Thursday, May 12, 2011
Poll: Big East's defensive player of the year
By Brian Bennett
We're continuing to seek out your opinion on some of the pressing questions in the Big East for 2011.
Vote here in our poll and we'll tally up the results and react to them at a later time. Up next: Who will be the 2011 Big East Defensive Player of the Year?
I gave odds on some top candidates earlier this spring, and here's a list of my top five nominees:
- Brandon Lindsey, LB, Pittsburgh: Led the league in tackles for loss and finished second in sacks in 2010. Will get a chance to make all kinds of plays from new hybrid "panther" linebacker position.
- Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia: Finished second nationally in sacks last year with 14 and will have an every-down role this year as he looks to terrorize quarterbacks.
- Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse: Had a solid sophomore campaign and could be poised to take a huge leap forward in 2011.
- Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut: Collected over 100 tackles in his first full season of starting last year and should continue UConn's strong linebacker tradition.
- Sam Barrington, LB, South Florida: A skilled, heady player who'll be asked to lead a deep and talented -- if somewhat anonymous -- Bulls defense.
So those are the nominees. Now it's time to let your voice be heard.