Revised 2011 top 25 countdown: No. 24

We are counting down the top 25 players in the Big East, one player at a time.

Up today:

No. 24 Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia

2011 stats: Tandy had 64 tackles and ranked second in the league in interceptions (four) and pass breakups (nine) en route to being selected to the Big East first team for the second straight season.

Previous ranking: No. 9.

Making the case: Tandy had a bit of an up-and-down season, but he still was one of the best cornerbacks in the Big East. The way he helped shut down Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins in the Discover Orange Bowl after a 27-yard touchdown reception early in the game was probably the highlight of his season. There were more than a few interceptions he dropped, which probably made West Virginia fans pull their hair, but it also is important to remember that he was the best player in a secondary that had its share of struggles. The cornerback combination of Tandy and Brodrick Jenkins seemed to work best late in the season.

The countdown:

No. 25 Ryne Giddins, DE, USF