Jones, Marshall Honored

West Virginia quarterback Rasheed Marshall was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league's head coaches. Teammate Adam Jones was tabbed Big East Special Teams Player of the Year.

Marshall is the first Mountaineer player in league history to garner Offensive Player of the Year honors. The 6-1 senior helped WVU to an 8-3 record and a share of the Big East title with a 4-2 mark. Marshall was a threat through the air and on the ground. He completed 133-of-219 passes for 1,755 yards and 18 touchdowns. He threw only eight interceptions. This week, he ranks 17th nationally in pass efficiency with a rating of 147.9. As a runner, Marshall is sixth in the Big East in rushing, averaging 71.8 yards per game. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., he has gained 790 yards in 158 attempts and has scored four rushing touchdowns.

Jones was a top return specialist for West Virginia. The 5-11 junior, who also earned All-Big East First Team honors at cornerback, led the league in punt returns with a 14.8 average that ranks him 13th nationally. Jones, who is from College Park, Ga., also averaged 22.8 yards on 22 kickoff returns, which places him fourth in the conference.

Joining Jones and Marshall on the first team were six other Mountaineers: wide receiver Chris Henry, offensive linemen Dan Mozes, Tim Brown and Jeff Berk, defensive lineman Ben Lynch and safety Jahmile Addae. WVU had eight first-team selections, more than any other team.

The Mountaineers also placed four players on the second team all-conference squad. Offensive lineman Mike Watson, running back Kay Jay Harris, linebacker Adam Lehnortt and safety Mike Lorello were the WVU rpresentatives on that team.

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