- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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A postseason ranking of the Big East's Top 30 players ...
StullBill Stull, QB, Pittsburgh, Sr.
Preseason ranking: NR
Why him here: It wasn't clear if Stull would even have a job in 2009, much less end up on this list.
He struggled mightily down the stretch in '08, culminating in a terrible performance in the 3-0 Sun Bowl loss to Oregon State. Coach Dave Wannstedt opened up the quarterback competition in the spring and fall, and fans were openly clamoring for a change under center.
But with the help of new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, Stull became a much better quarterback as a senior. He made quicker and better decisions and put the ball where it needed to be. Stull completed 65.1 percent of his passes for 21 touchdowns with only eight interceptions while leading the Panthers to a 10-win season. He led the Big East in pass efficiency and total passing yards.
That kind of production would normally put a player higher on a list like this. But Stull's future potential is a big question mark. He's a tough guy and an excellent leader, but he probably lacks the arm strength to be a starting NFL quarterback. Then again, Stull has proved doubters wrong before.
No. 22: Nate Allen, S, South Florida
No. 23: Marcus Easley, WR, Connecticut
No. 24: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
No. 25: Jarrett Brown, QB, West Virginia
No. 26: George Selvie, DE, South Florida
No. 27: Kion Wilson, LB, South Florida
No. 28: Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh
No. 29: Lindsey Witten, DE, Connecticut
No. 30: Jeff Linkenbach, OT, Cincinnati