson ~ Rutgers ~ Sophomore from Jacksonville, Fl
Another second year player making this list, and he does because my top choice out of Syracuse (James Pugh) is injured and I am not sure how long he will be out and how well he will do once back.

Defensive Ends:

Trevardo Williams ~ Connecticut ~ Senior from Bridgeport, Ct
He is coming off a top notch season with 12.5 sacks, nothing should stop him from having another double digit sack season to go along 50 plus tackles. In years to come look for his name in the NFL as well.

Walter Stewart ~ Cincinnati ~ Senior from Ashville, Oh
This is definitely my biggest stretch of the lot, as this is a converted linebacker coming into his last season in college. But I sometimes find that when an experienced player moves to a place that the opponents have not time to scout they might just have a stellar season.

Defensive Tackles:

Scott Vallone ~ Rutgers ~ Senior from Central Islip, N.Y.
In his last season in college and with almost 40 starts during his career he should be someone that all the opponent’s offenses will have to deal with in the 2012 campaign.

Aaron Donald ~ Pittsburgh ~ Junior from Pittsburgh, Pa
Came in second last season in sacks with 11, and with the team switching to a three man line the young man will be even more the corner stone for a program which will be in their last year in the Big East. The biggest key will be how much pressure his team mates can take off of him.


Khaseem Greene ~ Rutgers ~ Senior from Elizabeth, N.J.
The last year player could be the most dominant player on defense in the Big East coming off a co Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 when he had 141 tackles. All eyes will be on him during this campaign, both from the opposition and from the NFL scouts.

DeDe Lattimore ~ South Florida ~ Junior from Athens, Ga
He is the center piece of a core of players that will have all the starters returning from a season ago. With close to 100 tackles last season there is no reason for the young man to have an even better campaign in 2012.

Preston Brown ~ Louisville ~ Junior from Cincinnati, Oh
Has seen action in every game since getting into college, his first year being a big piece of special teams and then a year ago winning out the line backer spot and gathering 84 tackles in all. Now getting all the work out with the first team should only help him this season.


Logan Ryan ~ Rutgers ~ Senior from Berlin, N.J.
Last season he had a good campaign grabbing second team all conference. With most of the secondary coming back on this squad there is no reason why the last year player could not be even better.

Blidi Wreh-Wilson ~ Connecticut ~ Senior from Edinboro, Pa
Last year it would have been a lot better for the then junior if not for missing a big part of the season with an injury. Now, with the nagging problems hopefully behind, the young man should easily out do the 38 tackles and couple of picks from 2011.


Drew Frey ~ Cincinnati ~ Senior from Wilmington, Oh
The sixth year senior is going to have another good season, topping the 72 tackles from a year ago and the pair of interceptions.

Hakeem Smith ~ Louisville ~ Junior from Jonesboro, Ga
His four games for 10+ tackles were a good vision of what we could see in 2012 from this young man who is going to be the corner stone of the defensive backs of his squad.

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