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Athlon Names Four Cards First Team All-Big East

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Athlon has been high on Louisville all preseason, placing the Cardinals in their top 25 and picking them to win the Big East and play in the Orange Bowl. Because of that, it's a bit surprising to not see U of L dominate the publication's All-Big East teams.

Louisville has four players on Athlon's All-Big East first team, trailing both South Florida (5) and Connecticut (6). It's total of 10 players on the first, second and third teams is tied with two other teams for third most, again trailing the Huskies (12) and Bulls (14).

Here's a look at Athlon's full All-Big East first team:

First-Team Offense

QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

RB Ray Graham, Pittsburgh

RB Lyle McCombs, Connecticut

WR Sterling Griffin, South Florida

WR Alec Lemon, Syracuse

TE Ryan Griffin, Connecticut

C Mario Benavides, Louisville

OL Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers

OL Adam Masters, Connecticut

OL Mark Popek, South Florida

OL Justin Pugh, Syracuse


First-Team Defense

DL Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

DL Ryne Giddins, South Florida

DL Scott Vallone, Rutgers

DL Trevardo Williams, Connecticut

LB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

LB DeDe Lattimore, South Florida

LB Sio Moore, Connecticut

CB Adrian Bushell, Louisville

CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers

S Jarred Holley, Pittsburgh

S Hakeem Smith, Louisville


First-Team Specialists

K Maikon Bonani, South Florida

P Pat O'Donnell, Cincinnati

KR Ralph David Abernathy IV, Cincinnati

PR Nick Williams, Connecticut

The other Cardinals to earn a nod were DeVante Parker (2nd), John Miller (2nd), Marcus Smith (2nd), Preston Brown (2nd), Dominique Brown (3rd) and Roy Philon (3rd).