Revised 2011 Top 25 countdown: No. 3

March, 8, 2012
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Down to the top 3 players in the Big East for 2011. The suspense is killing you!

Up today: Tavon Austin, WR/KR, West Virginia

Making the case: Austin's most impressive stat is this -- going into the Orange Bowl against Clemson, he had racked up 807 yards after the catch on the season. To me, that says all you need to know about his abilities not only as a receiver but an all-around playmaker for the Mountaineers. And we are just talking about his contributions on offense, where he finished right behind Mohamed Sanu on the Big East stat sheet with 101 receptions on the season, and third in the league with 1,186 yards receiving. So what got him ranked ahead of Sanu?

For me, it was his overall versatility. Austin did it all this season, and led the nation in all-purpose yards -- averaging 198 a game. That is an incredible amount for a single player, considering all of the Mountaineers' talented skill guys. He led the league in punt return average; led the league with two kickoff returns for touchdowns, and was a threat to score a touchdown every time he touched the ball. His performance in the Orange Bowl was absolutely outstanding. I am on record as saying I thought he should have been MVP of that game. Talk offensive system all you want; Austin transcended that system and proved he was one of the best in the league this year.

Preseason ranking: No. 6

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

No. 5 Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers

No. 4 Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

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