The Big East's best: No. 6, Tony Pike

February, 17, 2010
2/17/10
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A postseason ranking of the Big East's Top 30 players ...

No. 6

Pike
Pike
Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati, Sr.

Preseason rank: 2

Why him here: Pike was on a Heisman Trophy pace for the first five games of the season, and his final numbers (62.4 percent completion rate, 29 touchdowns, only six interceptions) were still dazzling. For the second straight year, he led Cincinnati to a Big East title and a BCS bowl.

Unfortunately, he also injured his left forearm for the second consecutive season, which forced him to miss the bulk of five games. Still, Pike was as good as ever when he returned, tossing six touchdowns against Illinois and shaking off a rough start to lead the comeback at Pitt.

Pike is an interesting case for the NFL. He's 6-foot-6 with the ability to make all the throws. But he's also thin with an injury history, and he has played in a spread system that might not necessarily translate to a pro-style offense. Pike drew mixed reviews during his time at the Senior Bowl and will get more chances to prove himself at the NFL combine.

But during two years at Cincinnati, just about all he did was win.

Previous:

No. 7: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
No. 8:
Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
No. 9:
Mick Williams, DT, Pittsburgh
No. 10:
Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
No. 11: Dorin Dickerson, TE, Pittsburgh
No. 12:
Robert Sands, S, West Virginia
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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