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BIG EAST Announces 2010 Postseason Football Honors

 PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Connecticut running back Jordan Todman and Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard, who helped their respective teams to shares of the BIG EAST championship, have been named the 2010 BIG EAST Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year in the annual postseason vote of the league’s eight head football coaches.
 
USF wide receiver Lindsey Lamar was chosen as the BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year, while Louisville safety Hakeem Smith was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year.
 
Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall, who led the Huskies to their first Bowl Championship Series appearance, and Louisville head coach Charlie Strong, who brought the Cardinals to the postseason for the first time in four years, shared BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors.
 
The conference also announced the selections to the All-BIG EAST First and Second Teams, highlighted by five unanimous selections to the first team.
 
Todman was unanimously chosen as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the second Connecticut running back in the last three years to earn the conference’s top offensive honor. Todman joins 2008 winner Donald Brown as the only Connecticut players to be named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year.
 
Todman finished the regular season ranked second nationally in rushing, averaging 143.1 yards per game. He ran for 1,574 yards and 14 touchdowns, leading the BIG EAST in both categories, and went for at least 100 yards nine times in 11 games. He had at least one rushing touchdown in eight games and had two games with three rushing touchdowns. He ran for a season-high 222 yards on 37 carries in a 30-28 win against Pittsburgh, went for 190 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-21 win against Vanderbilt and had 175 yards and three TDs in a 38-17 win against Cincinnati.
 
Sheard’s selection as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year marks the third consecutive season, and the fourth time in the last five years, that a Pittsburgh player earned top defensive honors from the conference. He is the Panthers’ fifth BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year selection, joining 2006 winner H.B. Blades, 2008 winner Scott McKillop and 2009 winners Greg Romeus and Mick Williams.
 
With Romeus sidelined by injury for all but two games of the 2010 season, Sheard was the focal point of opposing offensive lines, yet still finished the regular season with nine sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss, ranking second in the BIG EAST in both categories. He had four forced fumbles, 15 quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery and four pass breakups to go with 52 tackles.
 
Lamar becomes USF’s first BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year honoree and joins 2007 Defensive Player of the Year George Selvie as the only USF players to earn a major individual honor from the conference. 
 
Lamar averaged 28.1 yards on 30 kickoff returns in the regular season, leading the BIG EAST with 842 yards and two touchdowns. He sprung a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Syracuse and had a 100-yard return for a score against Louisville, becoming the 10th player in BIG EAST history to register two kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season. Lamar finished the regular season with 1,004 all-purpose yards and had six games with at least 100 all-purpose yards.
 
Smith is the second Louisville player in the last three years to be named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, joining running back Victor Anderson, who was selected in 2008. He is just the fifth defensive player to win the award.
 
Smith, who made 11 starts at strong safety as a freshman, was the leading tackler on a resurgent Louisville defense in 2010. He led the Cardinals with 80 tackles, anchoring a defense that ranked third in the BIG EAST in points allowed (18.7 ppg) and yards allowed (302.4 ypg). Louisville was next-to-last in the BIG EAST in both categories last year. 
 
Edsall and Strong tied in the voting for BIG EAST Coach of the Year, marking the first tie since the award was first presented in 1991. Both coaches are first-time winners of the award.
 
Edsall, whose team started the year with three wins in its first seven games, turned the Huskies around to win the last five games of the regular season and claim a share of the BIG EAST championship. Connecticut earned its second BIG EAST title in four years and was awarded the conference’s BCS bid, sending the Huskies to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl for the first time. Connecticut, which will make its fourth consecutive postseason appearance, will face Big 12 champion Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1 in Glendale, Ariz.
 
Strong took over a team that had finished last in the BIG EAST in each of the past two seasons, and was picked last in the 2010 preseason media poll, and brought the Cardinals back to the postseason for the first time since 2006. Louisville finished the regular season 6-6 overall and 3-4 in the BIG EAST, including road wins at Syracuse and Rutgers.
 
The BIG EAST also has recognized the members of its All-BIG EAST First and Second Teams. Todman and Sheard highlight a group of five unanimous selections to the first team. Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros, Connecticut offensive guard Zach Hurd and Louisville offensive guard Mark Wetterer joined Todman and Sheard as unanimous picks of the league’s head coaches.
 
Hurd joins Pittsburgh wide receiver Jon Baldwin, Pittsburgh offensive tackle Jason Pinkston and West Virginia safety Robert Sands as back-to-back selections to the All-BIG EAST First Team.


 
2010 BIG EAST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL AWARDS
 
 
BIG EAST CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut (Jr., North Dartmouth, Mass.) *
 
 
BIG EAST CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh (Sr., Hollywood Hills, Fla.)
 
 
BIG EAST CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lindsey Lamar, WR, USF (So., Tampa, Fla.)
 
 
BIG EAST CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville (RFr., Jonesboro, Ga.)
 
 
BIG EAST CONFERENCE COACHES OF THE YEAR
Randy Edsall, Connecticut
Charlie Strong, Louisville
 
 
ALL-BIG EAST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
 
OFFENSE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pos.
 
Player
 
School
 
Cl.
 
Ht.
 
Wt.
 
Hometown/High School
WR
Armon Binns
Cincinnati
Sr.
6-3
210
Pasadena, Calif./Pasadena
WR
Jon Baldwin
Pittsburgh
Jr.
6-5
230
Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa
OT
Mike Ryan
Connecticut
Jr.
6-5
332
Tamaqua, Pa./Marian Catholic
OT
Jason Pinkston
Pittsburgh
Sr.
6-4
305
Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin
OG
Zach Hurd *
Connecticut
Sr.
6-7
323
Waterford, Conn./Waterford
OG
Mark Wetterer *
Louisville
Sr.
6-5
306
Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson
C
Sampson Genus
USF
Sr.
6-1
314
Lake City, Fla./Columbia
TE
Cameron Graham
Louisville
Sr.
6-4
242
Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood
QB
Zach Collaros *
Cincinnati
Jr.
6-0
216
Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville
RB
Jordan Todman *
Connecticut
Jr.
5-9
190
North Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth
RB
Bilal Powell
Louisville
Sr.
6-0
204
Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson
K
Dave Teggart
Connecticut
Jr.
6-0
209
Northborough, Mass./Algonqun
RS
Lindsey Lamar
USF
So.
5-9
160
Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DEFENSE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pos.
 
Player
 
School
 
Cl.
 
Ht.
 
Wt.
 
Hometown/High School
DL
Kendall Reyes
Connecticut
Jr.
6-4
287
Nashua, N.H./Nashua North
DL
Jabaal Sheard *
Pittsburgh
Sr.
6-4
260
Hollywood Hills, Fla./Hollywood Hills
DL
Terrell McClain
USF
Sr.
6-3
302
Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola
DL
Chris Neild
West Virginia
Sr.
6-2
301
Stroudsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg
LB
Lawrence Wilson
Connecticut
Sr.
6-1
217
Tuscaloosa, Ala./Paul W. Bryant
LB
Doug Hogue
Syracuse
Sr.
6-2
226
Yonkers, N.Y./Roosevelt
LB
J.T. Thomas
West Virginia
Sr.
6-2
225
Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Ely
CB
Johnny Patrick
Louisville
Sr.
6-0
186
Deland, Fla./Deland
CB
Keith Tandy
West Virginia
Jr.
5-10
198
Hopkinsville, Ky./Christian County
S
Dom DeCicco
Pittsburgh
Sr.
6-4
230
Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson
S
Robert Sands
West Virginia
Jr.
6-5
221
Carol City, Fla./Miami-Carol City
P
Dan Hutchins
Pittsburgh
Sr.
5-11
195
Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock Township
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 * unanimous selection
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ALL-BIG EAST CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
 
OFFENSE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pos.
 
Player
 
School
 
Cl.
 
Ht.
 
Wt.
 
Hometown/High School
WR
D.J. Woods
Cincinnati
Jr.
6-0
172
Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville
WR
Dontavia Bogan
USF
Sr.
6-1
188
Thomasville, Ga./Central County
WR
Tavon Austin
West Virginia
So.
5-9
173
Baltimore, Md./Dunbar
WR
Jock Sanders
West Virginia
Sr.
5-7
179
St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic
OT
Justin Pugh
Syracuse
So.
6-5
287
Holland, Pa./Council Rock South
OT
Don Barclay
West Virginia
Jr.
6-4
304
Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley
OL
Jason Kelce
Cincinnati
Sr.
6-4
283
Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights
OL
Byron Stingily
Louisville
Sr.
6-5
300
Country Club Hills, Ill./Joliet CC
OL
Jacob Sims
USF
Sr.
6-5
290
Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park
C
Moe Petrus
Connecticut
Jr.
6-2
292
St. Laurent, Que./Vanier Prep
TE
Ben Guidugli
Cincinnati
Sr.
6-1
240
Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands
QB
Geno Smith
West Virginia
So.
6-3
210
Miami, Fla./Miramar
RB
Isaiah Pead
Cincinnati
Jr.
5-11
194
Columbus, Ohio/Eastmoor Academy
RB
Delone Carter
Syracuse
Sr.
5-10
215
Copley, Ohio/Copley Senior
K
Ross Krautman
Syracuse
Fr.
5-7
154
Franklin Lakes, N.J./Ramapo
RS
Nick Williams
Connecticut
So.
5-9
182
East Windsor, N.J./The Hun School
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DEFENSE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pos.
 
Player
 
School
 
Cl.
 
Ht.
 
Wt.
 
Hometown/High School
DL
Brandon Lindsey
Pittsburgh
Jr.
6-2
250
Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa
DL
Chandler Jones
Syracuse
Jr.
6-5
251
Endicott, N.Y./Union-Endicott
DL
Scooter Berry
West Virginia
Sr.
6-1
287
North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon
DL
Bruce Irvin
West Virginia
Jr.
6-3
235
Walnut, Calif./Mt. San Antonio CC
LB
JK Schaffer
Cincinnati
Jr.
6-1
228
Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle
LB
Jacquain Williams
USF
Sr.
6-3
216
Tampa, Fla./Riverview
LB
Derrell Smith
Syracuse
Sr.
6-1
232
New Castle, Del./Paul Hodgson
CB
Mistral Raymond
USF
Sr.
6-2
192
Palmetto, Fla./Palmetto
CB
Brandon Hogan
West Virginia
Sr.
5-10
189
Manassas, Va./Osbourn
S
Hakeem Smith
Louisville
RFr.
6-1
174
Jonesboro, Ga./Riverdale
S
Jared Holley
Pittsburgh
So.
5-10
180
Easton, Pa./Easton Area
S
Joe Lefeged
Rutgers
Sr.
6-1
205
Germantown, Md./Northwest
P
Rob Long
Syracuse
Sr.
6-3
190
Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West
 
 
 
 
 
 
BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1991
Gino Torretta, QB, Miami, Jr.
1992
Gino Torretta, QB, Miami, Sr. *
1993
Glenn Foley, QB, Boston College, Sr.
1994
Billy West, RB, Pittsburgh, So.
1995
Marco Battaglia, TE, Rutgers, Sr.
1996
Jim Druckenmiller, QB, Virginia Tech, Sr.
 
Donovan McNabb, QB, Syracuse, So.
1997
Donovan McNabb, QB, Syracuse, Jr.
1998
Donovan McNabb, QB, Syracuse, Sr.
1999
Michael Vick, QB, Virginia Tech, Fr.
2000
Antonio Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh, So.
 
Lee Suggs, RB, Virginia Tech, So.
 
Santana Moss, WR, Miami, Sr.
2001
William Green, RB, Boston College, Jr.
 
Ken Dorsey, QB, Miami, Jr.
2002
Ken Dorsey, QB, Miami, Sr.
 
Willis McGahee, RB, Miami, So.
2003
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Pittsburgh, So.
2004
Rasheed Marshall, QB, West Virginia, Sr.
2005
Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville, So.
2006
Pat White, QB, West Virginia, So.
2007
Pat White, QB, West Virginia, Jr.
2008
Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut, Jr.
2009
Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh, Fr.
2010
Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut, Jr. *
 
 
 
BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1991
Darrin Smith, LB, Miami, Jr.
 
George Rooks, DT, Syracuse, Sr.
1992
Micheal Barrow, LB, Miami, Sr.
1993
Kevin Patrick, DE, Miami, Sr.
1994
Warren Sapp, DL, Miami, Jr.
1995
Cornell Brown, DE, Virginia Tech, Jr.
1996
Canute Curtis, DL, West Virginia, Sr.
1997
Donovin Darius, S, Syracuse, Sr.
1998
Corey Moore, DE, Virginia Tech, Jr.
1999
Corey Moore, DE, Virginia Tech, Sr.*
2000
Dan Morgan, LB, Miami, Sr.*
2001
Edward Reed, SS, Miami, Sr.
 
Dwight Freeney, DE, Syracuse, Sr.
2002
Dan Klecko, DL, Temple, Sr.
2003
Sean Taylor, FS, Miami, Jr.
2004
Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College, Jr.
2005
Elvis Dumervil, DE, Louisville, Sr.
2006
H.B. Blades, LB, Pittsburgh, Sr.
2007
George Selvie, DE, USF, So.
2008
Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh, Sr.
2009
Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh, Jr.
 
Mick Williams, DT, Pittsburgh, Sr.
2010
Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh, Sr.
 
 
 
BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1991
Kevin Williams, RS, Miami, So.
1992
John Biskup, PK, Syracuse, Sr.
1993
Pat O’Neill, P/PK, Syracuse, Sr.
1994
Todd Sauerbrun, P, West Virginia, Sr. *
1995
Marvin Harrison, RS, Syracuse, Sr.
1996
Tremain Mack, RS, Miami, Sr.*
1997
Quinton Spotwood, KR, Syracuse, So. *
1998
Kevin Johnson, KR, Syracuse, Sr. *
1999
Shayne Graham, PK, Virginia Tech, Sr.
2000
Santana Moss, PR, Miami, Sr.*
2001
Phillip Buchanon, PR/KR, Miami, Jr.
2002
Andy Lee, P, Pittsburgh, Jr.
 
Nate Jones, KR, Rutgers, Jr.
2003
Andy Lee, P, Pittsburgh, Sr.
 
DeAngelo Hall, PR, Virginia Tech, Jr.
2004
Adam Jones, West Virginia, RS/DB, Jr.
2005
Willie Foster, Rutgers, RS/WR, Jr.
2006
Ean Randolph, USF, RS, Sr.
2007
Kevin Huber, P, Cincinnati, Jr.
2008
Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati, Jr.
2009
Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati, Sr.
2010
Lindsey Lamar, WR, USF, So.
 
 
 
BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
1991
Tom Tumulty, LB, Pittsburgh
1992
Bruce Presley, RB, Rutgers
1993
Terrell Willis, RB, Rutgers
1994
Kenard Lang, DE, Miami
1995
Donovan McNabb, QB, Syracuse *
1996
Amos Zereoue, RB, West Virginia *
1997
Reggie Wayne, WR, Miami
1998
Joaquin Gonzalez, OT, Miami
1999
Michael Vick, QB, Virginia Tech
2000
Grant Wiley, LB, West Virginia
2001
Kevin Jones, RB, Virginia Tech
2002
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Pittsburgh
2003
Chris Henry, WR, West Virginia
2004
Brian Toal, LB, Boston College
2005
Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia
2006
Matt Grothe, QB, USF
2007
LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh *
2008
Victor Anderson, RB, Louisville
2009
Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh *
2010
Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville
 
 
 
 
 
BIG EAST COACH OF THE YEAR
1991
Dennis Erickson, Miami*
1992
Dennis Erickson, Miami
1993
Don Nehlen, West Virginia*
1994
Dennis Erickson, Miami
1995
Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech*
1996
Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
1997
Walt Harris, Pittsburgh
1998
Terry Shea, Rutgers
1999
Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
2000
Butch Davis, Miami
2001
Larry Coker, Miami
2002
Larry Coker, Miami
2003
Rich Rodriguez, West Virginia*
2004
Walt Harris, Pittsburgh
2005
Rich Rodriguez, West Virginia
2006
Greg Schiano, Rutgers
2007
Brian Kelly, Cincinnati
2008
Brian Kelly, Cincinnati
2009
Brian Kelly, Cincinnati
2010
Randy Edsall, Connecticut
 
Charlie Strong, Louisville
 
 
 
 
* - unanimous selection


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