Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Big East all-bowl team
Which players had the best bowl performances from the Big East? Here's our all-bowl team:
QB Tom Savage, Rutgers There weren't a lot of big numbers for Big East quarterbacks in the postseason. The Scarlet Knights' true freshman completed 14 of 27 for 294 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception, in a win over Central Florida in the St. Petersburg Bowl.
RB Mike Ford, South Florida Ford exploded for 207 yards on 20 carries -- almost all of them in the second half -- to help the Bulls beat Northern Illinois in the International Bowl.
Dion Lewis had 159 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries in Pittsburgh's win over North Carolina.
RB Dion Lewis, Pitt The sensational freshman had 159 yards on 28 carries and a score against North Carolina's tough run defense in the Meineke Car Care Bowl
RB Noel Devine, West Virginia The Mountaineers' star ran for 168 yards on 16 carries in just three quarters against Florida State in the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl
WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers Yet another freshman standout, Sanu had four catches for 97 yards and a score and also ran the ball 13 times for 41 yards and two more touchdowns.
WR Mike Shanahan, Pitt Shanahan had five catches for 83 yards, many of them in traffic and in key spots, against North Carolina. And he's a freshman, too.
OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers The future NFL first-rounder had his ups and downs this season. But he held off Central Florida's impressive pass rusher in a strong performance during his final college game.
OT Jason Pinkston, Pitt North Carolina came into the Meineke game with the nation's No. 6 defense, but Pinkston helped the Pitt line move the chains and get the win.
C Moe Petrus, UConn Petrus was part of a group that helped pave the way for 146 rushing yards against South Carolina in the Papajohns.com Bowl.
OG John Malecki, Pitt
OG Zach Hurd, UConn
DE Lindsey Witten, UConn The senior was part of a defensive line that overwhelmed the South Carolina offensive front.
DT Kendall Reyes, UConn He had a one sack and put lots of pressure on Gamecocks quarterback Stephen Garcia.
DT Mick Williams, Pitt The Big East co-defensive player of the year registered a pair of sacks against North Carolina.
DE Alex Daniels, Cincinnati One of the few Bearcats who had a good night in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Daniels had a pair of sacks and three tackles for loss against Florida.
LB Max Gruder, Pitt Playing in his hometown, Gruder recorded 11 tackles and forced a fumble against North Carolina.
LB Scott Lutrus, UConn The junior had nine tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery against South Carolina.
LB Steve Beauharnais, Rutgers Another freshman, Beauharnais had seven tackles and a pair of sacks against Central Florida.
CB Billy Anderson, Rutgers The little-known reserve returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown near the end of the first half in a key play.
CB Jerome Murphy, South Florida He had an interception, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups in the International Bowl.
S Robert Sands, West Virginia Sands was just about everywhere in the Gator Bowl, recording 13 tackles, two of them for loss.
S Robert Vaughn, UConn Vaughn had an interception and two pass breakups in the Papajohns.com Bowl.
K Dan Hutchins, Pitt Hutchins hit four field goals, including the game-winning 33-yarder, against North Carolina.
P Jake Rogers, Cincinnati Rogers punted more than he has in a game all season, but he put half his six punts inside the Florida 20.
KR Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati He sure had plenty of opportunities, but he piled up a Sugar Bowl-record 207 return yards on eight attempts.