- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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A postseason ranking of the Big East's top 30 players ...
Tom Savage, QB, Rutgers, Fr.
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.
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