Ivan Maisel has an interesting piece up today about how the college football season has thus far been a disappointment. Bruce Feldman chimed in with his 10 biggest disappointments in the game this year. So I thought I'd join the fray with some of my disappointing players, teams or developments in the Big East this year (in no particular order):
Matt Grothe's injury: Shortly after breaking the Big East's career total yardage record, the South Florida quarterback was lost for the season with a knee injury. While Grothe's absence has allowed B.J. Daniels to become a promising young star, it still would have been nice to see Grothe get a chance to lead his team through the Big East in his senior year. Instead, all we got from Grothe in 2009 were some meaningless games against FCS competition and Western Kentucky.
Victor Anderson: Last year's Big East newcomer of the year rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman and seemed poised for even bigger things this season. Instead, he has only 473 yards and five touchdowns. I must stress that it's not Anderson's fault; he's been plagued by an assortment of injuries and hasn't really been fully healthy all year. Hopefully he'll be back in full force in 2010.
Wes Lyons: The 6-foot-8 West Virginia receiver had a great spring and was touted as a breakout player this season. Instead, the senior has once again faded to the background of the Mountaineers' offense, with just 16 catches in nine games. And for that matter ...
The West Virginia offense: Things started out so promisingly, with the Mountaineers piling up over 30 points in each of their first five games. The offense looked unstoppable with Jarrett Brown's big arm and Noel Devine's swift feet. Since that hot start, however, West Virginia has averaged a pedestrian 21.8 points in its last five games.
Mike Williams' decision: For half the season, Williams was one of the year's best stories. Then he quickly became one of the worst. Williams ranked among the top receivers in the nation after missing all of 2008 because of academic problems. But he got embroiled in some off-the-field issues and quit the team before the Pitt game, rendering all his previous good work moot.
Pitt's loss at NC State: The Wolfpack are 4-6 and have beaten only two FBS teams. One was putrid Maryland. The other was Top 10 Pittsburgh. It was a disappointing loss at the time but even more painful in retrospect, because the Panthers would be in BCS title contention if not for blowing a 31-17 lead with 19 minutes left to play.
George Selvie's sack total: I understand that Selvie was double- and triple-teamed most of his junior season. But this year, with Jason Pierre-Paul arriving as a menace at the opposite end slot, you would think Selvie would be freed up a lot more. But Selvie has only three sacks in nine games, making his hot start to his sophomore year look like more and more of a distant memory.
Tony Pike's left arm injury: Sure, Zach Collaros has performed at an incredibly high level since Pike got hurt at South Florida, and the Bearcats are 10-0. But given the way Pike was playing and the dearth of other no-doubt candidates, Pike could have been right in the thick of the Heisman Trophy race had he stayed healthy and productive this season.
What players, teams or developments in the Big East have disappointed you this season?