Williams, Moore, Smallwood named to All-Big East first team defense

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UConn senior defensive end Trevardo Williams (of Bridgeport Central High) was a unanimous selection for the 2012 All-Big East firsdt-team defense, it was announced today by the league. In addition, linebackers Sio Moore and Yawin Smallwqood were also first team All-Big East picks on defense.
Cornerbacks Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Dwayne Gratz, along with return man Nick Williams, tight end Ryan Griffin and offensive guard Adam Masters, were second team All-Big East selections.
Former St. Joseph’s High (Trumbull) standout Tyler Matakevich of Temple was chosen the Big East’s Rookie of the Year.

Here’s the official release from the Big East:

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 CO-COACHES 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

Additional players added to the All-BIG EAST teams due to ties in the voting

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