Postseason Superlatives

The regular season is complete for Rutgers with the Scarlet Knights finishing 8-4 and awaiting their bowl fate. Doubling the win total from last year, hands out post-season superlatives including the team's MVP and play of the year.

Team MVP: WR Mohamed Sanu — Who else? The junior shattered Larry Fitzgerlad's Big East single season receptions record and is top contender for offensive player of the year in the conference. Sanu totaled 109 catches, 1,144 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season. Honorable Mentions: Khaseem Greene, Justin Francis.

Offensive Player of the Year: WR Mohamed Sanu — See above. The only question with Sanu's incredible season is what kind of performance he puts up in what may be his final bowl game. In his first bowl game, he took home the St. Petersburg Bowl MVP trophy as a true freshman. Sanu is three catches behind Brian Leonard's career receptions mark, the best in school history and is 227 yards behind Kenny Britt's single-season receiving yards record. Honorable Mentions: None.

Defensive Player of the Year: WLB Khaseem Greene — Greene deserves to be the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. In his first year at a new position, Greene leads the conference with 127 tackles and is third on the team with 11 TFLs. Greene got stronger as the season went on, averaged 13 tackles per game in the last month. Honorable Mentions: Justin Francis, Duron Harmon, Logan Ryan, Brandon Jones.

Most Improved Player: Quron Pratt — Before this season, the undersized receiver consistently battled injury issues and was not a factor in the offense. Going into the season, the four big receivers stole many headlines, but the shifty Pratt emerged as the second most reliable weapon behind Sanu. Not recording a catch before this season, Pratt was second on the team with 31 catches, 323 yards and his first career touchdown. Honorable Mentions: Logan Ryan, D.C. Jefferson

Freshman of the Year: RT Kaleb Johnson — Since Johnson took over for Desmond Stapleton at right tackle, he became the Scarlet Knights' most reliable lineman. Wherever he projects down the road, Johnson has a bright future on the Banks. Honorable Mentions: Jawan Jamison, Gary Nova

Comeback Player of the Year: Jamal Merrell and Jamil Merrell — The Delaware twins each went from battling injuries their first two years to starters. Jamal Merrell started 11 games at strongside linebacker, made 39 tackles and forced the fumble that ended the game against Syracuse. Jamil Merrell came back late in the year and started the last five games of the season. Honorable Mentions: Edmond Laryea, Tim Wright.

Best Position Change: DT Justin Francis — Francis went from a decent backup defensive end to a complete monster in opponent's backfields. He went from in the mix as a starter to the anchor of the defensive line, leading Rutgers with 6.5 sacks — the most since Jonathan Freeny in 2009. Honorable Mentions: Joe Martinek, David Rowe, Khaseem Greene.

Commit Rutgers Could Have Used This Season: OL Chris Muller — Rutgers still has not found the best five offensive lineman this season. A polished tackle like Muller would have gotten a shot to contribute. Honorable Mentions: Michael Giacone, Delon Stephenson.

Assistant Coach of the Year: Special teams coach Robb Smith — Coverage debacle against Connecticut aside, Smith's unit is responsible for the key play that won three separate games this year — blocks against Navy and Army and Jeremy Deering's kick return against South Florida. Honorable Mentions: Defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, defensive line coach Phil Galiano.

Play of the Year: Jeremy Deering's 98-yard kick return against South Florida — When Rutgers desperately needed some magic to remain in the Big East title hunt, Deering kick-started a 17-point rally to overtake the Bulls. Honorable Mentions: Wayne Warren and Jordan Thomas combine for block punt return for touchdown against Army, Brandon Jones blocked field goal to preserve Navy win, Mohamed Sanu's one-handed touchdown against North Carolina.

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