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The Big East's best: No. 19, Tom Savage

2/8/2010

A postseason ranking of the Big East's top 30 players ...

No. 19

Tom Savage, QB, Rutgers, Fr.

Savage

Preseason rank: NR

Why him here: We may have taken for advantage just how good Savage's 2009 season was.

Here was a guy who arrived on campus in the summer as a true freshman and basically claimed the starting quarterback job by the second half of the opening game against Cincinnati. Rutgers won eight games with Savage starting last season.

Were his numbers (52.3 percent passing, 2,211 yards, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions) overwhelming? No. But again, this was a true freshman at quarterback, and he had only one experienced receiver and no explosive running game to help him out.

A former big-time recruit, Savage showed uncanny poise and an ability to manage a game while limiting mistakes in his first year of college football. This ranking system accounts for future potential, and I'd argue that Savage has as much of that as any player in the Big East right now.

Previous:

No. 20: Andre Dixon, RB, Connecticut

No. 21: Bill Stull, QB, Pittsburgh

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