The time has come to re-rank the top 25 players in the Big East, based on their performances in 2011. I took a crack at the list before the season began, projecting the cream of the crop based on potential for the season. There were some hits, and some misses. But one thing is for certain — I gave it the ol' college try.
So let the new rankings begin today.
No. 25: Ryne Giddins, DE, USF.
2011 stats: Giddins had 5.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries, forced three fumbles and had 44 tackles, earning second-team Big East honors in his first year as a starter.
Previous ranking: NR
Making his case: There is no question Giddins came on strong as the season went on, much the same way the USF defensive line did. In his first three games, Giddins had six tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and no sacks. He ended the season with career highs in both categories, as the Bulls ended up second in the Big East with 39 sacks. His quickness off the edge is his greatest attribute, and one that allows him to get after the quarterback. Teammate DeDe Lattimore came on at the end of the season as well, but Giddins gets the nod in this spot because he helped elevate the play of the best defensive unit on the field.