2012 Big East Football Postseason Honors

The Big East Conference announced their 2012 postseason football honors and there were eight members of the UConn Huskies football team honored. Three were named to the All-Big East First Team while five were named to the All-Big East second team.

Here's the full release from UConn:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – University of Connecticut senior defensive end Trevardo Williams (Bridgeport, Conn.) was honored as a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team, released by the conference on Thursday morning.  Joining Williams on the First Team defense are redshirt senior linebacker Sio Moore (Apex, N.C.) and redshirt sophomore linebacker Yawin Smallwood (Worcester, Mass.).

Big East FootballOverall, eight Huskies were honored with selections to the All-BIG EAST squads.  On offense, redshirt senior guard Adam Masters (Bethesda, Md.) and redshirt senior tight end Ryan Griffin (Londonderry, N.H.) were named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team along with senior wide receiver Nick Williams (Windsor, N.J.), representing the Huskies as a return specialist.

Redshirt seniors Dwayne Gratz (Piscataway, N.J.) and Blidi Wreh-Wilson (Edinboro, Pa.) were selected as the cornerbacks on the All-BIG EAST Second Team defense.

Trevardo Williams, a Second Team selection a year ago, totaled a team-high 11.5 sacks and led the league with 0.96 sacks per game.  He finished his four year career at UConn as the all-time leaders in sacks with 30.5.  Williams was also third on the team with 13.5 tackles for loss and ranked tied for fourth in the BIG EAST with 1.12 per game.

Moore, playing at outside linebacker, and Smallwood, at inside linebacker, formed a tough linebacking unit for the UConn defense this season.  Moore finished second on the team with eight sacks and second in the league with 0.67 per game.  He was also first on the team with 15.5 TFLs and second in the league with a 1.29 average, while Smallwood was second on the team at 15.0 and third in the league at 1.25.  Smallwood also led the Huskies with 120 total tackles, averaging 10.0 per game, good enough for third best in the league.

Masters earned the nod to the Second Team, despite playing just seven games this season; all starts at right guard.  He started 30 games over the course of his career, playing in 37 overall.

For Griffin, it is his second straight season being named the Second Team tight end.  He caught 29 passes in his final season for 484 yards, averaging 16.7 yards per reception.  Griffin caught his team-leading sixth touchdown pass of the season on a career-long 74 yard reception against Cincinnati last Saturday.  His 116 career receptions ranks 10th all-time at Connecticut and are the second most among tight ends, while his 1,500 yards are 12th overall and second for a tight end.  For his career, Griffin caught 10 touchdown passes, which ties him for second most among tight ends and his six this season also ties him for second most in a single season.

Nick Williams was perhaps the most versatile weapon for the UConn offense this season, but made his biggest impact on special teams.  On 21 punt returns, he averaged 12.0 yards per return and scored two touchdowns, including a career-long 80-yard return in a win over Pittsburgh (Nov. 9).  He also ran back a 58-yard return for a score in a win at Maryland (Sep. 15).  On kick returns, Williams ran back 24 kick-offs for an average of 20.4 per return, ranking fourth in the league.  In his career, he also ran back a pair of kick returns for touchdowns, making him the only player in program history with two punt and kick returns for a touchdown.  Williams’ 2,045 career kick return yards are the most in UConn history and his 25.9 average ranks second.

Williams also caught 30 passes for 334 yards and ran the ball 10 times for 40 yards, including a three-yard score in a win at No. 18 Louisville (Nov. 24).  He ranked 10th in the BIG EAST for all-purpose yards at 93.0 per game.

In the secondary, Gratz, a repeat Second Team selection, and Wreh-Wilson were mainstays over their four year careers.  Gratz started 41 games, while Wreh-Wilson started 39.  Gratz led the Connecticut defense with three interceptions this season, including a 37-yard pick returned for a touchdown in the season opening win over Massachusetts (Aug. 30).  For his career, he totaled eight interceptions for 152 return yards, including a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown against Oklahoma in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl.

Wreh-Wilson picked off one pass in his final season and it came in the third overtime of the win at Louisville to set up UConn’s game-winning field goal.  He too collected eight career interceptions, totaling 171 return yards and ran back a pair for scores in 2010.

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2012 BIG EAST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL AWARDS

BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (So., Miami, Fla.)

BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers (Sr., Elizabeth, N.J.)

BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Matt Brown, RB, Temple (Sr., Baltimore, Md.)

BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple (Fr., Stratford, Conn.)

BIG EAST COACH OF THE YEAR

Charlie Strong, Louisville

Kyle Flood, Rutgers

ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Pos.

Player

School

Cl.

Hometown/High School

WR

Alec Lemon *

Syracuse

Sr.

Crofton, Md./Arundel

WR

DeVante Parker

Louisville

So.

Louisville, Ky./Ballard

OT

Eric Lefeld

Cincinnati

So.

Coldwater, Ohio/Coldwater

OT

Justin Pugh

Syracuse

Sr.

Holland, Pa./Council Rock South

OG

Austen Bujnoch

Cincinnati

Jr.

Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder

OG

Antwan Lowery

Rutgers

Jr.

Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus

C

Mario Benavides

Louisville

Sr.

Los Fresnos, Texas/Los Fresnos

TE

Travis Kelce

Cincinnati

Sr.

Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights

QB

Teddy Bridgewater

Louisville

So.

Miami, Fla./Northwestern

RB

Ray Graham

Pittsburgh

Sr.

Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth

RB

Montel Harris

Temple

Sr.

Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian

K

Maikon Bonani

USF

Sr.

Lake Wales, Fla./Lake Wales

RS

Matt Brown

Temple

Sr.

Baltimore, Md./Peddie School/Milford Academy

-

DEFENSE

Pos.

Player

School

Cl.

Hometown/High School

DL

Dan Giordano

Cincinnati

Sr.

Frankford, Ill./Lincoln-Way East

DL

Trevardo Williams *

Connecticut

Sr.

Bridgeport, Conn./Canterbury

DL

Aaron Donald

Pittsburgh

Jr.

Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills

DL

Scott Vallone

Rutgers

Sr.

Central Islip, N.Y./St. Anthony's

LB

Greg Blair

Cincinnati

Sr.

Pittsburgh, Pa./Schenley/Lackawanna CC

LB

Sio Moore

Connecticut

Sr.

Apex, N.C./Apex

LB

Yawin Smallwood

Connecticut

So.

Worcester, Mass./Doherty

LB

Khaseem Greene *

Rutgers

Sr.

Elizabeth, N.J./Avon Old Farms

CB

Adrian Bushell

Louisville

Sr.

DeSoto, Texas/Cedar Valley CC

CB

Logan Ryan

Rutgers

Jr.

Berlin, N.J./Eastern

S

Duron Harmon

Rutgers

Sr.

Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney

S

Shamarko Thomas

Syracuse

Sr.

Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes

P

Brandon McManus

Temple

Sr.

Hatfield, Pa./North Penn

 * unanimous selection

ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Pos.

Player

School

Cl.

Hometown/High School

WR

Mike Shanahan

Pittsburgh

Sr.

North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin

WR

Devin Street

Pittsburgh

Jr.

Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty

WR

Brandon Coleman

Rutgers

So.

Accokeek, Md./Bishop McNamara

OT

Alex Kupper

Louisville

Sr.

Louisville, Ky./Trinity

OT

Kaleb Johnson

Rutgers

So.

Jacksonville, Fla./Edward H. White

OT

Martin Wallace

Temple

Sr.

New York, N.Y./Beacon School

OG

Adam Masters

Connecticut

Sr.

Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman

OG

Mark Popek

USF

Sr.

Plant City, Fla./Plant City

C

Ryan Turnley

Pittsburgh

Sr.

Hopewell, Pa./Hopewell

QB

Ryan Nassib

Syracuse

Gr.

West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep

TE

Ryan Griffin

Connecticut

Sr.

Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry

RB

George Winn

Cincinnati

Sr.

Southfield, Mich./Detroit Jesuit

RB

Jawan Jamison

Rutgers

So.

Stark, Fla./The Bolles School

K

Brandon McManus

Temple

Sr.

Hatfield, Pa./North Penn

RS

Nick Williams

Connecticut

Sr.

East Windsor, N.J./The Hun School

-

DEFENSE

Pos.

Player

School

Cl.

Hometown/High School

DL

Walter Stewart

Cincinnati

Sr.

Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley

DL

Cory Grissom

USF

Sr.

La Grange, Ga./Troup County

DL

Brandon Sharpe

Syracuse

Sr.

Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes

DL

John Youboty

Temple

Sr.

Houston, Texas/Klein

LB

Preston Brown

Louisville

Jr.

Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest

LB

Sam Barrington

USF

Sr.

Jacksonville, Fla./Terry Parker

LB

Tyler Matakevich

Temple

Fr.

Stratford, Conn./St. Joseph's/Milford Academy

CB

Dwayne Gratz

Connecticut

Sr.

Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway

CB

Blidi Wreh-Wilson

Connecticut

Sr.

Edinboro, Pa./General McLaine

S

Calvin Pryor

Louisville

So.

Port St. Joe, Fla./Port St. Joe

S

Hakeem Smith

Louisville

Jr.

Jonesboro, Ga./Riverdale

S

Jason Hendricks

Pittsburgh

Jr.

Brooklyn, N.Y./Hudson Catholic

P

Pat O'Donnell

Cincinnati

Jr.

Lake Worth, Fla./Palm Beach Central

P

Justin Brockhaus-Kann

USF

Sr.

Winter Springs, Fla./Winter Springs

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