Monday, December 3, 2012

My Own All-Big East Team


Quarterback: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville- 2nd in completions, 1st in passing efficiency, and 1st in completion percentage, but most importantly he has been the top player on the conference's best team.  For the season he has completed 69% of his passes for 3,452 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.

Running Back: George Winn, Cincinnati-  Leading rusher in the conference with 1,204 yards and tied for league lead with 12 rushing touchdowns.  Has an excellent 5.3 avg.

Running Back:  Montel Harris, Temple- Has 1,054 yards on the season, along with 12 touchdowns, and a 5.7 avg.  Against Army he ran for 351 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Wide Receiver:  Alec Lemon, Syracuse- At the midway point, it was teammate Marcus Sales who was the favorite for this slot, but while Sales also had an excellent season it was Lemon who came on like gangbusters as the season went on. His 70 catches and 1,063 yards are both tops in the league, and his 7 touchdowns and 15.2 avg. are also near the top.

Wide Receiver:  Michael Shanahan, Pittsburgh-  Toss up with Sales and Pitt teammate Devin Street, but Shanahan is No.4 in catches and  No. 2 in yards. On the season, he has 58 catches for 926 yards, a 16.0 avg., and 5 touchdowns.

Tight End:  Travis Kelce, Cincinnati-  No.1 for tight ends in the three big categories with 40 catches, 599 yards, and 7 touchdowns.

Offensive Tackle:  Justin Pugh, Syracuse

Offensive Tackle: Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers

Offensive Guard:  Austen Bujnoch, Cincinnati

Offensive Guard: Zack Chibane, Syracuse

Center: Mario Benavides, Louisville


Defensive Line:  Brandon Sharpe, Syracuse-  Tied for fourth with 13.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks (4 against Pitt), and 35 tackles.

Defensive Line:  Trevardo Williams, UConn- A league high 11.5 sacks, along with 13.5 tackles for loss, and 42 tackles.

Defensive Line:  Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh- What a great second half of the season the junior had, and he ended the season as the No.1 tackler for linemen, 1st in tackles for loss (6th nationally), and 3rd in sacks.  For the season he had 63 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss, 2 pass breakups, a forced fumble, and 11 hurries.

Defensive Line:  Dan Giordano, Cincinnati-  51 tackles, 5 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, and 12 hurries.

Linebacker:  Yawin Smallwood, UConn-  3rd in tackles with 120, 3rd in tackles for loss with 15, plus 4 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.

Linebacker:  Khaseem Greene, Rutgers-  His 125 tackles lead the league, and also has 10.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 5 pass breakups, 8 hurries, and an incredible 6 forced fumbles.

Linebacker:  Sio Moore, UConn-  72 tackles, along with 15.5 tackles for loss (2nd), 8 sacks (2nd), and 11 passes defensed (4th).

Cornerback:  Logan Ryan, Rutgers-  1st with 18 passes defensed, 2nd in interceptions with 4, and his 87 tackles are second best for defensive backs.

Cornerback:  Dwayne Gratz, UConn-  second in the conference with 14 pass breakups, and also had 3 interceptions, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 53 tackles.

Safety:  Calvin Pryor, Louisville- His 94 tackles are the best in the league and his 4 forced fumbles are 2nd.  He also had 5 pass breakups.

Safety:  Jason Hendricks, Pittsburgh- A league leading 5 interceptions along with 8 passes defensed and 73 tackles.


Kicker-  Brandon McManus, Temple-  The all time leader in Temple history, he was 14-17 this season.

Punter-  Brandon McManus, Temple- His 45.1 avg. is tops in the league and 10th nationally.

Return Specialist-  Matt Brown, Temple- first in the conference, and 4th nationally, in punt returns with a 14.2 avg., and 3rd in the conference in kick returns with 25.5 avg.


Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville


Khaseem Greene, Rutgers


Matt Brown, Temple


Tyler Matakevich, Temple


Butch Jones, Cincinnati 


  1. Chris will they give both the kicker and punter to the same guy? I could not tell you who deserves it or not at that position. Could not say that is my specialty.


  2. OMG, Tino isnt O-POY?


  3. IMO Bridgewater was way too inconsistent and folded down the stretch. Ryan Nassib played well all year, and especially down the stretch including a comeback win at Missouri, and a drubbing of LVille (and Bridgewater.)

  4. Nobody throws in the vicinity of Jarred Holley. There's a reason why.

    You missed one here.

    1. Because he will intercept it! He will def. be playing at the next level.

  5. Nobody throws in the vicinity of Jarred Holley.

    He will play in the NFL.

  6. Chris, when are we going to have another comprehensive update on where recruiting stands at the moment?

  7. From a good source: Saban and assistant are coming to CV high school today to visit Foster and then off to Philly to visit his mom. Since mom is now running things, I would be a bit worried if I was Pitt. Who knows what will happen when they visit the mom? Any "envelopes" exchanged?

  8. Beilema to Arkansas....Haha, PC back to Wisconsin. That would be almost fitting, wouldn't it.

  9. So who does stevo turn to when chryst goes to Wisconsin?

  10. Saban did not come today - just the assistant (I believe the LB coach). He was flying out to Philly to see the mom. Saban is being saved for the final "push". Right now, Alabama is worried about convincing the mother that Alabama is the right place. Pitt has been wining and dining her and that's why she wants her son to go there - along with liking Coach Engram. Sadly, Foster seems to want to go Bama but is scared of what his mom will say.