It's now time to take a look at the Big East players on the Bednarik Watch List. The award is for the best defensive player in the nation.
Bruce Irvin (DE, WVU): The sack specialist blew onto the scene last year. Irvin totaled just 21 tackles, but 14 of them were sacks. He also forced two fumbles in his limited play. His biggest question will be can he play on every down, at a high level. If he can then watch out, it could be an epic season.
2010 Stats: 21 Tackles, 14 Sacks, 2 FF
Made-Up Odds: 50-1
Brandon Lindsey (DE/LB, Pitt): Lindsey was the model of efficiency on the d-line last season. He tallied 51 tackles, 16 for loss, and 10 of them being sacks. The big man moves so well on his feet that many mistake him for a linebacker, which he is actually turning into. If his transition to the more athletic, outside position goes smoothly then watch out for a big season.
2010 Stats: 51 Tackles, 10 Sacks, 16 TFL
Made-Up Odds: 75-1
Kendall Reyes (DT, UConn): The meat in the middle will look to have another influential season in Storrs. The big man finished with 39 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and anchored a solid rush defense. Look for Reyes to continue to improve his stats as he eyes the NFL.
2010 Stats: 39 Tackles, 2.5 Sacks, 2 INT
Made-Up Odds: 95-1
Keith Tandy (CB, WVU): He has improved remarkably over the past few seasons. Tandy has the ability to shut down a side, but still tends to give up a long ball now and again. He finished a stellar 2010 campaign with six picks, truly showing his ball-hawking ways. Expect Tandy to continue to gain in confidence, and also be a leader for the WVU secondary.
2010 Stats: 54 Tackles, 6 INTS, 1 FF
Made-Up Odds: 90-1