The Big East's best: No. 5

We have arrived at the top five in our countdown of the Top 25 players in the Big East. Just a few more days to go until we get to No. 1.

No. 5 Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia

Irvin emerged last season as a dominating presence at defensive end, ranking No. 2 in the nation with 14 sacks. But he was a situational player in 2010. Now he will be a full-time starter and have to prove himself all over again, especially on run defense. Irvin is up for the challenge, and has used his doubters as fuel this offseason.

"I know I’ve got a lot to do and I’ve got a lot to prove this year," Irvin says. "Everybody knows about me now so I'm not going to be a surprise. I’m going to have to work two or three times harder than I did last year. I’m taking proper steps and putting in the extra work."

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

No. 7 Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati

No. 6 Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia