Postseason Superlatives

It is college football awards season, and that means the return of postseason superlatives. takes a look at the team MVP and players of the year in coach Kyle Flood's first season.

Team MVP: OLB Khaseem Greene – Greene's numbers defensively put him in the same category as Heisman finalist Manti Te'o (though without the perfect regular season). Greene is a fifth-year senior and tremendous locker room leader and team spokesman to go along with his play. Greene's performance at weakside linebacker is only exceeded by his value in the locker room.

Offensive Player of the Year: RB Jawan Jamison – Jamison lost steam by the end of the season, partially due to an ankle injury, but his numbers speak for themselves. Jamison is the first tailback at Rutgers since Ray Rice and third in 30 years to crack the 1,000-yard mark. Jamison ran for 1,054 yards and four touchdowns in 2012 and his biggest performances came in tight spots for the team. Jamison broke out for 151 against South Florida, in the first conference win for Flood. He added 118 the next week in a thrilling victory over SEC foe Arkansas.

Defensive Player of the Year: OLB Khaseem Greene – Is there really any doubt. Greene is a leading contender for Big East Defensive Player of the Year and earned all of it with his play as a fifth-year senior. Greene recorded 125 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks and two picks this season. With a bowl game left, Greene stands at 376 career tackles – 10 behind safety Courtney Greene.

Most Improved Player: QB Gary Nova – The mistakes are still there, but think about how far Nova has come since his leap into the fire last year against Pittsburgh. Nova's numbers are incredible for a second-year quarterback at Rutgers. Nova's arm won games in epic fashion against Arkansas and Temple and he was a dark horse for Big East Offensive Player of the Year before struggles in the second half. Nova's 2,566 yards and 22 touchdowns, to go along with a 59 percent passing clip, show dramatic improvements from his true freshman season. Nova is now 9-5 in his Rutgers career as a starter.

Freshman of the Year: Kicker Nick Borgese – First, give Flood credit for redshirting all but three of his true freshmen which is huge for the future of the program. A redshirt freshman walk-on, Borgese went from irrelevant to household name among Rutgers fans. When kicker Kyle Federico went down with an injured hip, Borgese won a four-man kicker contest and did not relinquish his starting gig. Borgese was 80 percent on field goals since taking over, including a hope-inspiring 38-yarder to tie the game against Louisville.

Comeback Player of the Year: RB Savon Huggins – Huggins missed the second half of last season with a knee injury and bounced back with some valuable performances behind starter Jamison. Huggins stepped up in a must-win game against Cincinnati with career highs in rushing attempts (41) and yards (179). The former five-star recruit finished the regular season with 378 yards and two touchdowns.

Commit Rutgers Could Have Used This Season: DB Delon Stephenson – Lack of depth at defensive back stood out in the Louisville game after the injury to Brandon Jones. Already a year removed from high school, Stephenson could have been key depth and has impact potential on special teams.

Play of the Year: Scoop and Score for Duron Harmon: -- Rutgers was on the ropes against Syracuse when linebacker Jamal Merrell blocked a field goal by breaking through the middle of the Orange protection. Senior safety Duron Harmon was first to the football, where he recovered the live ball and took it 75 yards to go ahead 14-7. A 10-point swing in the Scarlet Knights' favor, the win proved to be one of the best of 2012 for the team.

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