Top 25 countdown: Who just missed the cut?

February, 25, 2013
What, you thought the fun ended at 25?

In compiling our rankings of the Big East's top 25 players from 2012, we were faced with some difficult choices. Here's a look at several players who just missed the cut.

Steve Beauharnais, LB, Rutgers: Beauharnais started all 13 games for the Scarlet Knights, accumulating 83 total tackles, six tackles for loss, one sack, one pick, one pass break-up, six quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery.

Austen Bujnoch, OG, Cincinnati: A first-team All-Big East selection by both the conference and, Bujnoch helped pave the way for the Big East's best rushing offense and scoring offense. He played in the Belk Bowl with a foot injury after missing most of the bowl practices and Cincinnati still managed 222 yards on the ground in a win over Duke.

B.J. Daniels, QB, South Florida: Before breaking his ankle and going down for the season in a Nov. 3 win over UConn, Daniels had completed 56.9 percent of his passes for 2,075 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 picks. He added 434 yards on the ground and four more scores. His 10,501 career yards of total offense were good for second in Big East history.

Dan Giordano, DE, Cincinnati: A first-team All-Big East pick by both the conference and by, Giordano finished seventh in the Big East in sacks, with five, adding 56 total tackles, six tackles for loss, one pass break-up, one pass defended, 12 quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Duron Harmon, S, Rutgers: A first-team All-Big East selection by the conference, Harmon notched 50 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one pick, seven pass break-ups, one quarterback hurry and a 73-yard fumble return for a touchdown to close out a win over Army.

Brandon McManus, K/P, Temple: A first-team All-Big East selection as a punter by both the conference and, McManus led the league in punting, averaging 45.1 yards per punt. He was also named a first-team all-conference kicker by, and named a second-teamer by the conference. His 6.7 points per game were good for sixth in the Big East (and fifth among kickers), and his 1.27 field goals per contest ranked fifth among Big East kickers as well. (He made 32 of 33 extra points.)

Senorise Perry, RB, Louisville: Before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a loss at Syracuse, Perry rushed for 705 yards and 11 touchdowns on 136 carries, adding 18 catches for 181 yards. He had three 100-yard rushing games on the season, and he also returned seven kickoffs for 137 yards.

Marcus Sales, WR, Syracuse: Sales finished second on the Orange in both receptions (64) and receiving yards (882), and he led the team with eight touchdown receptions. His 4.9 receptions per game ranked third in the Big East, and his 67.8 receiving yards per contest were good for fourth.

Mike Shanahan, WR, Pitt: Shanahan was a second-team All-Big East selection by the conference, and only Syracuse's Alec Lemon (89.2) averaged more receiving yards per game than him (75.6). His 4.8 receptions per game were good for fourth as well. Shanahan finished 2012 with 62 catches for 983 yards and six touchdowns.

Brandon Sharpe, DE, Syracuse: A second-team All-Big East selection by the conference, Sharpe finished third in the Big East in sacks (seven) and tied for third in tackles for loss (15). He finished the season with 39 total tackles, two pass break-ups, one quarterback hurry, one forced fumble and one safety. Four of his sacks and six of his tackles for loss came in a monster effort Oct. 5 in a win over Pitt.

Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut: Wreh-Wilson won the team's MVP award, and he was a second-team All-Big East selection by the conference. On a UConn squad that led the conference in total defense, Wreh-Wilson notched 47 total tackles, one pick, nine pass break-ups and 10 passes defended.

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