Top Defensive Performers in the Big East

For those who haven't been following or have simply refused to read (dad), every week this season I have ranked the top ten individual performances in the Big East. For the sole purpose of humoring myself, I have used these rankings to chronicle (TM) who the top individual performers in the conference have been this season. The scoring system is pretty basic, a tenth place finish earns a player one point, a ninth place finish two points, and so on and so on.

The regular season has now come to a close, and a total of 57 defensive players have been honored.

I used two tiebreakers, the first being total number of appearances on the list, and the second being player of the week awards. The amount of times a player appeared on the list is the number in parentheses.

The race for defensive player of the year couldn't have been much closer. Both George Selvie (nation's leader in tackles for loss) and Scott McKillop (nation's leader in tackles) finished with 57 points and were honored as the defensive player of the week twice, but the deciding factor was McKillop's nine total appearances on the list to Selvie's eight.

Here's how the rest of the final standings look:

  1. Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh: 57 points (9)
  2. George Selvie, DE, South Florida: 57 points (8)
  3. Danny Lansanah, LB, Connecticut: 49 points (9)
  4. Lamar Myles, LB, Louisville: 35 points (8)
  5. Mortty Ivy, LB, West Virginia: 34 points (5)
  6. Haruki Nakamura, S, Cincinnati: 31 points (6)
  7. Ben Moffitt, LB, South Florida: 26 points (4)
  8. Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati: 23 points (3)
  9. Scott Lutrus, LB, Connecticut: 22 points (3)
  10. Joe Clermond, DE, Pittsburgh: 22 points (3)
  11. Anthony Hoke, DE, Cincinnati: 21 points (3)
  12. Johnny Dingle, DE, West Virginia: 19 points (3)
  13. Nate Allen, S, South Florida: 19 points (2)
  14. Kevin Malast, LB, Rutgers: 18 points (4)
  15. Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut: 18 points (2)
  16. Danah Deleston, S, Connecticut: 17 points (4)
  17. Eric Wicks, S, West Virginia: 17 points (3)
  18. Reed Williams, LB, West Virginia: 16 points (2)
  19. Jake Flaherty, LB, Syracuse: 15 points (3)
  20. Trae Williams, CB, South Florida: 14 points (2)
  21. Tyrone McKenzie, LB, South Florida: 13 points (3)
  22. DeAngelo Smith, CB, Cincinnati: 13 points (2)
  23. Ryan Manalac, LB, Cincinnati: 11 points (2)
  24. Ron Girault, S, Rutgers: 11 points (2)
  25. Marc Magro, LB, West Virginia: 11 points (2)
  26. Joe Fields, S, Syracuse: 11 points (2)
  27. Courtney Greene, S, Rutgers: 10 points (3)
  28. Corey Smith, LB, Cincinnati: 9 points (2)
  29. Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers: 9 points (2)
  30. Jameel McClain, DE, Syracuse: 9 points (1)
  31. Jamaal Westerman, DE, Rutgers: 8 points (3)
  32. Joe Lefeged, S, Rutgers: 7 points (1)
  33. Jerome Murphy, DB, South Florida: 7 points (1)
  34. Eric Foster, DT, Rutgers: 7 points (1)
  35. Cody Brown, DE, Connecticut: 6 points (1)
  36. Rashaad Duncan, DT, Pittsburgh: 6 points (1)
  37. Lamonte Nelms, DE, Cincinnati: 6 points (1)
  38. Maurice Mitchell, DE, Louisville: 6 points (1)
  39. Anthony Williams, S, Cincinnati: 5 points (1)
  40. Peanut Whitehead, DE, Louisville: 5 points (1)
  41. Deon Palmer, S, Louisville: 5 points (1)
  42. Arthur Jones, DT, Syracuse: 5 points (1)
  43. Terril Byrd, DT, Cincinnati: 5 points (1)
  44. Brouce Mompremier, LB, South Florida: 4 points (1)
  45. Mike Holmes, CB, Syracuse: 4 points (1)
  46. Carlton Williams, S, South Florida: 3 points (1)
  47. Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida: 3 points (1)
  48. Tyvon Branch, CB, Connecticut: 3 points (1)
  49. Brandon Renkart, LB, Rutgers: 2 points (1)
  50. Ryan Mundy, S, West Virginia: 2 points (1)
  51. Earl Heyman, DT, Louisville: 2 points (1)
  52. Keilen Dykes, DT, West Virginia: 2 points (1)
  53. Mike Phillips, S, Pittsburgh: 2 points (1)
  54. Andre Revels, LB, Cincinnati: 2 points (1)
  55. A.J. Brown, S, Syracuse: 1 point (1)
  56. Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh: 1 point (1)
  57. John Holmes, LB, West Virginia: 1 point (1)
For those interested, here are the links to the list for each week:

Week One
Week Two
Week Three
Week Four
Week Five
Week Six
Week Seven
Week Eight
Week Nine
Week Ten
Week Eleven
Week Twelve
Week Thirteen
Week Fourteen

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