Ray Graham: Second Best In Big East?

Is Ray Graham the second best player in the Big East? (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Most of this offseason, we've been littered with articles about Ray Graham being the best player in the Big East. That doesn't come as a surprise since Graham was, at one point, leading the nation in rushing, until his injury.

Graham isn't all that likely to walk away with the Heisman trophy since not only would he need to have a similar year, but Pitt have to win a ton of games. But even though he is widely regarded as the best player in the conference, one site thinks someone else in the Big East actually has a better chance at winning the award.

Athlon goes with Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater over Graham for their Big East player most likely to win the Heisman:

2. Ray Graham, RB, Pitt (SR)
This talented tailback was on a tear when four plays into the primetime showdown with UConn, his season ended with a torn ACL. He had posted 939 yards rushing and nine scores in the first seven games of the year prior to the injury. If fully healthy, Graham could easily be the Big East’s top Heisman candidate now that offensive genius Paul Chryst is calling plays in the ‘Burgh.

Qualifying it by saying that 'if healthy,' Graham may be the top candidate makes sense. Even if Louisville puts together a 10-11 win season, there's really not much of a chance Bridgewater will even get a sniff since there's little chance he puts up numbers even in the vicinity of the top quarterbacks in the nation. If he remains healthy, Graham at least has a chance to put up world-class numbers ... we've seen it before.

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