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December 9, 2009

Howard, seven players honored by Big East

Seven players were named to the two all-Big East teams, while Jasper Howard was posthumously named the captain of the teams, the Big East announced on Wednesday.

Howard, who was stabbed to death in the early hours of Oct. 18, was a junior cornerback at UConn.

"We regard the Big East conference as the biggest family in collegiate athletics," said commissioner John Marinatto. "As a family, we wanted to respectfully remember Jasper Howard and honor his memory. In naming him the honorary captain of the 2009 all-Big East Team, we have memorialized his name in Big East conference history."

Right guard Zach Hurd, defensive end Lindsey Witten and weakside linebacker Lawrence Wilson were named to the Big East first team.

Running backs Andre Dixon and Jordan Todman each made the Big East second team, as did middle linebacker Greg Lloyd and cornerback Robert McClain.

The team was assembled through voting by the conference's eight head coaches. Pittsburgh running back Dion Lewis, a freshman, was named both the Big East offensive player of the year and the rookie of the year - the first player to do so since Michael Vick, from Virginia Tech, won both in 1999.

Pittsburgh defensive linemen Greg Romeus and Mick Williams shared defensive player of the year honors, Cincinnati wide receiver Mardy Gilyard won special teams player of the year honors for the second consecutive season and Cincinnati's Brian Kelly became the first coach to win three consecutive coach of the year awards and third coach overall to win the award three times.

Pittsburgh had 13 players honored on the two teams, the most of any school. Cincinnati was second with 11 players honored; West Virginia had 10, UConn had seven, USF had six, Syracuse had four, Rutgers had three and Louisville had one.

FIRST TEAM

Offense
Pos. - Player, School
WR - Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati
WR - Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh
OT - Jason Pinkston, Pittsburgh
OT - Anthony Davis, Rutgers
OG - Zach Hurd, Connecticut
OG - John Malecki, Pittsburgh
C - Chris Jurek, Cincinnati
TE - Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh
QB - Tony Pike, Cincinnati
QB - Bill Stull, Pittsburgh
RB - Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh
RB - Noel Devine, West Virginia
K - Tyler Bitancurt, West Virginia
RS - Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati

Defense
Pos. - Player, School
DL - Lindsey Witten, Connecticut
DL - Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh
DL - Mick Williams, Pittsburgh
DL - Jason Pierre-Paul, USF
DL - Arthur Jones, Syracuse
LB - Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut
LB - Adam Gunn, Pittsburgh
LB - Kion Wilson, USF
LB - J.T. Thomas, West Virginia
CB - Aaron Berry, Pittsburgh
CB - Devin McCourty, Rutgers
CB - Brandon Hogan, West Virginia
S - Aaron Webster, Cincinnati
S - Robert Sands, West Virginia
P - Rob Long, Syracuse

SECOND TEAM

Offense
Pos. - Player, School
WR - Armon Binns, Cincinnati
WR - Tim Brown, Rutgers
OT - Jeff Linkenbach, Cincinnati
OT - Selvish Capers, West Virginia
OG - Alex Hoffman, Cincinnati
OG - Jason Kelce, Cincinnati
OG - Ryan Bartholomew, Syracuse
C - Samson Genus, USF
TE - Ben Guidugli, Cincinnati
TE - Nate Byham, Pittsburgh
QB - Jarrett Brown, West Virginia
RB - Andre Dixon, Connecticut
RB - Jordan Todman, Connecticut
K - Dan Hutchins, Pittsburgh
RS - Trent Guy, Louisville

DEFENSE
Pos. - Player, School
DL - Ricardo Mathews, Cincinnati
DL - Gus Mustakus, Pittsburgh
DL - George Selvie, USF
DL - Chris Neild, West Virginia
LB - Greg Lloyd, Connecticut
LB - Derrell Smith, Syracuse
LB - Reed Williams, West Virginia
CB - Robert McClain, Connecticut
CB - Jerome Murphy, USF
S - Dom DeCicco, Pittsburgh
S - Nate Allen, USF
P - Scott Kozlowski, West Virginia


Zac Boyer, the editor and publisher of UConnReport.com, covers UConn sports on the Rivals network. He can be reached by e-mail at zacboyer@rivals.com.
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