Revised 2011 Top 25 countdown: No. 5

March, 6, 2012
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We are down to the Top 5 players in the Big East in 2011. You can guess who made the Top 5. But the order awaits ...

Up today: Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers

Making the case: Greene was perhaps the biggest reason why the Scarlet Knights got back to playing some stingy defense in 2011, as he made his presence felt all over the field. He was a tackling machine, recording 140 total — the fifth-best season in school history. He had a whopping 24 more tackles than the next closest player (Max Gruder, Pitt) and was one of 21 players in the entire nation to average double-digit tackles on the season. Oh, and 74 of those 140 tackles were solo — an incredible number to say the least.

Greene's position change has been well documented, and obviously led to his selection as Co-Defensive Player of the Year — the first Rutgers player in school history given the honor. Though he broke his leg in the Pinstripe Bowl against Iowa State, Greene is expected to be ready to go for the start of 2012 — with expectations for an even bigger season.

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

No. 17 Aaron Donald, DE, Pitt

No. 16 Trevardo Williams, DE, UConn

No. 15 Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

No. 14 Julian Miller, DE, West Virginia

No. 13 Bruce Irvin, DE West Virginia

No. 12 Najee Goode, LB, West Virginia

No. 11 Kendall Reyes, DT, UConn

No. 10 JK Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati

No. 9 Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati

No. 8 Ray Graham, RB, Pitt

No. 7 Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

No. 6 Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati

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