ESPN's College Football Live is gearing up for the season and had a "100 Days Till Kickoff" countdown. As part of it, they looked at the top ten players in the Big East.
As expected, Ray Graham finished pretty high, but another Pitt player finished in the top three.Graham ranked first overall in the conference and it's hard to argue with that. But it was also good to see Aaron Donald get some recognition, as he came in third overall:
3. Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt. Donald emerged last season, finishing second in the league with 11 sacks. He has shifted inside to tackle this year, but he is the most productive and experienced player returning to the Pitt defensive line and should continue his upward trajectory.
Assuming Donald sticks on the inside, it's hard to see him duplicating his 2011 season in terms of sacks. But if the starters at end (probably expected to be Bryan Murphy and Shayne Hale at this point) produce and draw more attention, that will make things a bit easier on Donald.