Seven Cardinals Earn First Team All-BIG EAST Honors
 
 

Dec. 6, 2006

The University of Louisville, fresh off winning the 2006 BIG EAST football championship, led all schools with seven players earning First Team All-BIG EAST honors as the league announced its postseason award winners and all-conference teams on Wednesday morning. Senior defensive tackle Amobi Okoye was one of only two unanimous First Team selections, while five more Cardinals earned Second Team All-BIG EAST honors.

Joining Okoye as a First Team All-BIG EAST honoree from the Cardinal defense was senior cornerback William Gay, while the Cardinal offense had five First Team selections including senior tackle Renardo Foster, senior senior guard Kurt Quarterman, junior wide receiver Harry Douglas, junior kicker Art Carmody and sophomore tackle George Bussey.

The Cards' five Second Team selections included junior quarterback Brian Brohm, sophomore wide receiver Mario Urrutia and sophomore center Eric Wood on offense, and senior safety Brandon Sharp and junior linebacker Malik Jackson on defense.
 

 

West Virginia sophomore quarterback Patrick White was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, Pittsburgh senior linebacker H.B. Blades received conference Defensive Player of the Year honors and Rutgers' head coach Greg Schiano was tabbed BIG EAST Coach of the Year. In addition, a pair of USF players were also among the major award winners. Senior Ean Randolph garnered Special Teams Player of the Year accolades, while freshman quarterback Matt Grothe was named Rookie of the Year.

West Virginia senior safety Eric Wicks joined Okoye as the only unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selections. All selections were made by the league's head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

The All-BIG EAST First Team selections included five repeat choices from the 2005 All-BIG EAST First Team: kicker Art Carmody of Louisville, linebacker H.B. Blades and cornerback Darrelle Revis of Pittsburgh, tight end Clark Harris of Rutgers and center Dan Mozes of West Virginia. Blades, Mozes and Harris are first team performers for the third consecutive season, bringing the number of three-time first team selections in league history to 12.

With the 2006 BIG EAST title, the No. 5 ranked Cards earned the league's automatic BCS bowl bid and will meet ACC champion and No. 15 ranked Wake Forest in the FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. ET at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Fla.

2006 BIG EAST FOOTBALL AWARDS

BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
  Patrick White, West Virginia, QB, Sophomore, 6-2, 190, Daphne, Ala./Daphne

BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
  H.B. Blades, Pittsburgh, LB, Senior, 6-0, 240, Plantation, Fla./Plantation

BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
  Ean Randolph, USF, Return Specialist, Freshman, 5-9, 175, Plant City, Fla./Durant

BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
  Matt Grothe, USF, QB, Freshman, 6-0, 200, Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson

BIG EAST COACH OF THE YEAR
  Greg Schiano, Rutgers, 6th Season, 29-41 (.414)
  2006 Record: 10-2 overall, 5-2 BIG EAST
  Alma Mater: Bucknell University (1988); Hometown: Wyckoff, N.J.

2006 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Pos.PlayerSchoolCl.Ht.Wt.Hometown/High School/Junior College
WRHarry DouglasLouisvilleJr.5-11170Jonesboro, Ga./Jones
WRDerek KinderPittsburghJr.6-1205Albion, N.Y./Albion
OTGeorge BusseyLouisvilleSo.6-4298Louisville, Ky./Western
OTRenardo FosterLouisvilleSr.6-7325Ripley, Tenn./Ripley
OTJeremy ZuttahRutgersJr.6-4290Edison, N.J./J.P. Stevens
OGKurt QuartermanLouisvilleSr.6-5328Albany, Ga./Westover
OGJeremy SheffeyWest VirginiaSr.6-3290Catlettsburg, Ky./Boyd County
CDan MozesWest VirginiaSr.6-4290Washington, Pa./Washington
TEClark HarrisRutgersSr.6-6260Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional
QBPatrick WhiteWest VirginiaSo.6-2190Daphne, Ala./Daphne
RBRay RiceRutgersSo.5-9195New Rochelle, N.Y./New Rochelle
RBSteve SlatonWest VirginiaSo.5-10190Levittown, Pa./Conwell-Egan
KArt CarmodyLouisvilleJr.5-9180Shreveport, La./Loyola College
KR/PREan RandolphUSFFr.5-9175Plant City, Fla./Durant

DEFENSE

Pos.PlayerSchoolCl.Ht.Wt.Hometown/High School/Junior College
DLTerrill ByrdCincinnatiSo.6-1285Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain
DL**Amobe OkoyeLouisvilleSr.6-2305Huntsville, Ala./Lee
DLEric FosterRutgersJr.6-2260Homestead, Fla./Homestead
DLKeilein DykesWest VirginiaJr.6-4290Youngstown, Ohio/Chaney
LBKevin McCulloughCincinnatiSr.6-2240Hudson, Ohio/Hudson/Grand Rapids
LBH.B. BladesPittsburghSr.6-0240Plantation, Fla./Plantation
LBStephen NicholasUSFSr.6-3225Jacksonville, Fla./Lee
CBWilliam GayLouisvilleSr.5-11184Tallahassee, Fla./Rickards
CBDarrelle RevisPittsburghJr.6-0200Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa
CBTrae WilliamsUSFJr.5-10185Plant City, Fla./Durant
SDominic RossCincinnatiSr.6-0200Marion, Ohio/Harding
S**Eric WicksWest VirginiaSr.6-1210Pittsburgh, Pa./Perry
PJoe RadiganRutgersSr.6-5220Hoboken, N.J./Hoboken

** - unanimous selection

2006 ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Pos.PlayerSchoolCl.Ht.Wt.Hometown/High School/Junior College
WRMario UrrutiaLouisvilleSo.6-6228Louisville, Ky./Fern Creek
WRDarius ReynaudWest VirginiaJr.5-10200Luling, La./Hahnville
OTPedro SosaRutgersJr.6-5295Union City, N.J./Union Hill
OTRyan StanchekWest VirginiaSo.6-4280Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle
OGTrevor CanfieldCincinnatiSo.6-5300Cincinnati, Ohio/Western Hills
OGCameron StephensonRutgersSr.6-5305Inglewood, Calif./Hawthorne/LA Harbor
CEric WoodLouisvilleSo.6-4297Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder
TEBrent CelekCincinnatiSr.6-4260Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle
QBBrian BrohmLouisvilleJr.6-4226Louisville, Ky./Trinity
RBDonald Brown IIConnecticutFr.5-10207Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Red Bank Catholic
RBBrian LeonardRutgersSr.6-2235Gouverneur, N.Y./Gouverneur
KJeremy ItoRutgersJr.5-11185Redlands, Calif./Redlands
KR/PRVaughn RiversWest VirginiaJr.5-9170Pittsburgh, Pa./Perry

DEFENSE

Pos.PlayerSchoolCl.Ht.Wt.Hometown/High School/Junior College
DLRhema FullerConnecticutSr.6-2266Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa
DLJoe ClermondPittsburghJr.6-3260Tampa, Fla./Chamberlain
DLRamel MeekinsRutgersSr.6-0275Westwood, N.J./Westwood
DLJamaal WestermanRutgersSo.6-3252Brampton, Ontario/Notre Dame
DLJameel McClainSyracuseJr.6-1252Philadelphia, Pa./George Washington
LBMalik JacksonLouisvilleJr.6-2231Dunwoody, Ga./Dunwoody
LBDevraun ThompsonRutgersSr.5-11220Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway
LBKelvin SmithSyracuseSr.6-2233New Hempstead, N.Y./North Rockland
CBMike MickensCincinnatiSo.6-0165Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne
CBTanard JacksonSyracuseSr.6-1193Silver Spring, Md./Bullis School
SBrandon SharpLouisvilleSr.5-11195Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles
SRon GiraultRutgersJr.5-11195Spring Valley, N.Y./St. Joseph's (Montvale)
SCourtney GreeneRutgersSo.6-1205New Rochelle, N.Y./New Rochelle
PAdam GraesslePittsburghSr.6-4225Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman

Note: Ties in the voting created additional positions for offensive tackle and cornerback on the first team and defensive tackle and safety on the second team.


 
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