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December 6, 2012

All-Big East Team released

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene - who led their respective teams to shares of the BIG EAST championship - have been named the conference's Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, by the league's eight head coaches.



Temple had two individual award winners as running back Matt Brown was chosen BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year and linebacker Tyler Matakevich was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year.



Louisville coach Charlie Strong and Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, who both claimed shares of the conference title, were chosen by their counterparts as BIG EAST Coaches of the Year.



Bridgewater becomes the just the second Louisville player to be named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and the first quarterback to earn the honor since 2007 when Pat White of West Virginia won. Bridgewater finished the regular season as the BIG EAST leader in pass efficiency (161.6) and was second in passing yards after he threw for 3,452 yards and 25 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He registered six games with at least 300 passing yards, tying for the BIG EAST lead, and showed a propensity for heroics, capped by his two-touchdown effort in the second half against Rutgers, when he played with a broken left wrist, yet led the Cardinals to a come-from-behind win and a share of the BIG EAST title.



Greene, who last year became the first Rutgers player to be chosen as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, became the first BIG EAST player since Virginia Tech's Corey Moore in 1998 and 1999 to repeat as the league's top defensive player. Greene led the BIG EAST in tackles for the second straight year, finishing with 125 stops in 12 games. He was fourth in the league in sacks (5.5), eighth in tackles for loss (10.5) and had six forced fumbles, which ranks second nationally. He is the key man on a Scarlet Knight unit that ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense (14.3 ppg).



Brown is the first Temple player to earn BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year honors. Despite missing two games due to injury, Brown finished as the BIG EAST leader in all-purpose yards, averaging 143.4 yards per game. He averaged 25.5 yards on kickoff returns and was the only BIG EAST player to return a kickoff for a touchdown this season. He also averaged 14.2 yards on 17 punt returns and rushed for 372 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season.



Matakevich likewise became the first Temple player to be named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year. The true freshman did not make his first start until Temple's fourth game of the season, yet he finished fourth in the BIG EAST in tackles, registering 101 stops. He had at least 10 tackles in six games, including in each of his first five career starts. Matakevich also had two fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and three tackles for loss during the 2012 season.



Strong and Flood shared BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors after each led his team to a share of the conference championship. It is the second such honor for Strong, who also was named in 2010, and the first career honor for Flood, who is in his first year as the Scarlet Knights' head coach.



The conference also announced the 2012 All-BIG EAST Teams, which include three unanimous choices to the first team. Greene joined Syracuse wide receiver Alec Lemon and Connecticut defensive end Trevardo Williams on each coach's ballot. Greene and his brother, Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham, were both repeat selections to the All-BIG EAST First Team, along with Louisville cornerback Adrian Bushell and Rutgers safety Duron Harmon.







2012 BIG EAST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL AWARDS

BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (So., Miami, Fla.)



BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers (Sr., Elizabeth, N.J.)



BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Matt Brown, RB, Temple (Sr., Baltimore, Md.)



BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple (Fr., Stratford, Conn.)



BIG EAST COACH OF THE YEAR

Charlie Strong, Louisville

Kyle Flood, Rutgers






ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM




OFFENSE




Pos.


Player


School


Cl.


Ht.


Wt.


Hometown/High School




WR


Alec Lemon *


Syracuse


Sr.


6-2


204


Crofton, Md./Arundel




WR


DeVante Parker


Louisville


So.


6-3


205


Louisville, Ky./Ballard




OT


Eric Lefeld


Cincinnati


So.


6-6


287


Coldwater, Ohio/Coldwater




OT


Justin Pugh


Syracuse


Sr.


6-5


297


Holland, Pa./Council Rock South




OG


Austen Bujnoch


Cincinnati


Jr.


6-5


285


Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder




OG


Antwan Lowery


Rutgers


Jr.


6-4


305


Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus




C


Mario Benavides


Louisville


Sr.


6-4


280


Los Fresnos, Texas/Los Fresnos




TE


Travis Kelce


Cincinnati


Sr.


6-6


260


Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights




QB


Teddy Bridgewater


Louisville


So.


6-3


218


Miami, Fla./Northwestern




RB


Ray Graham


Pittsburgh


Sr.


5-9


190


Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth




RB


Montel Harris


Temple


Sr.


5-10


207


Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian




K


Maikon Bonani


USF


Sr.


5-10


176


Lake Wales, Fla./Lake Wales




RS


Matt Brown


Temple


Sr.


5-5


165


Baltimore, Md./Peddie School/Milford Academy



























DEFENSE




Pos.


Player


School


Cl.


Ht.


Wt.


Hometown/High School




DL


Dan Giordano


Cincinnati


Sr.


6-4


260


Frankford, Ill./Lincoln-Way East




DL


Trevardo Williams *


Connecticut


Sr.


6-2


233


Bridgeport, Conn./Canterbury




DL


Aaron Donald


Pittsburgh


Jr.


6-0


275


Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills




DL


Scott Vallone


Rutgers


Sr.


6-3


275


Central Islip, N.Y./St. Anthony's




LB


Greg Blair


Cincinnati


Sr.


6-2


252


Pittsburgh, Pa./Schenley/Lackawanna CC




LB


Sio Moore


Connecticut


Sr.


6-2


229


Apex, N.C./Apex




LB


Yawin Smallwood


Connecticut


So.


6-3


235


Worcester, Mass./Doherty




LB


Khaseem Greene *


Rutgers


Sr.


6-1


230


Elizabeth, N.J./Avon Old Farms




CB


Adrian Bushell


Louisville


Sr.


5-11


184


DeSoto, Texas/Cedar Valley CC




CB


Logan Ryan


Rutgers


Jr.


6-0


190


Berlin, N.J./Eastern




S


Duron Harmon


Rutgers


Sr.


6-1


200


Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney




S


Shamarko Thomas


Syracuse


Sr.


5-10


206


Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes




P


Brandon McManus


Temple


Sr.


6-3


190


Hatfield, Pa./North Penn






* unanimous selection








ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM




OFFENSE




Pos.


Player


School


Cl.


Ht.


Wt.


Hometown/High School




WR


Mike Shanahan


Pittsburgh


Sr.


6-5


225


North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin




WR


Devin Street


Pittsburgh


Jr.


6-4


190


Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty




WR


Brandon Coleman


Rutgers


So.


6-6


220


Accokeek, Md./Bishop McNamara




OT


Alex Kupper


Louisville


Sr.


6-3


298


Louisville, Ky./Trinity




OT


Kaleb Johnson


Rutgers


So.


6-4


300


Jacksonville, Fla./Edward H. White




OT


Martin Wallace


Temple


Sr.


6-6


300


New York, N.Y./Beacon School




OG


Adam Masters


Connecticut


Sr.


6-4


298


Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman




OG


Mark Popek


USF


Sr.


6-7


299


Plant City, Fla./Plant City




C


Ryan Turnley


Pittsburgh


Sr.


6-6


320


Hopewell, Pa./Hopewell




QB


Ryan Nassib


Syracuse


Gr.


6-3


227


West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep




TE


Ryan Griffin


Connecticut


Sr.


6-6


247


Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry




RB


George Winn


Cincinnati


Sr.


5-11


210


Southfield, Mich./Detroit Jesuit




RB


Jawan Jamison


Rutgers


So.


5-8


200


Stark, Fla./The Bolles School




K


Brandon McManus


Temple


Sr.


6-3


190


Hatfield, Pa./North Penn




RS


Nick Williams


Connecticut


Sr.


5-10


184


East Windsor, N.J./The Hun School



























DEFENSE




Pos.


Player


School


Cl.


Ht.


Wt.


Hometown/High School




DL


Walter Stewart


Cincinnati


Sr.


6-5


249


Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley




DL


Cory Grissom


USF


Sr.


6-2


316


La Grange, Ga./Troup County




DL


Brandon Sharpe


Syracuse


Sr.


6-1


255


Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes




DL


John Youboty


Temple


Sr.


6-4


250


Houston, Texas/Klein




LB


Preston Brown


Louisville


Jr.


6-2


255


Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest




LB


Sam Barrington


USF


Sr.


6-1


230


Jacksonville, Fla./Terry Parker




LB


Tyler Matakevich


Temple


Fr.


6-1


220


Stratford, Conn./St. Joseph's/Milford Academy




CB


Dwayne Gratz


Connecticut


Sr.


6-0


198


Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway




CB


Blidi Wreh-Wilson


Connecticut


Sr.


6-2


190


Edinboro, Pa./General McLaine




S


Calvin Pryor


Louisville


So.


6-2


213


Port St. Joe, Fla./Port St. Joe




S


Hakeem Smith


Louisville


Jr.


6-1


187


Jonesboro, Ga./Riverdale




S


Jason Hendricks


Pittsburgh


Jr.


6-0


180


Brooklyn, N.Y./Hudson Catholic




P


Pat O'Donnell


Cincinnati


Jr.


6-5


222


Lake Worth, Fla./Palm Beach Central




P


Justin Brockhaus-Kann


USF


Sr.


6-2


214


Winter Springs, Fla./Winter Springs



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