WVU Earns Big East Football Honors

Head coach Rich Rodriguez and wide receiver Chris Henry took home individual Big East football honors, and a number of other players earned selection to all-conference teams.

Henry nabbed the Big East Rookie of the Year award, while Rodriguez earned Coach of the Year honors.

Henry is the third Mountaineer in BIG EAST history (Grant Wiley, 2000; Amos Zereoue, 1996) to earn rookie honors after finishing second in the conference with 10 touchdown catches and 87.3 yards per game. Henry, who did not play last year, finished the regular season with 38 receptions for 960 yards, averaging 25.3 yards per catch. The first three receptions of his career earlier this season went for touchdowns. He has been very strong in his last seven contests, catching 31 passes for 805 yards and seven scores. Henry also has four outings of 100 receiving yards or more in 2003.

Rodriguez guided West Virginia, picked fourth in the preseason poll, to a share of the BIG EAST Championship. The title was the second for the Mountaineers and first since 1993. After a 1-4 start, he helped maintain the team's focus as WVU concluded the year with a seven-game winning streak. Rodriguez has led West Virginia to a 12-2 conference record over the past two seasons and guided them to their second straight bowl appearance. He is the second WVU coach (Don Nehlen, 1993) to earn league Coach of the Year honors and the fourth overall to be a unanimous selection.

Linebacker Grant Wiley heads the WVU contingent on the all-conference teams, as one of only six unanimous selections to the squad. Joining Wiley on the first team are running back Quincy Wilson and safety Brian King.

Mountaineers on the second team include Henry, offensive lineman Jeff Berk, quarterback Rasheed Marshall and cornerback Adam Jones.


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