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The Big East's best: No. 11

Time to move on in our preseason countdown of the top 25 players in the Big East. As a reminder, we are projecting the best 25 players this coming season based on past performance, the way they impact their teams, and with input from other coaches and players around the league. Freshmen, transfers and other newcomers are not included in the list.

No. 11 JK Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati

If you want the definition of a tackling machine, just look up Schaffer. He has racked up 100 or more tackles in each of the past two seasons. In 2010, he finished second in the league with 111, averaging 9.2 a game, and was one of the bright spots on an otherwise dismal Cincinnati defense. He also had 9.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles as a second-team all-conference selection.

Now he returns for his third season as a starter and as the defensive leader. No doubt Cincinnati will be counting on him to help the defense have a much better performance this season. Plus, he is one of the most experienced Big East linebackers, a position that lost a lot of solid players to graduation. He should make the all-conference team this year.

The countdown:

No. 25 Dave Teggart, PK, UConn

No. 24 B.J. Daniels, QB, USF

No. 23 Tino Sunseri, QB, Pitt

No. 22 Victor Anderson, RB, Louisville

No. 21 Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati

No. 20 Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

No. 19 Jarred Holley, S, Pitt

No. 18 Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

No. 17 Julian Miller, DE, West Virginia

No. 16. D.J. Woods, WR, Cincinnati

No. 15 Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn

No. 14 Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville

No. 13 Mark Harrison, WR, Rutgers

No. 12 Moe Petrus, C, UConn