UConn D looking strong

Syracuse has a Heisman candidate in Walter Reyes while Connecticut boasts a load of talented seniors on defense.

Originally Published: July 28, 2004
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
Editor's note:'s Mel Kiper Jr. continues his look at the best players in each conference by examining the top five players on the rosters of each Big East team (schools listed in alphabetical order).

Boston College Eagles
1. Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, jr. -- Took his game to another level last year with a Big East-best 11 sacks and has a chance to be one of the most dominant ends in college football.
2. Jeremy Trueblood, T, jr. -- At 6-foot-8, 320 pounds he is a tremendous force moving defenders off the line of scrimmage and is also very good in pass protection. One of the top offensive tackles in the nation, Trueblood has a chance to eventually become a high draft choice.
3. Will Blackmon, CB, jr. -- Led the Eagles with four interceptions last season and had 50 solo stops among his 64 total tackles. Blackmon also used his size (5-11, 200) to help break up ten passes.
4. Grant Adams, WR, sr. -- Caught 46 passes last season for a 15.6-yard average and five touchdowns, making him the first option on the outside.
5. Paul Peterson, QB, sr. -- Figures to be the starer over Quinton Porter, who started the first eight games of last season. Peterson did a good job in starting the final three games of 2003, bringing mobility to the field.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.