Early odds on defensive player of the year

April, 1, 2011
In my mailbag on Wednesday, someone asked me to establish early odds for the Big East 2011 offensive player of the year. I put it this way:

Geno Smith: 3 to 1
Zach Collaros: 4 to 1
Ray Graham: 6 to 1
Isaiah Pead: 8 to 1
B.J. Daniels: 10 to 1
The field: 15 to 1

Well, that got me to thinking about the defensive player of the year award, which is usually a tougher race to call. It should be even tougher to predict given the amount of defensive talent that left after the 2010 season. Here's how I would set the odds at this very early date.

Brandon Lindsey, Pittsburgh: 9-to-2

Three Pitt players have won or shared this award the past two seasons, so why not go with another Panther? Lindsey should be able to make a lot of plays in the new hybrid linebacker position, and he led the league in tackles for loss a season ago.

Bruce Irvin, West Virginia: 5-to-1

Irvin led the league with 14 sacks last season and will play more downs this season. He's as solid a choice as any, though opposing offenses will gear up for him.

Chandler Jones, Syracuse: 8-to-1

I've got a feeling he's about to bust out a big season at defensive end for the Orange

Sio Moore, Connecticut: 10-to-1

Won two Big East player of the week awards last season and showed his potential against West Virginia. Could make a lot of plays at linebacker for the Huskies.

The field: 12-to-1

Others to watch: Kendall Reyes and Jesse Joseph, UConn; Julian Miller and Keith Tandy, West Virginia; Hakeem Smith, Louisville; Sam Barrington, South Florida.



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