Five Rutgers Players Earn First-Team Big East Honors; Flood Shares Coaches Award
Added by Gregg Snyder on December 6, 2012.
Antwan Lowery was named a First-Team Big East offensive lineman.
The Big East Conference has announced their post season awards. The All-Conference teams feature eight members of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, five of which were named to the First-Team.
Senior linebacker Khaseem Greene, who also won the Big East Defensive Player of the Year Award, was an easy selection for the conference to make. Greene led the Big East with 125 tackles and six forced fumbles. He also finished the regular season with 5 1/2 sacks and two interceptions. Greene was constantly a force for the opposition to deal with and a true leader for the Rutgers defense.
Nose tackle Scott Vallone, cornerback Logan Ryan, and safety Duron Harmon join Greene on the First-Team defense. Vallone has been an Iron Man of sorts for Rutgers having started 50 consecutive games. This season, Vallone led Rutgers with 12 tackles for loss.
Ryan is a cornerback that has begun to get recognition for his contributions on the field. The junior’s name has entered many discussions regarding NFL talented cornerbacks. This season, Ryan led the Big East with 18 pass breakups.
Harmon was named to the First-Team for the second consective season after being a force in the secondary from his safety position. He also had some big moments on special teams this season.
The lone offensive player from Rutgers to be named First-Team All-Big East was left tackle Antwan Lowery. Lowery was a staple on the much improved offensive line this season and should be one of the leaders next year as well. Lower was a junior this year.
For the first time since Greg Schiano won the award in 2006, a Rutgers coach was named Big East Coach of the Year. This year, Kyle Flood shares the honor with Louisville’s head man Charlie Strong. Flood led Rutgers to a 9-3 record in his first season and a share of the Big East title, the first in school history.
Running back Jawan Jamison, wide receiver Brandon Coleman, and left tackle Kaleb Johnson were named to the second team All-Big East offense.