The Big East's best: No. 12, Robert Sands

February, 12, 2010
2/12/10
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A postseason ranking of the Big East's Top 30 players ...

No. 12

Sands

Sands

Robert Sands, S, West Virginia, Soph.

Preseason rank: NR

Why him here: This is awfully high for a guy who wasn't really on my radar for the Top 30 in the preseason. But Sands had a breakout campaign and was especially dominant down the stretch, such as in his 13-tackle performance against Florida State in the Gator Bowl or his terrific showing in the win over Pitt.

Sands finished the season with 65 tackles, 10 of them for loss and five interceptions, announcing himself as arguably the top returning safety in the Big East. Few can match his physical stature, as he's an unusually tall defensive back at 6-foot-5. Sands uses that frame to make plays on the ball others can't make, and he has become a sound tackler as well. Going forward, he should be one of the top playmakers on a veteran West Virginia defense, and a highly interesting NFL prospect.

Previous:

No. 13: B.J. Daniels, QB, South Florida
No. 14:
Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh
No. 15:
Tim Brown, WR, Rutgers
No. 16:
Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut
No. 17:
Arthur Jones, DT, Syracuse
No. 18:
Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut
No. 19:
Tom Savage, QB, Rutgers
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

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