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Three Syracuse players named to All Big East First Team

Published on December 6, 2012 by   •   Discussion
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Three Syracuse players were named to the All Big East First Team, the conference announced on Thursday morning.

Wide receiver Alec Lemon, offensive lineman Justin Pugh and safety Shamarko Thomas were all named to the first team. Lemon was a unanimous selection. Lemon set several school and conference records this season, with 70 receptions for 1063 yards and seven touchdowns.

Quarterback Ryan Nassib and defensive lineman Brandon Sharpe were named to the second team.

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Lemon was named to the All Big East First Team

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene were named conference Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, by the league’s eight head coaches. Bridgewater’s coach,

Temple 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 shared Big East Coach of the Year honors.

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2012 BIG EAST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL AWARDS

BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers

BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Matt Brown, RB, Temple

BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple

BIG EAST COACH OF THE YEAR

Charlie Strong, Louisville

Kyle Flood, Rutgers

ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

WR Alec Lemon * Syracuse

WR DeVante Parker Louisville

OT Eric Lefeld Cincinnati

OT Justin Pugh Syracuse

OG Austen Bujnoch Cincinnati

OG Antwan Lowery Rutgers

C Mario Benavides Louisville

TE Travis Kelce Cincinnati

QB Teddy Bridgewater Louisville

RB Ray Graham Pittsburgh

RB Montel Harris Temple

K Maikon Bonani USF

RS Matt Brown Temple

DEFENSE

DL Dan Giordano Cincinnati

DL Trevardo Williams * Connecticut

DL Aaron Donald Pittsburgh

DL Scott Vallone Rutgers

LB Greg Blair Cincinnati

LB Sio Moore Connecticut

LB Yawin Smallwood Connecticut

LB Khaseem Greene * Rutgers

CB Adrian Bushell Louisville

CB Logan Ryan Rutgers

S Duron Harmon Rutgers

S Shamarko Thomas Syracuse

P Brandon McManus Temple

* unanimous selection

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