Here’s Brian Bennett’s top home-run hitters (i.e., big-play threats) in the Big East:
- Noel Devine, West Virginia: The Hank Aaron of the Big East. Devine had seven runs of 50 or more yards last season, including three for touchdowns. He can go the distance on any play.
- Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh: The wide receiver averaged 22.4 yards per catch last season and had three catches of more than 50 yards. There’s no better deep threat at wideout in the country.
- Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh: Lewis can wear you down by breaking tackles, and he can also rip off a long-distance score, like he did on his 58-yard touchdown against Rutgers or his 85-yard scamper to pay dirt versus Buffalo.
- Jordan Todman, Connecticut: The Huskies tailback had two runs of 45 yards or more last year and also scored on a 96-yard kickoff return.
- Armon Binns, Cincinnati: Mardy Gilyard was more of the Bearcats’ deep receiver last year, but Binns can do many of the same things and has a 6-foot-4 frame. Ask Syracuse, whom Binns burned for an 81-yard catch last year.
- Victor Anderson, Louisville: Injuries slowed him down last year, but the speedy 2008 Big East rookie of the year should be a big-play threat in a variety of ways for the Cardinals this year.
- Lindsey Lamar, South Florida: A member of the Bulls’ sprint team, Lamar will try to stretch the field while playing the slot and lining up other places this season.
Others to watch: Tavon Austin, West Virginia; Ray Graham, Pittsburgh; Isaiah Pead and Vidal Hazelton, Cincinnati; Dontavia Bogan, South Florida; Mark Harrison, Rutgers; Averin Collier, Syracuse. Here’s my list of the top home-run hitters (i.e., big-play threats) in the Big East:<