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Big East awards race update: Week 12

11/16/2010

Player of the year race: Offense

1. Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut: Todman made a huge statement with his 222-yard performance in the win over Pittsburgh. He ranks second in the country in rushing yards per game. It's his title to lose now.

2. Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville: Powell had 140 yards on 31 carries against South Florida despite not being 100 percent. If the Cardinals make a bowl game, he has a good shot of clearing 1,500 yards.

3. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: Smith tossed four touchdown passes against Cincinnati, giving him 19 on the season. When he's on, the Mountaineers are very hard to beat.

4. Armon Binns, WR, Cincinnati: The Bearcats' struggles are masking a really strong season by Binns, who leads the Big East in catches and yards and ranks 13th among FBS receivers.

5. Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse: An average game Saturday against UConn should put Carter over 1,000 yards for the second straight season. He's the key cog in Syracuse's offense.

Player of the year race: Defense

1. Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh: With Greg Romeus now out for the season, it's on Sheard to continue having a monster season.

2. Derrell Smith, LB, Syracuse: Smith had another 10 tackles and has 85 on the season for a defense that is flat out nasty.

3. Chris Neild, DT, West Virginia: Stats don't tell the story of how valuable Neild is as the anchor of the Mountaineers' dominating 3-3-5 defense.

4. Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut: Wilson had 11 stops last week against Pitt and is leading the Big East in tackles for a second straight year.

5. Brandon Lindsey, DE, Pitt: An invaluable replacement for Romeus, Lindsey leads the league in sacks and tackles for loss.

Coach of the year race

1. Doug Marrone, Syracuse: Back on top. Leading this the Orange back to the postseason is a mighty impressive feat. Syracuse won all four of its Big East road games.

2. Skip Holtz, South Florida: Holtz has the Bulls right in the thick of the league race despite not having any league leaders in any major categories. He has done a great job building chemistry on a team that could have easily split apart after the Jim Leavitt saga.

3. Charlie Strong, Louisville: Five wins is still great work, but the Cardinals left one on the table last week.