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Phil Steele's Preseason All Big East Teams Feature Plenty Of Pitt, West Virginia

Phil Steele released his much-anticipated preseason All-Conference teams and both Pitt and West Virginia have plenty of representation in the Big East. In fact, it's safe to say the two teams dominated the league's first team.

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15 of the 28 first-teamers were Panthers or Mountaineers. West Virginia clearly led the way with 10 such players including Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, Joe Madsen, Josh Jenkins, Don Barclay, Bruce Irvin, Julian Miller, Najee Goode, Keith Tandy, and Terence Garvin. Pitt's representation included Ray Graham, Cam Saddler, Brandon Lindsey, Max Gruder, and Chris Jacobson.

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It didn't stop there, though. Pitt and West Virginia placed several other players on the second, third, and fourth teams.

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Pitt had 11 players on those teams including second-teamers Jarred Holley, Lucas Nix, Chas Alexcih, and Greg Williams. I was a bit surprised to see wide receivers Mike Shanahan and Devin Street on the third and fourth teams, respectively. I expect both to have fairly big seasons in Todd Graham's new offense and they could put up big numbers.

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The Mountaineers, mostly because of their large amount of players on the first team only had three on the remaining teams - Stedman Bailey, Jeff Braun, and Josh Francis.

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Here are the full lists of All-Big East players.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.