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Befitting its place atop the Big East conference, West Virginia took home two major awards and placed six players on the first team all-conference list.

Head coach Rich Rodriguez was named the conference's coach of the year, while running back Steve Slaton earned the league's freshman of the year award. Garin Justice, Dan Mozes, Ernest Hunter, Kevin McLee, Jahmile Addae and Mike Lorello were tabbed for first team all-league honors, while Slaton, Jeremy Sheffey, Anthony Mims, Eric Wicks, Antonio Lewis and Phil Brady earned second team honors. Mozes and Addae are two-time first-team honorees.

Slaton anchored one of the nation's top rushing attacks. West Virginia ranks fifth nationally in rushing yards per game (262.5). The true freshman, who didn't start his first game until Oct. 8 at Rutgers, finished the season with 924 yards rushing on 179 attempts (5.2 avg.). Slaton also rushed for 14 touchdowns and caught two more. He ranks third in the conference in rushing (102.7 ypg.) and second in scoring (10.7 ppg.).

Rodriguez won Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his five-year career at West Virginia. He also earned the honor in 2003. This season, West Virginia (10-1, 7-0 Big East) won the Big East title and is the conference representative in the BCS. The Mountaineers will play Georgia in the Nokia Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2. WVU has won at least a share of the Big East title in each of the last three years. This is the first time since 1993 that the Mountaineers have posted an undefeated mark in league play. In addition, West Virginia has 10 wins in a season for the first time since 1993 and just the fifth time in school history. Currently in his fifth season at the helm of the Mountaineers, Rodriguez owns a 38-22 record (.633).

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