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The Big East's best: No. 5, Greg Romeus

2/17/2010

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

No. 5

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.

Previous:

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