22 May 2012
College Football guru Phil Steele has published his 2012 All-Big East teams and the Panthers are represented with four players on the first team. On offense, it's Ray Graham and Chris Jacobson, while on defense, it's Aaron Donald and Jarred Holley. All four players are solid picks and are expected to be stars in order for Pitt to succeed.
Other Panthers on the list include Mike Shanahan and Ryan Turnley (second team), Hubie Graham, Matt Rotheram, Todd Thomas, K'Wuan Williams, Ronald Jones and Kevin Harper (third team), and Tino Sunseri and KK Mosley-Smith on the fourth team.
I don't get particularly bent out of shape about preseason lists anyways, but I think Steele's is pretty accurate. Both Graham and Donald should be in the running for player of the year on their respective sides of the ball if healthy. Moseley-Smith could turn out to be significantly better than fourth team, but that's mostly potential versus proven production.
Of course, it should be noted that Pitt's two best players on offense - Ray Graham and Chris Jacobson - are both coming off season-ending knee surgeries. But if a 100% Jacobson can pull for a 100% Graham, then Pitt's last season in the Big East has a chance to be a memorable one.
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