When the BIG EAST Conference announced the post season awards Wednesday morning, seven Bulls earned All-conference recognition with USF wide receiver Lindsey Lamar being chosen as the BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year, and center Sampson Genus, Lindsay Lamar and defensive tackle Terrell McClain all being named to the All-BIG EAST First Team.
This is the fifth straight year that multiple USF players earned first team honors. In the six years since joining the Big East, the Bulls now have thirteen first team selections. Last year DE Jason Pierre-Paul and LB Kion Wilson were chosen. In 2008 DE George Selvie, LB Ben Moffitt and CB Mike Jenkins were selected. In 2006 LB Stephen Nicolas, KR Ean Randolph, and CB Trae Williams all earned first team. Andre Hall was the team's lone first team pick in 2005.
Lamar becomes USF's first BIG EAST major individual honor honoree since George Selvie earned Defensive Player of the Year in 2007. Lamar becomes USF's second BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year honoree with kick returner Ean Randolph in 2006 being the first. USF now has four players to earn a major individual honor from the conference since joining the league in 2005.
Lamar averaged 28.1 yards on 30 kickoff returns in the regular season, leading the BIG EAST with 842 yards and two touchdowns. He sprung a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Syracuse and had a 100-yard return for a score against Louisville, becoming the 10th player in BIG EAST history to register two kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season. Lamar finished the regular season with 1,004 all-purpose yards and had six games with at least 100 all-purpose yards.
Senior offensive center Sampson Genus started every game for USF and was the cow bell of the offensive line and was tabbed for the All-Big east first team after earning second team in 2009.
Bulls senior defensive tackle Terrell McClain finished the regular season with 3 sacks, 4.5 tackles for a loss, 23 total tackles and 4 QB hurries and earned a spot on the All-Big east first team
Four other Bulls were named second team All-BIG EAST with all of them being seniors. On offense Dontavia Bogan, offensive lineman Jacob Sims, and on defense linebacker Jacquian and cornerback Mistral Raymond were all honored by the conference for the first time.
The senior wide out Bogan led the Bulls in receiving with 45 receptions for 640 yards and five touchdowns with a 14.67 average this season, and was the focal point of the Bulls air attack. Bogan has 106 receptions (No. 5 on USF's all-time list) for 1,519 yards (No. 3) and 11 TDs (No. 3).
Senior offensive linemen Jake Sims played in every game this season, and recovered a fumble to score the game winning touchdown against Rutgers. Sims has 31 starts in 46 games played, is a three-time Academic All-BIG EAST selection, and earned post season honors for the first time by the BIG EAST.
USF Senior linebacker Jacquian Williams led the Bulls with 68 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, and 44 of them solo. Williams also had 2.5 sacks, an incredible one-handed interception, and two pass breakups on the season.
Bull's senior defensive back Raymond Mistral switched to corner this year, and finished the regular season with 1 interception, seven passes broken up, 52 tackles, with 4 tackles for a loss.
USF has earned 13 first-team and 22 second-team All-BIG EAST honors since joining the league in 2005.
Offensive Player of the Year: Jordan Todman – Connecticut
Special Teams Player of the Year: Lindsey Lamar – USF
Rookie of the Year: Hakeem Smith – Louisville