Only four? Phil Steele goes deep for All-Big East
Give Phil Steele credit for being thorough. If coming up with a preseason all-conference team is a challenge, what say you of coming up with four ... in an eight-team league? As part of his preseason preview, Phil Steele offers up a four-deep All-Big East team, which is kind of like honoring 15 shortstops with a trip to the All-Star Game.
There's only so much flattery involved in being deemed the fourth-best out of eight -- that's what USF quarterback B.J. Daniels gets, along with six other Bulls who earned fourth-team honors ... including punter Justin Brockhaus-Kann, who is second on the Bulls' depth chart entering the fall.
The first team? There's only one USF player there -- kickoff returner Lindsey Lamar, with six Bulls making the second team -- guards Chaz Hine and Jeremiah Warren, running back Darrell Scott, punt returner Terrence Mitchell, cornerback Quenton Washington and linebacker DeDe Lattimore. And just to round out the honors, the third team boasts linebacker Sam Barrington (?) and Curtis Weatherspoon, defensive end Ryne Giddins, safety Jon Lejiste and kicker Maikon Bonani.
I am restraining myself, for now at least, in coming up with a fifth-team all-conference. If USF center Kevin McCaskill, a senior with zero career starts, is the fourth-best center in the league, what does that say about the bottom four centers? Sept. 3 inches closer ...