Selvie, Five Bulls Earn All-Conference Honors

USF star defensive end George Selvie was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and five other Bulls, Ben Moffitt, Mike Jenkins, Trae Williams, Tyrone McKenzie, and Ryan Schmidt earned all-conference honors Monday morning.

USF star defensive end George Selvie was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and five other Bulls, Ben Moffitt, Mike Jenkins, Trae Williams, Tyrone McKenzie, and Ryan Schmidt earned all-conference honors Monday morning.

West Virginia quarterback Patrick White, was chosen as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, and Cincinnati punter Kevin Huber earned Special Teams Player of the Year. LeSean McCoy, Pittsburgh's running back was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, and Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year. The all conference honors are chosen by the league's eight head coaches.

George Selvie was a terror on the field finishing with an outstanding 31.5 tackles for a loss, a new big east record and just half a TFL shy of the NCAA record of 32. His 14.5 sacks ranked him second in the nation and his 3 forced fumbles led the Big East. Selvie finished with 58 tackles, 46 of them solo, 12 quarterback hits and 1 blocked kick on the season.

Selvie is the first USF player and the first sophomore ever to earn defensive player of the year, was unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team choice. Last year Bulls quarterback Matt Grothe earned freshman of the Year and receiver/return specialist Ean Randolph was named Special Team Player of the Year by the league coaches.

"I never expected any of this," said Selvie. "I came into the year and I just wanted to help our team. We've had a good season and accomplished some unbelievable things. I'm glad I have contributed my part. An award like this says more about our entire defensive unit. I can't have any success without the other 10 players on defensive, as well as my defensive coaches."

Joining Selvie on the All-Big East first team are seniors linebacker Ben Moffitt and cornerback Mike Jenkins. Making it the second straight year that three USF players earned first team honors. In the three years since joining the Big East, the Bulls now have seven first team selections. Last year, LB Stephen Nicolas, KR Ean Randolph, and CB Trae Williams all earned first team.

Surprisingly, this is the first ever BIG EAST honor for Moffitt, who is the team leader on defense. This season he finished with 100 tackles, second best on the team, 12 tackles for loss 2 fumble recoveries and 4 quarterback hits. He also snagged 4 interceptions for 136 yards, one for a score, after not having any in his entire college career.

This is the second conference honor for cornerback Mike Jenkins, who was named to the second team in 2005. After a stellar four seasons at USF, the lockdown corner is on pace to be the highest Bull ever drafted into the NFL. This season Jenkins had 3 interceptions and 12 pass breakups. He also had 38 tackles, 4 for a loss and a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD.

Earning all-conference second team honors were senior cornerback Trae Williams, junior linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, and offensive lineman Ryan Schmidt.

This is also the second conference honor for corner Trae Williams, who was a first team selection by the BIG EAST last season. Williams, the perfect counterpart on the other side, had six interceptions, with three returned for touchdowns this season. Combined with the seven picks last year, he has the highest total among all NCAA FBS players. Trae also had 10 pass breakups and 50 tackles with half a sack for the season.

Tyrone McKenzie has been outstanding this season and his 111 tackles this year leads the Bulls. McKenzie who transferred from Iowa State last season also had 7.5 tackles for a loss, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles, 4 quarterback hits, and 1 blocked kick on the year.

Offensive lineman Ryan Schmidt, who was named to the second team, was the only offensive player to earn all-conference honors for a Bulls squad that accumulated 5,059 total yards and 430 points, both school records.

"All of these players are deserving and I am very proud of each of them," said Leavitt. "They work hard every day and provide a great example for their teammates and young fans everywhere. They go about things the right way and now they are awarded by the coaches of the BIG EAST. That's quite an honor, one I'm sure they will never forget."




Patrick White, QB, West Virginia (Jr., Daphne, Ala.)



George Selvie, DL, USF (So., Pensacola, Fla.)



Kevin Huber, P, Cincinnati (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio)



LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh (Fr., Harrisburg, Pa.) *



Brian Kelly, Cincinnati




Pos.        Player                                School                      Cl.       Ht.      Wt.

WR          Harry Douglas                     Louisville                    Sr.      5-11     170    

WR          Tiquan Underwood              Rutgers                     Jr.       6-2      180    

OT           Jeff Otah                             Pittsburgh                 Sr.       6-6      340    

OT           Jeremy Zuttah                     Rutgers                     Sr.       6-4      290    

OG           Donald Thomas                    Connecticut               Sr.       6-4      290    

OG           Greg Isdaner                       West Virginia             So.       6-4      315    

C              Eric Wood                            Louisville                    Jr.       6-4      301    

TE            Gary Barnidge *                  Louisville                    Sr.       6-6      234    

QB           Patrick White *                    West Virginia             Jr.       6-2      190    

RB            Ray Rice *                           Rutgers                     Jr.       5-9      205    

RB            LeSean McCoy                     Pittsburgh                 Fr.      5-11     210    

K              Art Carmody                        Louisville                    Sr.       5-9      180    

KR/PR      Max Suter                            Syracuse                   Fr.      5-11     190    



DL            Terrill Byrd                           Cincinnati                   Jr.       6-1      270                    

DL            Eric Foster                           Rutgers                     Sr.       6-2      265    

DL            George Selvie *                   USF                           So.       6-4      245    

DL            Keilen Dykes                        West Virginia             Sr.       6-5      295    

LB            Danny Lansanah                 Connecticut               Sr.       6-0      248    

LB            Scott McKillop *                   Pittsburgh                  Jr.       6-2      240    

LB            Ben Moffitt                          USF                           Sr.       6-2      240    

CB            Mike Mickens *                     Cincinnati                   Jr.       6-0      165    

CB            Mike Jenkins                        USF                           Sr.       6-2      200    

S              Haruki Nakamura *              Cincinnati                  Sr.      5-10     190    

S              Eric Wicks                            West Virginia             Sr.       6-1      205    

P              Kevin Huber                         Cincinnati                   Jr.       6-1      210    


* unanimous selection





WR          Marcus Barnett                    Cincinnati                  Fr.       6-1      165

WR          Kenny Britt                          Rutgers                     So.       6-4      205

WR          Mike Williams                        Syracuse                   So.       6-2      204    

WR          Darius Reynaud                   West Virginia             Sr.      5-10     200    

OT           George Bussey                    Louisville                    Jr.       6-4      298    

OT           Pedro Sosa                          Rutgers                     Sr.       6-5      290    

OG           Trevor Canfield                   Cincinnati                   Jr.       6-5      320    

OG           Ryan Schmidt                      USF                            Jr.       6-4      305    

C              Mike Dent                            West Virginia             Jr.       6-4      285    

QB           Brian Brohm                         Louisville                    Sr.       6-4      228    

RB            Andre Dixon                        Connecticut              So.       6-1      195    

RB            Steve Slaton                        West Virginia             Jr.      5-10     190    

K              Pat McAfee                          West Virginia             Jr.       6-1      220    

KR/PR      Tyvon Branch                      Connecticut               Sr.       6-0      199    



DL            Anthony Hoke                     Cincinnati                  Sr.       6-1      230    

DL            Joe Clermond                      Pittsburgh                 Sr.       6-3      250    

DL            Arthur Jones                       Syracuse                   So.       6-4      289    

DL            Johnny Dingle                      West Virginia             Sr.       6-3      270    

LB            Lamar Myles                        Louisville                    Jr.       6-0      220    

LB            Tyrone McKenzie                 USF                            Jr.       6-2      230    

LB            Marc Magro                         West Virginia             Sr.       6-3      240    

CB            DeAngelo Smith                   Cincinnati                   Jr.       6-0      185    

CB            Trae Williams                       USF                           Sr.      5-10     185    

S              Courtney Greene                Rutgers                     Jr.       6-2      210    

S              Joe Fields                            Syracuse                   Sr.       6-1      210    

P              Rob Long                             Syracuse                   Fr.       6-4      175    


Note: The All-BIG EAST Second Team includes four wide receivers due to a tie in the voting



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