ESPN's Big East Blog has released the names on the Maxwell and Bednarik Watch Lists from the conference. Let's take a look at the Maxwell.
Zach Collaros (QB, Cincinnati): He has the talent to be one of the more versatile QB's in the conference, if not the country. Took a bit of a step back in 2010 due to losing a ton of talent around him, including his three best receivers (two to injury, one to NFL). He also struggled to pin down the new offense that Butch Jones installed at Cincinnati. Look for a bounce-back year for the big signal-caller.
2010 Stats: 2,902 Yards, 26 TD, 14 INT
Made-up Odds: 100-1
Isaiah Pead (RB, Cincinnati): Coming off a solid year for the Bearcats. Pead rushed for over a 1,000 yards, while averaging a whopping 6.6 yards-per-carry. Touchdown numbers were a little low, so that number will have to improve. Expect Pead to put up even better total yards this season, and maybe a bigger role in the passing game.
2010 Stats: 1,219 Total Yards, 7 TD's, 6.6 YPC
Made-Up Odds: 200-1
Ray Graham (RB, Pitt): Took full advantage of his opportunity last season, rushing for over 900 yards in split duty. Graham averaged over six yards a touch, while totaling 10 touchdowns. He will now be the feature back, and could once again put up huge yards if he has the space. Expect teams to load the box, considering Pitt doesn't have a strong passing game.
2010 Stats: 1,135 Total Yards, 10 TD, 6.2 YPC
Made-Up Odds: 125-1
Geno Smith (QB, WVU): Many are calling for him to have a superior year, especially if he's able to pick up Dana Holrogsen's passer-friendly system. He had a breakout year in 2010, showing solid accuracy and great poise under pressure. There are durability questions, but so far has managed to be on the field when it matters. Geno will also have handle a lot of high expectations for the Mountaineers this year.
2010 Stats: 2,763 Yards, 24 TD, 7 INT
Made-up Odds: 75-1
Here is the full list courtesy of the National Football Post. We will take a look at the Bednarik Watch List tomorrow.