Big East awards race update

Player of the year race: Offense

1. Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville: Powell had only 64 yards versus Pittsburgh but still has done more outstanding work than anyone else so far. If he misses this week's game against Syracuse, however, his candidacy would suffer.

2. Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut: Todman needed 33 carries to gain 113 yards against West Virginia, but he regained the rushing yards per game lead in the league. He needs 46 more yards for 1,000 on the season.

3. Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati: Anyone doubting his worth shouldn't any more after the Bearcats scored just seven points without an injured Collaros versus Syracuse.

4. Tino Sunseri, QB, Pittsburgh: It's true. Sunseri leads all Big East quarterbacks in passing yards (237 per game), touchdowns (seven) and completion percentage (68 percent) in league contests.

Player of the year race: Defense

1. Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh: Sheard has taken his game to a new level this year and leads the Big East in sacks and tackles for loss despite commanding a lot of extra attention each game.

2. Derrell Smith, LB, Syracuse: Smith didn't have to do too much work for his big interception against Cincinnati since it was thrown right to him. But he continues to lead a balanced defense that is shutting down every opponent not named Pittsburgh.

3. Dom DeCicco, LB/S, Pittsburgh: As discussed earlier in the stock report, DeCicco has been a stabilizing force for the Panthers defense and now has 50 tackles and three interceptions.

4. Doug Hogue, LB, Syracuse: Smith's running partner at linebacker has been just as valuable as any Orange defender. (And it's no coincidence that Pitt and Syracuse players dominate this category this week, as they are the teams playing the best).

Player of the year race: Special teams

1. Joe Lefeged, Rutgers: Lefeged is one of the best kick returners in the league and has also blocked two punts.

2. Rob Long, P, Syracuse: Long has been instrumental in helping the Orange use field position to its advantage in its Big East wins.

3. Dan Hutchins, P/K, Pittsburgh: Hutchins leads the league in punting average and boomed a 71-yarder last week against Louisville. But you'd like to see him be a little more consistent on field goals, where he's just 14-of-19 and only 1-of-4 outside 40 yards.

Coach of the year race

1. Doug Marrone, Syracuse: Balloting is closed on this one until further notice. Start etching Marrone's name in the hardware.