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2011 Big East Preview - All-Conference Teams
West Virginia QB Geno Smith
West Virginia QB Geno Smith
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Posted Aug 2, 2011


CollegeFootballNews.com 2011 Big East Preview All-Big East Team & Top 30 Players


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All-Big East Teams & Top 30 Players



- 2011 Cincinnati Preview | 2011 Connecticut Preview
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- 2011 Rutgers Preview | 2011 USF Preview
- 2011 Syracuse Preview | 2011 West Virginia Preview 

- 2011 Big East Preview | 2011 Big East Unit Rankings
- 2011 CFN Big East Schedules & Picks | 2011 Big East Thoughts
- 2011 CFN All-Big East Team & Top 30 Players
- 2011 Big East Team By Team Looks & Predicted Finish 
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2011 CFN Big East Offensive Player of the Year

QB Geno Smith, Jr. West Virginia

Smith had about as good a debut as a young passer could have, finishing 241-of-372 for 2,763 yards, 24 touchdowns, and seven picks to land on the All-Big East second team. For good measure, he also flashed nice mobility, rushing for another 217 yards. He has all of the tools that coaches look for in a quarterback, including an accurate arm and poise in the pocket. And best of all, he’s only going to get better in a system designed to accentuate his myriad skills.

2011 CFN Big East Defensive Player of the Year

DE Bruce Irvin, Sr. West Virginia

At this time last season, Irvin was a complete unknown, even on the West Virginia campus. Today, he’s an All-American candidate, with a future in the NFL. Even as a situational pass rusher, his talent broke through in his first season removed from Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) Community College. Instant electricity off the snap, he harassed opposing quarterbacks from start to finish, collecting 14 sacks and nearly leading the entire country.

First Team Preseason
All-Big East Offense

QB - Geno Smith, Jr. West Virginia
RB - Ray Graham, Jr. Pitt
RB - Isaiah Pead, Sr. Cincinnati
WR - Mohamed Sanu, Jr. Rutgers
WR - D.J. Woods , Sr. Cincinnati
TE - Josh Chichester, Sr. Louisville
OL - Don Barclay, Sr. West Virginia
OL - Mario Benavides, Jr. Louisville
OL - Moe Petrus, Sr. Connecticut
OL - Justin Pugh, Soph. Syracuse
OL - Mike Ryan, Sr. Connecticut
PK - Dave Teggart, Sr. UConn
KR – Nick Williams, UConn

First Team Preseason
All-Big East Defense

DL - Chas Alecxih, Sr. Pitt
DL - Bruce Irvin, Sr. West Virginia
DL - Chandler Jones, Jr. Syracuse
DL - Brandon Lindsey, Sr. Pitt
LB - Daniel Brown, Jr. Louisville
LB - DeDe Lattimore, Soph. USF
LB - J.K. Schaffer, Sr. Cincinnati
DB - Jarred Holley, Jr. Pitt
DB - Hakeem Smith, Soph. Louisville
DB - Keith Tandy, Sr. West Virginia
DB - Quenton Washington, Sr. USF
P – Patrick O’Donnell, Jr. Cincinnati
PR - Cameron Saddler, Jr. Pitt

Second Team Preseason
All-Big East Offense

QB - Zach Collaros, Sr. Cincinnati
RB - Victor Anderson, Sr. Louisville
RB - Demetris Murray, Jr. USF
WR - Tavon Austin, Jr. West Virginia
WR - Josh Bellamy, Sr. Louisville
TE - Nick Provo, Sr. Syracuse
OL - Alex Hoffman, Sr. Cincinnati
OL - Chris Jacobson, Sr. Pitt
OL - Josh Jenkins, Sr. West Virginia
OL - Lucas Nix, Sr. Pitt
OL - Jeremiah Warren, Sr. USF
PK – Ross Krautman, Soph. Syracuse
KR - Lindsey Lamar, Jr. USF

Second Team Preseason
All-Big East Defense

DL - Jesse Joseph, Jr. Conn.
DL - Julian Miller, Sr. West Virginia
DL - Kendall Reyes, Sr. Conn.
DL - Scott Vallone, Jr. Rutgers
LB - Sam Barrington, Jr. USF
LB - Steve Beauharnais, Jr. Rutgers
LB - Max Gruder, Sr. Pitt
DB - Shenard Holton, Jr. Louisville
DB - Jon Lejiste, Jr. USF
DB - Phillip Thomas, Jr. Syracuse
DB - Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Jr. UConn.
P – Cole Wagner, Soph. UConn.
PR –Terrence Mitchell, Soph. USF
Top 30 Preseason Big East Players

1. DE Bruce Irvin, Sr. West Virginia
2. QB Geno Smith, Jr. West Virginia
3. RB Isaiah Pead, Sr. Cincinnati
4. QB Zach Collaros, Sr. Cincinnati
5. WR Mohamed Sanu, Jr. Rutgers
6. LB J.K. Schaffer, Sr. Cincinnati
7. WR D.J. Woods , Sr. Cincinnati
8. CB Keith Tandy, Sr. West Virginia
9. DE Brandon Lindsey, Sr. Pitt
10. FS Jarred Holley, Jr. Pitt
11. SS Hakeem Smith, Soph. Louisville
12. DE Chandler Jones, Jr. Syracuse
13. LB DeDe Lattimore, Soph. USF
14. DT Chas Alecxih, Sr. Pitt
15. RB Ray Graham, Jr. Pitt
16. DT Julian Miller, Sr. West Virginia
17. CB Quenton Washington, Sr. USF
18. QB B.J. Daniels, Jr. USF
19. DT Kendall Reyes, Sr. Conn.
20. LT Justin Pugh, Soph. Syracuse
21. OT Mike Ryan, Sr. Connecticut
22. C Mario Benavides, Jr. Louisville
23. DT Scott Vallone, Jr. Rutgers
24. FS Phillip Thomas, Jr. Syracuse
25. LB Daniel Brown, Jr. Louisville
26. DE Jesse Joseph, Jr. Conn.
27. LB Steve Beauharnais, Jr. Rutgers
28. FS Shenard Holton, Jr. Louisville
29. LB Sam Barrington, Jr. USF
30. LB Max Gruder, Sr. Pitt

- 2011 Cincinnati Preview | 2011 Connecticut Preview
- 2011 Louisville Preview | 2011 Pitt Preview 
- 2011 Rutgers Preview | 2011 USF Preview
- 2011 Syracuse Preview | 2011 West Virginia Preview 

- 2011 Big East Preview | 2011 Big East Unit Rankings
- 2011 CFN Big East Schedules & Picks | 2011 Big East Thoughts
- 2011 CFN All-Big East Team & Top 30 Players
- 2011 Big East Team By Team Looks & Predicted Finish 
- 2011 Big East Big Questions2010 Big East Preview