Pierre-Paul makes ESPN All-Big East first team
The Big East will put out its official all-conference honors Wednesday, but ESPN.com has joined Phil Steele in putting out its own honors today, with blogger Brian Bennett putting defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, linebacker Kion Wilson and safety Nate Allen on his first-team defense.
Again, that means two-time All-American George Selvie isn't on the team, but based on his production in Big East play, it's hard to argue he should be. You can argue that the attention placed on Selvie enabled Pierre-Paul to put up superior numbers, but Bennett's seen as much Big East football as anyone this season, and he didn't feel a need to have Selvie on his first team.
It's hard to make a case for any offensive player from USF gaining first-team consideration -- the Bulls lack a standout running back, and receiver Carlton Mitchell's numbers were hurt by his late-season ankle injury. Zach Hermann, arguably USF's best-known offensive lineman, missed the last three conference games with a neck injury.