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Big East Blogger Ballot

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Jon from Bleed Scarlet had the great idea to get a representation from several major Big East blogs and have them rank the teams and players in the league just like the media do in preparation for the upcoming season. Here is the ballot I submitted. Some have the slight twinge of homerism, but others I believe are dead on or have a good reason behind it. For instance, I have Rob Long as Special Teams Player of the Year. Syracuse plays eight games in the Carrier Dome this season with no wind. If he is not the best punter in the league we have a problem. For Rookie of the Year I just picked Paulus because. Either way I feel I have a solid list. Thanks to Jon again for having the idea and organizing it. When the ballots are calculated I of course will post the results here, along with the other blogs that submitted ballots. Feel free to commence debating with me in the comments section, or on my newly created Twitter page here. The first player listed would get two points, while the second would get one in the tabulations.

Rankings
1. USF
2. Pittsburgh
3. West Virginia
4. Cincinnati
5. Rutgers
6. Connecticut
7. Syracuse
8. Louisville

Offense
QB: Matt Grothe – USF, Tony Pike – Cincinnati
RB: Noel Devine – WVU, Mike Ford – USF
RB: Victor Anderson – L’ville, John Goebel – Cincinnati
WR: Mike Williams – Syracuse, Donte Davis – Syracuse
WR: Mardy Gilyard – Cincinnati, Jonathan Baldwin – Pitt
TE: Nate Byham – Pitt, Mike Owen – Syracuse
OT: Anthony Davis – Rutgers, Mike Hicks – UConn
OT: Jeff Adams – L’ville, Jeff Linkenbach – Cincinnati
OG: Josh Jenkins – WVU, Zach Hurd – UConn
OG: Zach Hermann – USF, Alex LaMagdelaine - UConn
C: Jim McKenzie – Syracuse, Ryan Blaszczyk – Rutgers
K: Shane Raupers – Syracuse, Maikon Bonani – USF
KR/PR: Max Suter – Syracuse, Mardy Gilyard – Cincinnati

Defense
DL: George Selvie – USF, Terrell McClain – USF
DL: Arthur Jones – Syracuse, Jabaal Sheard – Pitt
DL: Greg Romeus – Pitt, Mick Williams – Pitt
DL: Scooter Berry – WVU, Lndsey Witten – UConn
LB: Reed Williams – WVU, Jon Dempsey – L’ville
LB: Ryan D’Imperio – Rutgers, JT Thomas – WVU
LB: Scott Lutrus – UConn, Lawrence Wilson – UConn
CB: Aaron Berry – Pitt, Jerome Murphy – USF
CB: Devin McCourty – Rutgers, Brandon Hogan – WVU
S: Robert Vaughn – UConn, Sidney Glover – WVU
S: Nate Allen – USF, Joe Lefeged – Rutgers
P: Rob Long – Syracuse, Teddy Dellaganna – Rutgers

Awards
Preseason Big East Offensive Player of the Year: Matt Grothe – USF
Preseason Big East Defensive Player of the Year: George Selvie – USF
Preseason Big East Special Teams Player of the Year: Rob Long – Syracuse
Preseason Big East Rookie of the Year: Greg Paulus – Syracuse
Preseason Big East Coach of the Year: Jim Leavitt – USF

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