Five Players that Will Get You Talking About Big East Football for Once

Rachel MarcusCorrespondent ISeptember 4, 2010

Five Players that Will Get You Talking About Big East Football for Once

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    Let's face it—out of the six BCS conferences, the Big East is always at the bottom. Besides West Virginia and Pitt, the conference rarely makes national headlines.

    But it should.

    Besides those two teams, UCONN, Cincinnati, and South Florida have all proven to be on the rise. 

    Thanks to a slew of running backs, including Heisman candidate Dion Lewis, UCONN's Jordan Todman, and WVU's Noel Devine, the Big East shouldn't be ignored.

    Here are five players that should catch your attention with their performance this season. Don't sleep on these guys. 

1. Dion Lewis

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    Lewis is arguably the best player in the conference and the one getting the national spotlight. There's no doubt about that.

    His play will be important for Pitt, a team that expects to make a BCS bowl this season. 

    With a new quarterback, Lewis will be a constant in the offense.

2. Noel Devine

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    Another running back, and another great one at that. Devine has all the game experience and knows that this is his last chance to win big. 

    Devine hasn't let West Virginia down and has nearly made them forget about current NFL-er Steve Slaton, whom he replaced.

    Again, WVU's offense is greatly affected by Devine's play. Electric as always, Devine should have another outstanding year.

3. Zach Collaros

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    Zach Collaros. It didn't sound so bad when he replaced injured star quarterback Tony Pike in the South Florida game last year. Or when he faced Syracuse in his first full game. 

    Oh, but this guy was bad—in a good way, of course. 

    He torched teams when Pike was out, and never lost. He may be even better than Pike, who is in the NFL right now.

    Collaros can throw and move. And if he continues this season, then he can keep Cincy in the national spotlight.

4. Greg Romeus

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    This guy is a beast. He is Pitt's best defensive player and is up for many awards this year.

    And he supports all of his accolades on the field. 

    Quarterbacks better watch their backs because Romeus is coming for them, and the minute he gets free, they're done.

5. Jordan Todman

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    Todman is ridiculous. Boy can he run the field. Now that UCONN is getting some national recognition, hopefully Todman will too. He deserves it.

    Look for him out on the field. He's a star running back in a league with many great ones.

    Again, UCONN will put a lot of trust in this guy to lead the offense. He can handle it though.