Friday, December 9, 2011

Flying Dub-V Postseason Awards

Offensive Player of the Year: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia. It was an epic season for Geno, as he broke nearly every single-season passing record in Morgantown. He was 7th in the nation in passing yardage, and finished first in the conference in passing efficiency, completions, and touchdowns.
Honorable Mention: Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati and Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

Defensive Player of the Year: Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati. It was an outstanding season for Wolfe, who led the Bearcat's defense that played exceptionally well. Wolfe finished with 9.5 sacks, 19.5 TFL, and three forced fumbles. More importantly he anchored an offensive line that was very god against the run.
Honorable Mention: Khasseem Greene, LB, Rutgers and Kendall Reyes, DL, UConn

Coach of the Year: Butch Jones, Cincinnati. There are great arguments for both Louisville's Charlie Strong and Greg Schiano of Rutgers, but Jones led a fantastic turnaround that nearly ended in a BCS bid. He also had to deal with losing his star quarterback and still found a way to win a share of the conference. From 4-8 to 9-3 in just one year...not bad, Butch.
Honorable Mention: Strong and Schiano

First Year Player of the Year: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. It was a completely different team after Bridgewater took over for the Cardinals. Yes, it too a few weeks, but once the kid was comfortable, Louisville took off and nearly get a BCS-bid. He had respectable numbers as a freshman, finishing with 12 touchdown passes and a completion percentage of 66. More importantly, he proved he can lead this team to potentially big things.
Honorable Mention: Lyle McCombs, RB UConn and Michaelee Harris, WR, Louisville

Special Teams Player of the Year: Tavon Austin, RS, WVU. The all-purpose beast for the Mountaineers had a very solid season returning kicks for WVU, including two touchdowns. He was also one of the leaders in punt return yardage, which included a long of 64. The triple-threat player seems to have a bright future in front of him.
Honorable Mention: Dave Teggart, K, UConn and Jeremy Deering, RS, Rutgers

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