- Brian Bennett, College Football
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A postseason ranking of the Big East's Top 30 players ...
Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh, Jr.
Preseason rank: 8
Why him here: We're in the rarefied air of the top five now, and that group kicks off with one of the co-defensive players of the year in 2009.
Unlike teammate and fellow honoree Mick Williams, Romeus has seemingly barely scratched the surface of his potential. A basketball player until late in his high school career, he's still got things to learn about football. What he knows and what he can do already is pretty impressive.
Romeus had eight sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, an interception and three forced fumbles as the best pure pass rusher on the league's top defensive line last season. At 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds with the athleticism that allowed him to excel on the hardwood, he's a load for offensive tackles to handle. As the season winded down and I was trying to figure out who to choose as defensive player of the year, I talked to a couple of offensive coordinators throughout the league. One told me that Romeus was the single toughest guy to scheme against in the Big East.
Well, Big East coaches will have to deal with him again, as Romeus made Pitt fans very happy by deciding to return for his senior year. He has a chance to work his way up to being a first-round pick in 2011. And he'll enter the year as the favorite to win league defensive player of the year honors again, and maybe this time he won't have to share.
No. 6: Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati
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