The Big East's best: No. 7


We are creeping toward the conclusion of our countdown of the top 25 players in the Big East. Just a few players left to go before the big reveal on Aug. 29 -- although somehow I think you probably already know who is No. 1.

No. 7 Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati

Pead is the only 1,000-yard rusher who returns to the Big East from a season ago, with the departures of Jordan Todman, Bilal Powell, Delone Carter and Dion Lewis. Pead ran for 1,029 yards and six touchdowns, but averaged 6.6 yards a carry -- tops in the Big East among those players with more than 100 carries.

The Bearcats do have to replace three starters on the offensive line, but there are players ready to step in with experience. Having an offense with a good quarterback in Zach Collaros also helps, because there is no one area for teams to key on to stop. Pead got his share of opportunities and took advantage of them. Consider this -- Pead had the fewest carries of all the starting running backs in the league last season.

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

No. 11 JK Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati

No. 10 Sio Moore, LB, UConn

No. 9 Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia

No. 8 Ray Graham, RB, Pitt