Heisman candidates in the Big East

The last Heisman Trophy winner from the Big East was Miami's Gino Torretta in 1992. The last player from a current Big East school to win college football's big prize was Pitt's Tony Dorsett in 1976.

So you're bucking history if you think a Big East player will win the Heisman this season. Yet there are some good candidates to at least get to New York from the league this year. Let's take a look at each.

Dion Lewis, running back, Pitt: Lewis is the nation's leading returning rusher, and he's on the team that is the Big East preseason's favorite. The question is whether he can repeat or exceed last year's 1,799 yards, especially with a rebuilt offensive line.

Noel Devine, running back, West Virginia: Nobody creates better highlights than Devine, and that's something the voters live. He'll have to do better than last year's 1,465 yards and 13 touchdowns, and the Mountaineers will need a big season. But he has the name recognition already.

Zach Collaros, quarterback, Cincinnati: Collaros played at an amazing level during four starts last year, completing 78 percent of his passes. He could put up video-game numbers in Butch Jones' high-tempo offense, but the Bearcats will have to remain a national contender.

Jon Baldwin, wide receiver, Pitt: There may not be a more gifted wideout in the country, and Baldwin should get even more looks this year. But if Larry Fitzgerald couldn't win the Heisman with the final year he had in a Pitt uniform, you've got to wonder if any receiver can these days.

I didn't include Jordan Todman -- he might have a huge year but it's nearly impossible to imagine a UConn player winning the Heisman -- or Tom Savage or B.J. Daniels -- too young, overall offense too inconsistent.