BIG EAST Announces 10th Anniversary Honors
McNabb, Sapp, Johnson, Mack and Beamer Lead Recognition
August 22, 2000

Providence, R.I. - Former Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb, the only three-time Offensive Player of the Year in conference history, has been chosen the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Decade, the league announced. Former Miami defensive tackle Warren Sapp has been selected BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Decade, while Kevin Johnson of Syracuse and Tremain Mack of Miami share the special teams honor. Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer has been picked as BIG EAST Coach of the Decade.

Voting was conducted among BIG EAST media members in anticipation of the 2000 season, the league's 10th year of football action.

McNabb, the current starting quarterback of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, owns several BIG EAST passing records, ranking first in passing yards (8,389), touchdown passes (77), total offensive yards (9,950) and touchdown responsibility (96). He was the first player in conference history to be named All-BIG EAST First Team four times in his career. A native of Dolton, Ill., he led the Orangemen to three BIG EAST Championships during his tenure, including berths in the FedEx Orange and Tostitos Fiesta Bowls.

Sapp was a consensus All-America pick for the Hurricanes in 1994. He was the first league player to win the Bronko Nagurski Award, given to the top defensive player in college football and the Lombardi Award, presented to the nation's top lineman. Currently a standout for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he was a key player on two BIG EAST Championship teams. The native of Plymouth, Fla., is the only member of the BIG EAST 10th Anniversary Team that was a unanimous selection.

Johnson was the unanimous BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year in 1998. He led the league in kick returns in both 1997 and '98, tying the conference record for yards per return in '97 (30.0 avg.). Johnson is the BIG EAST's all-time leader in returns for a touchdown with four, including a 100-yard return for a score against Miami in 1998. The Trenton, N.J., native is fourth on both the BIG EAST and Syracuse career lists with 1,437 kickoff return yards.

Mack was the BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year in 1996. He led the nation in kickoff returns that season (39.5 yards per return), the only player in league history to lead the country in that category. The mark was also the second-highest average in NCAA history. He blocked three kicks in '96 and totaled nine deflected boots in his career. The native of Tyler, Texas set a UM record with 528 kick return yards during the 1996 season.

Beamer has guided Virginia Tech to national prominence, including the first 11-0 regular season in school history in 1999. The Hokie mentor has won three conference titles, tied for the most championships by a head coach in league history (Dennis Erickson, Paul Pasqualoni). A three-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year (1999, '96, '95), he has guided Tech to seven consecutive bowl games.

The BIG EAST 10th Anniversary Team selections include 29 different players. Miami led the way with seven players chosen, followed by Boston College (5), West Virginia (5), Syracuse (5), Virginia Tech (4) and Pittsburgh (3).

(as selected by BIG EAST media)

BIG EAST Offensive Player Of The Decade DONOVAN McNABB, SYRACUSE, Quarterback, 1995-98, Dolton, Ill./Mt. Carmel
BIG EAST Defensive Player Of The Decade WARREN SAPP, MIAMI, DT, 1992-94, Plymouth, Fla./Apopka
BIG EAST Special TEAMS Players Of The Decade KEVIN JOHNSON, SYRACUSE, Kick Returner, 1995-98, Trenton, N.J./Hamilton West TREMAIN MACK, MIAMI, Defensive Back/Punt Returner, 1994-96, Tyler, Texas/Chapel Hill
BIG EAST Coach Of The Decade FRANK BEAMER, VIRGINIA TECH - Career Record: 130-83-4 (.608), 19 seasons Record at Virginia Tech: 88-60-2, 13 seasons Since '91: 71-34-1/40-15 BIG EAST

Pos.PlayerYears In SchoolBIG EASTHometown/High School/Junior College
WRDietrich JellsPittsburgh1991-95Erie, Pa./Tech Memorial
WRMarvin HarrisonSyracuse1992-95Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic
WRAntonio FreemanVirginia Tech1991-94Baltimore, Md./Polytechnic
OLDoug BrzezinskiBoston College1995-98Livonia, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central
OLPete KendallBoston College1992-95Weymouth, Mass./Archbishop Williams
OLLeon SearcyMiami1991Orlando, Fla./Maynard Evans
OLReuben BrownPittsburgh1991-94Lynchburg, Va./E.C. Glass
OLJim PyneVirginia Tech1991-93Milford, Mass./Milford/Choate-Rosemary Hall (Conn.)
TEPete MitchellBoston College1991-94Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice
QBDonovan McNabbSyracuse1995-98Dolton, Ill./Mt. Carmel
RBEdgerrin JamesMiami1996-98Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee
RBAmos ZereoueWest Virginia1996-98Hempstead, N.Y./W.C. Mepham
PKShayne GrahamVirginia Tech1996-99Dublin, Va./Pulaski County
KR/PRKevin JohnsonSyracuse1995-98Trenton, N.J./Hamilton West
Pos.PlayerYears In SchoolBIG EASTHometown/High School/Junior College
DLChris HovanBoston College1996-99Rocky River, Ohio/St. Ignatius
DLMike MamulaBoston College1993-94Lackawanna, N.Y./Lackawanna Secondary
DLWarren Sapp**Miami1992-94Plymouth, Fla./Apopka
DLCorey MooreVirginia Tech1997-99Brownsville, Tenn./Haywood
DLCanute CurtisWest Virginia1993-96Amityville, N.Y./Farmingdale
LBMicheal BarrowMiami1991-92Homestead, Fla./Homestead
LBRay LewisMiami1993-95Lakeland, Fla./Kathleen
LBTom TumultyPittsburgh1991, 93-95Penn Hills, Pa./Penn Hills
LBGary StillsWest Virginia1996-98Trenton, N.J./Valley Forge Military Academy
CBRyan McNeilMiami1991-92Fort Pierce, Fla./Westwood
CBKevin AbramsSyracuse1994-96Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough
CBAaron BeasleyWest Virginia1992-95Pottstown, Pa./Valley Forge
STremain MackMiami1994-96Tyler, Texas/Chapel Hill
SDonovin DariusSyracuse1994-97Camden, N.J./Woodrow Wilson
PTodd SauerbrunWest Virginia1991-94Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville
** - unanimous selection
ties created an additional position at wide receiver, linebacker, defensive line and cornerback