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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.
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.
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
So, what to get your Mountaineer fan for Christmas? Well throughout December we will giving you great ideas that would please any West Virginia fan out there. Let's get it on!
4. WVU Duct Tape
Who doesn't need duct tape? It's the most useful item possibly on this planet. So, why not pimp your tape out with duct tape what has the Flying WV on it? Blue tape, with the gold logo...it doesn't get much better than that. Plus, it can be used to wrap presents, and also to tape down your tree if your cat is a monster like mine. Available at Amazon for just $6.97!
As Kevin Jones goes, this team goes. At least at this point. Fortunately for Mountaineer fans, Jones is having an exceptional start to the year. He is averaging a double-double (20 pts and 11 reb) and last night finished with a career high 30, with 12 boards. Jones also hit the 3-pointer to send it to overtime, had the winning bucket in double OT, and buried two free throws to ice it. He seems a lot more comfortable in the leader role this year, and could be really special.
Aaron Brown gives us a preview of what he can do. Yes, the 3-pointer late in OT was all class, but he did much more than that. Brown also showed some versatility on the court, even creating his own shot from the corner. Brown grabbed a few rebounds and actually hit some free throws. Brown was also active on top of the 1-3-1. The freshmen have all stepped up at certain times this year. Now it's time for them all to take that next step.
DenizKilicli did something rare last night, and he did it twice. Seriously, who travels after getting a rebound? And, who does twice in one game? Well, the Turk did. Call it a lack of toughness or a lack of concentration. Whatever it was it can't happen again. And, I have a feeling Huggs will make sure it doesn't happen again. It's too bad it did occur last night. It overshadowed what was a very nice half of basketball for Kilicli.
Frank Martin scares the hell out of me. Huggs may yell and look pissed, but Martin takes it to another level. He is like a nuclear explosion combined with a hurricane...just straight demonic rage. Seems like a good coach though. Kansas State has played well under him. On a side note, why do college football coaches get chastised for yelling at kids, but never college hoops coaches?