Football Places Eight On All-BIG EAST Teams
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RB George Winn

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RB George Winn
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Dec. 6, 2012

CINCINNATI -

Eight University of Cincinnati football student-athletes were named All-BIG EAST Conference for the 2012 season, the league office announced Thursday.

Sophomore OT Eric Lefeld (Coldwater, Ohio/Coldwater), junior OG Austen Bujnoch (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder), senior TE Travis Kelce (Cleveland Hts., Ohio/Cleveland Hts.), senior DE Dan Giordano (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and junior LB Greg Blair (Pittsburgh, Pa./Schenley/Lackawanna CC) were named to the first team while senior RB George Winn (Southfield, Mich./UD Jesuit), senior DL Walter Stewart (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley) and junior P Pat O’Donnell (Lakeworth, Fla./Palm Beach Central) were second-team honorees.

O’Donnell was a first-team honoree in 2011 and the only UC player to repeat all-league honors from a year ago.

Bujnoch and Lefeld helped lead an offensive line unit that paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher for the third-straight year while surrendering only 13 sacks, a mark that ranks in the Top-20 in the NCAA FBS in 2012.

Kelce emerged as one of the top tight ends in the country, leading the Bearcats by hauling in 40 receptions for 599 yards and seven touchdowns, a mark that ranks sixth among all tight ends in the NCAA FBS.

Giordano was UC's third-leading tackler with 51 stops, including 21 solo tackles. He finished with 12 QB hurries, 6.0 tackles for a loss, tied for the team lead with 5.0 sacks, and snagged two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, had a pass break up and pass defended.

Blair was first on the team and second in the BIG EAST with 123 tackles, an average of 10.2 per game. He led the team with 8.5 tackles for a loss while adding eight passes defended, six pass break ups, four QB hurries, 2.5 sacks, a pair on interceptions and a forced fumble. He had 11 games with six or more tackles; seven double-digit tackle games and a career best 19 stops at Louisville.


 

 

Winn led the league in rushing for most of the campaign, falling to the No. 2 spot after the 12th and final regular season game. He rushed 227 times for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns. The senior had five games rushing over 100 yards, including a season- and career-best 165 yards on 30 carries for three touchdowns against Syracuse. Winn also added 12 receptions for 116 yards and totaled eight tackles on special teams. His 1,204 rushing yards ranks as the seventh-best single-season effort in UC history while his 12 TDs ranks tied for fourth with former standout Isaiah Pead (2011).

Stewart was limited to five games this season due to a career-ending congential spine abnormality that was discovered following the Fordham game. Stewart tallied 22 tackles, with a season-best nine in the season opener against Pittsburgh. He tied for the team high with 5.0 sacks and at the time of his injury was the BIG EAST's active career sacks leader with 17.0. He also added a pair of forced fumbles and a pass break up.

O’Donnell punted 55 times for 2,310 yards and a 42.0 yards per punt average. The junior booted 10 kicks of 50 or more yards, dropped 23 inside the 20-yard line with eight fair catches and only six touchbacks. He had two kicks of 60 yards or more with a season-best kick of 65 yards flipping the field in the USF game and leading a forced fumble for the defense that set up UC's first score. UC's net punting average was second in the BIG EAST and O'Donnell ranked No. 2 as an individual.

Cincinnati (9-3, 5-2 BIG EAST) will close out the 2012 season against Duke in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET, be televised by ESPN and broadcast on radio by 700 WLW AM.

Tickets are on sale now at CATSTIX.com and by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX. Tickets are available at four pricing levels and are priced at $50 for upper level seats, $75 for lower endzone, $85 for lower sideline and $100 for club seats.

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All individuals who buy or donate tickets through UC will receive: two (2) tickets to a future BIG EAST Conference men’s basketball game and a 20% off merchandise credit for the GoBEARCATS.com online store.

2012 BIG EAST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL AWARDS

BIG EAST CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (So., Miami, Fla.)

BIG EAST CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers (Sr., Elizabeth, N.J.)

BIG EAST CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Matt Brown, RB, Temple (Sr., Baltimore, Md.)

BIG EAST CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Tyler Matekevich, LB, Temple (Fr., Stratford, Conn.)

BIG EAST CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR

Charlie Strong, Louisville

Kyle Flood, Rutgers

ALL-BIG EAST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE                                                                                                                      
Pos. Player School Cl. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
WR Alec Lemon * Syracuse Sr. 6-2 204 Crofton, Md./Arundel
WR DeVante Parker Louisville So. 6-3 205 Louisville, Ky./Ballard
OT Eric Lefeld Cincinnati So. 6-6 287 Coldwater, Ohio/Coldwater
OT Justin Pugh Syracuse Sr. 6-5 297 Holland, Pa./Council Rock South
OG Austen Bujnoch Cincinnati Jr. 6-5 285 Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder
OG Antwan Lowery Rutgers Jr. 6-4 305 Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus
C Mario Benavides Louisville Sr. 6-4 280 Los Fresnos, Texas/Los Fresnos
TE Travis Kelce Cincinnati Sr. 6-6 260 Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights
QB Teddy Bridgewater Louisville So. 6-3 218 Miami, Fla./Northwestern
RB Ray Graham Pittsburgh Sr. 5-9 190 Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth
RB Montel Harris Temple Sr. 5-10 207 Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian
K Maikon Bonani USF Sr. 5-10 176 Lake Wales, Fla./Lake Wales
RS Matt Brown Temple Sr. 5-5 165 Baltimore, Md./Peddie School/Milford Academy
                                                                                                                                     
DEFENSE                                                                                                                      
Pos. Player School Cl. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
DL Dan Giordano Cincinnati Sr. 6-4 260 Frankford, Ill./Lincoln-Way East
DL Trevardo Williams * Connecticut Sr. 6-2 233 Bridgeport, Conn./Canterbury
DL Aaron Donald Pittsburgh Jr. 6-0 275 Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills
DL Scott Vallone Rutgers Sr. 6-3 275 Central Islip, N.Y./St. Anthony’s
LB Greg Blair Cincinnati Sr. 6-2 252 Pittsburgh, Pa./Schenley/Lackawanna CC
LB Sio Moore Connecticut Sr. 6-2 229 Apex, N.C./Apex
LB Yawin Smallwood Connecticut So. 6-3 235 Worcester, Mass./Doherty
LB Khaseem Greene * Rutgers Sr. 6-1 230 Elizabeth, N.J./Avon Old Farms
CB Adrian Bushell Louisville  Sr. 5-11 184 DeSoto, Texas/Cedar Valley CC
CB Logan Ryan Rutgers Jr. 6-0 190 Berlin, N.J./Eastern
S Duron Harmon Rutgers Sr. 6-1 200 Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney
S Shamarko Thomas Syracuse Sr. 5-10 206 Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes
P Brandon McManus Temple Sr. 6-3 190 Hatfield, Pa./North Penn
                                                                                                                                     
* unanimous selection
                                                                                                                                
ALL-BIG EAST CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE                                                                                                                          
Pos. Player School Cl. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
WR Mike Shanahan Pittsburgh Sr. 6-5 225 North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin
WR Devin Street Pittsburgh Jr. 6-4 190 Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty
WR Brandon Coleman Rutgers So. 6-6 220 Accokeek, Md./Bishop McNamara
OT Alex Kupper Louisville Sr. 6-3 298 Louisville, Ky./Trinity
OT Kaleb Johnson Rutgers So. 6-4 300 Jacksonville, Fla./Edward H. White
OT Martin Wallace Temple Sr. 6-6 300 New York, N.Y./Beacon School
OG Adam Masters Connecticut Sr. 6-4 298 Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman
OG Mark Popek USF Sr. 6-7 299 Plant City, Fla./Plant City
C Ryan Turnley Pittsburgh Sr. 6-6 320 Hopewell, Pa./Hopewell
QB Ryan Nassib Syracuse Gr. 6-3 227 West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep
TE Ryan Griffin Connecticut Sr. 6-6 247 Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry
RB George Winn Cincinnati Sr. 5-11 210 Southfield, Mich./Detroit Jesuit
RB Jawan Jamison Rutgers So. 5-8 200 Stark, Fla./The Bolles School
K Brandon McManus Temple Sr. 6-3 190 Hatfield, Pa./North Penn
RS Nick Williams Connecticut Sr. 5-10 184 East Windsor, N.J./The Hun School
                                                                                                                                         
DEFENSE                                                                                                                          
Pos. Player                                  School Cl. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
DL Walter Stewart Cincinnati Sr. 6-5 249 Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley
DL Cory Grissom USF Sr. 6-2 316 La Grange, Ga./Troup County
DL Brandon Sharpe Syracuse Sr. 6-1 255 Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes
DL John Youboty Temple Sr. 6-4 250 Houston, Texas/Klein
LB Preston Brown Louisville Jr. 6-2 255 Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest
LB Sam Barrington USF Sr. 6-1 230 Jacksonville, Fla./Terry Parker
LB Tyler Matekevich Temple Fr. 6-1 220 Stratford, Conn./St. Joseph’s/Milford Acadmey
CB Dwayne Gratz Connecticut Sr. 6-0 198 Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson Connecticut Sr. 6-2 190 Edinboro, Pa./General McLaine
S Calvin Pryor Louisville So. 6-2 213 Port St. Joe, Fla./Port St. Joe
S Hakeem Smith Louisville Jr. 6-1 187 Jonesboro, Ga./Riverdale
S Jason Hendricks Pittsburgh Jr. 6-0 180 Brooklyn, N.Y./Hudson Catholic
P Pat O’Donnell Cincinnati Jr. 6-5 222 Lake Worth, Fla./Palm Beach Central
P Justin Brockhaus-Kann USF Sr. 6-2 214 Winter Springs, Fla./Winter Springs