Rutgers Cleans Up in All-Conference Honors

First-team DT Scott Vallone

The all-conference selections for the Big East are yet again stacked with Rutgers players. Winning a share of the first Big East title in conference history, Rutgers has five players on the first team, three on the second to go along with Defensive Player of the Year and a share of Coach of the Year.

Rutgers cleaned up in 2012 when it comes to All-Big East selections. Linebacker Khaseem Greene, safety Duron Harmon, cornerback Logan Ryan, guard Antwan Lowery and defensive tackle Scott Vallone earned first-team selections. On the second team, wide receiver Brandon Coleman, running back Jawan Jamison and tackle Kaleb Johnson made the cut.

Greene — To go along with Defensive Player of the Year honors, Greene registered 125 tackles, 10.5 TFLs and six forced fumbles during the regular season. He set career bests with 22 tackles against Army and three forced fumbles against Syracuse. Greene is 14 tackles away from third place in school history.

Harmon — Harmon recorded 46 tackles as a senior and provided for two of the biggest scores of the season. Harmon turned the tides on Syracuse when he took a Jamal Merrell blocked field goal 75 yards for a touchdown. He scored three weeks later against Army by stealing a pitch and scoring from 73 yards out.

Ryan — Ryan was not perfect in coverage as a junior, but was the most consistent defender in an experienced defensive secondary. The redshirt junior picked off four passes and emerged as a reliable tackler off the edge. Ryan recorded a career-high 87 tackles and finished a distant second on the team behind Greene.

Lowery — Stuck on the bench before Flood took over as head coach, Lowery surged as an All-America candidate on the inside. He struggled with penalties, but was a key player in blocking for the first 1,000-yard rusher since 2007.

Vallone — Playing half of the year at 3-tech before moving to nose tackle, Vallone dominated the line of scrimmage as a fifth-year senior. Starting 50 consecutive games in a Rutgers uniform, he led the Scarlet Knights with 12 TFLs and nine quarterback hurries.

Coleman — Coleman tied a school record with 10 touchdowns. A redshirt sophomore, the 6-foot-6 weapon caught 39 passes for a team-high 663 yards.

Jamison Hearing the name Ray Rice everywhere he went, Jamison was the first to get to 1,000 yards since Rice. Going for 1,054 yards and four touchdowns, Jamison's best performance came when he unveiled his spin move and went for 151 yards on 41 carries.

Johnson — Johnson moved from right to left tackle as a sophomore and helped hold opponents to just eight sacks. That mark comes two years after the abysmal 61-sack 2010 season.

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