On the spot in a bowl: Pittsburgh

We wrap up our series on which players need to step up their game in the postseason with the Big East team that has the latest bowl: Pittsburgh, which plays Kentucky in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 8. And the player that needs to come through for the Panthers is ...

Quarterback Tino Sunseri. It's easy to pick the quarterback for all of these posts, since that's such an important position. But Pitt really will need good quarterback play against a Kentucky defense that has given up a lot of points but still ranks No. 18 nationally against the pass.

Like most teams who play the Panthers, the Wildcats will likely focus their efforts on stopping the running game first. Sunseri had an OK season, especially when you consider he's a first-time starter, but he had trouble connecting on deep balls to receivers like Jon Baldwin.

Pitt has a better quarterback situation than Kentucky in this game as the Wildcats have suspended starter Mike Hartline. And this bowl game will be Sunseri's first audition for new coach Mike Haywood, who will be watching closely. Highly-talented freshman Mark Myers waits in the wings.