- Andrea Adelson, College Football
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Here are my picks for the Big East all-conference team.
QB B.J. Daniels, USF
RB Lyle McCombs, UConn
RB Ray Graham, Pitt*
RB Montel Harris, Temple*
TE Ryan Griffin, UConn
OT Justin Pugh, Syracuse
OT Martin Wallace, Temple
C Mario Benavides, Louisville
OG Chris Jacobson, Pitt
OG Mark Popek, USF
WR Alec Lemon, Syracuse
WR Andre Davis, USF
* = tie
Notes: About those ties. Graham is a no-brainer all-conference back when healthy. The only problem is I have no idea how healthy Graham is right now or how healthy he is going to be when the season ends. He could start slow and finish fast. Or maybe he won't regain his old form. So I am hedging my bets a little and putting him on there with Montel Harris of Temple. Harris has the potential for a 1,000-yard season.
Defensive end: I really think Williams, Giddins and Stewart have the potential to hit double-digits in sacks this season. That is how highly I think of them. And if the Big East coaches have ties on their all-conference team at the end of the year, so can I!
Tight end: This was a tough one. Griffin is in my preseason Top 25 countdown, but I was a little worried when I saw he would not be starting against UMass. Coach Paul Pasqualoni said not to pay attention to the depth chart because he and John Delahunt are interchangeable. Still got me to thinking that Hubie Graham of Pitt could very well be the first-team tight end at the end of the season.
Receiver: This is a toss-up. I really love Davis' potential. I know a lot are going to clamor for Devin Street to be on the list. He is my next man up. I went with Lemon over Street because I have more confidence in the Syracuse passing game than Pitt.
Here are my picks for the Big East all-conference team.OffenseQB B.J. Daniels, USFRB Lyle McCombs, UConnRB Ray Graham, Pitt*RB Montel Harris, Temple*TE Ryan Griffin, UConnOT Justin Pugh, SyracuseOT Martin Wallace, TempleC Mario Benavides, LouisvilleOG Chris Jacobson, PittOG Mark Popek, USFWR Alec Lemon, SyracuseWR Andre Davis, USFDefenseDE Trevardo Williams, UConnDT Scott Vallone, RutgersDT Aaron Donald, PittDE Ryne Giddins, USF*DE Walter Stewart, Cincinnati*LB Khaseem Greene, RutgersLB DeDe Lattimore, USFLB Sio Moore, UConnCB Logan Ryan, RutgersCB Adrian Bushell, LouisvilleS Hakeem Smith, LouisvilleS Duron Harmon, RutgersSpecial teamsPK Kevin Harper, PittP Pat O'Donnell, CincinnatiRS Ralph David Abernathy IV, Cincinnati* = tieNotes: About those ties.