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.
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