Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Orange Slice Sports' Big East Preseason All-Conference Selections

Here are our selections for Preseason Big East All-Conference:

Photo Courtesy of Jason Rostkowski


QB: Geno Smith - West Virginia
RB: Ray Graham - Pitt
RB: Isaiah Pead - Cincinnati
WR: Mark Harrison - Rutgers
WR: Tavon Austin - West Virginia
WR: D.J. Woods - Cincinnati
TE: Nick Provo - Syracuse
TE: Ryan Griffen - UConn
OL: Mike Ryan - UConn
OL: Justin Pugh - Syracuse
C: Moe Petrus - UConn
OL: Lucas Nix - Pitt
OL: Jeremiah Warren - USF


DL: Brandon Lindsey - Pitt
DL: Kendall Reyes - UConn
DL: Bruce Irvin - West Virginia
DL: Chandler Jones - Syracuse
LB: Sio Moore - UConn
LB: Max Gruder - Pitt
LB: J.K. Schaffer - Cincinnati
CB: Keith Tandy - West Virgina
CB: Quenton Washington - USF
S: Hakeem Smith - Louisville
S: Phillip Thomas - Syracuse

Special Teams:
K: Dave Teggart - UConn
K: Ross Krautman - Syracuse
P: Pat O'Donnell - Cincinnati

Syracuse Selections:

Nick Provo - Provo came on strong last season and will be a crucial part of the Syracuse offense this season. He caught 33 passes for 365 yards last year. Expect him to be a big target for Ryan Nassib this season.

Justin Pugh - Pugh was an All-Big East second team selection last season and played a huge role on the line for the Orange. He was probably the biggest surprise for the team last season and enters this year with high expectations. During the off-season he has bulked up to about 300 pounds and looks to help pave the way for Antwon Bailey like he did for Delone Carter last year.

Chandler Jones - Jones was another All-Big East second team selection for the Orange last season. He will be a crucial part of the defensive line this year and will look to put pressure on the opposing quarterback. He had just four sacks last season but look for that number to skyrocket this season.

Phillip Thomas - Thomas recently broke his jaw and is out of practice because of that. But while he hasn't been at practice, he has been getting into the weight room bulking up. A broken jaw can be tough to come back from, but expect Thomas to have a breakout season. He will be a leader on defense and will put fear into the eyes of whatever team he faces.

Ross Krautman - This young kicker was a huge asset last season. He missed just one field goal and his season-long was 48 yards. This season, he has been named to the Lou Groza Award watch list, an award given to the nation's best kicker. A solid kicker will greatly help the Orange this season.

Do you agree with this list? Who would you add or remove?

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