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Revised 2011 Top 25 countdown: No. 17

We are counting down the top 25 players in the Big East, one player at a time.

Up today: Aaron Donald, DE, Pitt

Making the case: This begins a run on defensive linemen here on the Big East postseason rankings list. I am going to give a little bit away, too, and say Donald is the only Pitt lineman ranked on this list. I believe defensive line was the best and deepest position in the entire league, so arriving at this list was not easy. Pitt had a strong lineup of players with Donald, Chas Alecxih and Brandon Lindsey at the hybrid spot. But it is hard to overlook Donald's productivity and emergence at the position this season. He finished second in the league with 11 sacks and second in tackles for loss with 16. I thought he was consistently disruptive, and that is why he has earned this spot.

Preseason ranking: NR.

The countdown:

No. 25 Ryne Giddins, DE, USF

No. 24 Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia

No. 23 Duron Harmon, S, Rutgers

No. 22 Antwon Bailey, RB, Syracuse

No. 21 Lyle McCombs, RB, UConn

No. 20 Dexter Heyman, LB, Louisville

No. 19 Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville

No. 18 Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers