The Big East's best: No. 19

Jumping back in to our countdown of the Top 25 players in the Big East from 2010, based on last year's performance ...

No. 19

Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia, Soph.

Preseason rank: Not ranked

2010 numbers: Caught 58 passes for 787 yards and eight touchdowns. Also carried 15 times for 160 yards and a score and returned 12 kicks for 230 yards.

Making the case for Austin: In his second season, the lightning-fast Austin became one of the most dynamic playmakers in the Big East. Even though he was still learning the receiver position, he was extremely dangerous because of his ability to run after the catch, and his versatility meant that the Mountaineers could move him all over the field.

Add up his numbers, and Austin averaged nearly 14 yards every time he touched the ball in 2010. He only had two catches against Pittsburgh, but they went for 83 yards and two touchdowns. He lit up Maryland for seven catches, 106 yards and two scores. The scary thing is, Austin might do even more damage in 2011 in Dana Holgorsen's offense.


No. 25: Zach Hurd, OG, Connecticut

No. 24: Dave Teggart, K, Connecticut

No. 23: Derrell Smith, LB, Syracuse

No. 22: J.T. Thomas, LB, West Virginia

No. 21: Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville

No. 20: Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh