Wednesday, December 8, 2010
O'Leary wins C-USA coaching award
By Andrea Adelson
UCF coach George O'Leary won Conference USA Coach of the Year honors, while East Carolina senior WR/KR/PR Dwayne Harris won the league's Most Valuable Player Award on Wednesday.
In other awards:
Tulsa QB G.J. Kinne was selected Offensive Player of the Year.
UCF DE Bruce Miller was selected Defensive Player of the Year.
Tulsa KR/PR Damaris Johnson was selected Special Teams Player of the Year.
UCF QB Jeff Godfrey was named Freshman of the Year.
East Carolina QB Dominique Davis was named Newcomer of the Year.
Harris set the school single-season records with 1,055 receiving yards and 93 receptions, and averaged 171 all-purpose yards a game. He also became just the second Pirate to ever record over 1,000 receiving yards in a year.
Kinne ranks first in C-USA for total offense (322 ypg) and second for pass efficiency (141.8) and passing yards per game (275.6 ypg). Kinne led Tulsa to the No. 1 ranking in C-USA in rushing offense, scoring offense and total offense. In all, he threw for 3,307 yards and 28 TDs, and has rushed for 557 yards and 7 TDs.
Miller becomes the first C-USA player to win consecutive Defensive Player of the Year awards since Adalius Thomas of Southern Miss in 1998-99. Miller owns the UCF career record for sacks with 34. The three-time All-Conference selection has recorded 55 tackles, seven sacks and a team-high 11.5 tackles for loss this season. He also returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
Johnson leads the nation for the second straight year in all-purpose yards with a 191.8-yard per game average. He became the FBS and C-USA record-holder for career kickoff return yards in only his junior year and currently has 3,308 career KOR yards.
Godfrey is is 9-2 as a starter, completing 68.4 percent of his passes, tops among all FBS quarterbacks. Godfrey is 143-of-209 for 2,042 yards and 13 touchdowns with just six interceptions, and also has rushed for 546 yards and 10 scores.
Davis established East Carolina single-season records in touchdown passes (36), attempts (552), completions (358) and passing yards (3,699) this fall. He leads C-USA in passing yards per game (308.2) and stands second in total offensive yards per game (320.1).
O'Leary won his third Conference USA Coach of the Year award. He also was twice named ACC Coach of the Year, giving him five Conference Coach of the Year awards, a figure that trails only South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier (six) and Arizona State’s Dennis Erickson (six) among active FBS coaches. UCF went 10-3 this season, got its first national ranking and won the league championship game.
The awards were selected by the league's 12 head coaches.