The Big East's best: No. 3

The big three awaits in our countdown of the Top 25 players in the Big East.

No. 3 Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati

It was a tough call to put Collaros here, but I will explain more when the full list is revealed. Collaros obviously had a terrific 2010 season, leading the league with 2,902 yards passing and 26 touchdowns en route to first-team all-conference honors. But he also threw 14 interceptions -- the most of all starting quarterbacks in the league and his 58.7 percent completion rate was just middle of the pack.

I do expect Collaros to have a better year. His offensive line should be better, which means he should not be running for his life and forcing the ball. He has a talented receiving corps as well. As for the debate about whether he or Geno Smith is the best quarterback in the league, Collaros is using that for motivation.

"It adds that extra motivation you need more after coming off the season we had last year," he said. "It adds fuel to the fire, and reason to work harder, people doubting you."

The countdown

No. 25 Dave Teggart, PK, UConn

No. 24 B.J. Daniels, QB, USF

No. 23 Tino Sunseri, QB, Pitt

No. 22 Victor Anderson, RB, Louisville

No. 21 Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati

No. 20 Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

No. 19 Jarred Holley, S, Pitt

No. 18 Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

No. 17 Julian Miller, DE, West Virginia

No. 16. D.J. Woods, WR, Cincinnati

No. 15 Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn

No. 14 Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville

No. 13 Mark Harrison, WR, Rutgers

No. 12 Moe Petrus, C, UConn

No. 11 JK Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati

No. 10 Sio Moore, LB, UConn

No. 9 Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia

No. 8 Ray Graham, RB, Pitt

No. 7 Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati

No. 6 Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

No. 5 Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia

No. 4 Kendall Reyes, DT, UConn