Thursday, February 7, 2013
Big East 2012 Top 25 countdown: No. 13
By Andrea Adelson
Time to move on in our countdown of the Top 25 players in the Big East in 2012.
TIE No. 13: Ray Graham, RB, Pitt; Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers
Making the case: Too close to call so we have an unprecedented situation here in the Top 25 countdown (at least in the time I have been doing the rankings). I have Graham and Jamison together at No. 13. Their stats are virtually the same:
Graham had 222 carries for 1,042 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing; 36 catches for 340 yards and two touchdowns receiving.
Jamison had 255 carries for 1,075 yards and four touchdowns rushing; 28 catches for 323 yards and two touchdowns receiving.
Graham averaged 4.7 yards per carry; Jamison averaged 4.2 yards per carry. Jamison ranked No. 4 in the Big East in rushing; Graham ranked No. 5.
Going into the season, I only had three running backs featured in the Top 25 preseason countdown. By the time we finish up, there will be five. So it is safe to say Matt and I thought there were some outstanding running back performances across the league this season. Graham, of course, had the most inspirational one in his return from a torn ACL. He only missed one game all season, and that was the bowl because of a strained hamstring. Coaches rewarded him with a spot on the Big East first team.
You know how much Jamison impacted Rutgers' offense based on what happened at the end of the season. After Jamison sprained his ankle against Army on Nov. 10, the Rutgers rushing attack was not the same. Jamison had six 100-yard games in the first seven games of the season; none in the final six. When he was limited with the injury, Rutgers dropped three straight to end the season.
Previous ranking: Graham was No. 3 on the preseason countdown; Jamison was unranked.
No. 14 Mario Benavides, C, Louisville
No. 15 Adrian Bushell, CB, Louisville
No. 16 Sio Moore, LB, UConn
No. 17 Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
No. 18 Scott Vallone, DT, Rutgers
No. 19 Jerome Smith, RB, Syracuse
No. 20 Devin Street, WR, Pitt
No. 21 DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
No. 22 Matt Brown, RB, Temple
No. 23 Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
No. 24 Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple
No. 25 Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt