Football Places Four On First-Team All-BIG EAST Squad
Lee Suggs earns co-offensive player of the year
November 29, 2000

Providence, R.I. - Fresh off its first outright BIG EAST Championship since 1994, Miami has earned accolades in four of five conference individual awards, the league announced. Seniors Santana Moss (Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Year) and Dan Morgan (Defensive Player of the Year) were recognized, while head coach Butch Davis was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year. It is the second time in league history (1991) the Hurricanes have captured four individual awards. Pittsburgh's Antonio Bryant and Lee Suggs of Virginia Tech also shared offensive honors, while West Virginia's Grant Wiley was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year.

The All-BIG EAST First and Second Teams were also announced. All selections are made by the league's head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players.

Moss becomes the first player in BIG EAST history to win Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Year. The senior wideout was second in the BIG EAST and is fourth nationally in punt returns with an 18.2-yard average. He set conference season (655) and career (1,196) records for total punt return yards. He had four punt returns for touchdowns this year, tying a NCAA and BIG EAST record. Moss is second in the league in all-purpose yards (145.8 ypg) and third in receiving (68.0).

Bryant leads the nation in receiving with a 130.2-yard average, which is also a BIG EAST record. The sophomore also set a league mark with 1,302 receiving yards for the season. He pulled in 68 receptions and 11 touchdowns, with the scoring catch total the second-best in league history. Bryant is one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's top receiver. He is the second Panther (Billy West, 1994) to garner BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year.

Suggs is the second straight Virginia Tech player to earn offensive accolades and third in BIG EAST history. The sophomore running back led the BIG EAST with 1,207 rushing yards. He scored 27 touchdowns on the ground and 28 overall, both BIG EAST and Virginia Tech season records. He topped the conference record for rushing scores by eight. Suggs was 18th nationally in rushing (109.7) and placed fifth in the league in all-purpose yardage (119.5). He had six 100-yard rushing games this year.

Morgan established a BIG EAST career record for tackles, finishing with 532 (309 solo) during his four-year stint with the Hurricanes. The senior linebacker led the conference with 138 stops this year, including 92 solo. He made 12.5 tackles per game and has been among the national leaders all season. Morgan also had 15 tackles for loss and five sacks. A two-time All-BIG EAST First Team honoree, he is the first UM player to record 100 tackles or more in four different seasons.

Wiley established himself as one of the hardest hitters on the WVU defense in his first season. The freshman linebacker was fourth on the team with 90 tackles, recording 8.2 per game. He was ninth among BIG EAST linebackers and was one of 12 league players to record 90 or more stops. He also put his name in the NCAA record book, becoming the ninth linebacker in history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a season. The scores tied a BIG EAST record for all players held by four others.

Davis guided Miami to its fifth BIG EAST title and a No. 2 national ranking with a 10-1 record. The Hurricanes finished 7-0 in conference play, the second time since round-robin play began in 1993 they have gone unbeaten. UM leads the BIG EAST in 10 different statistical categories. The 'Canes are also among the national leaders, ranking second in scoring (42.6) and interceptions (23) and sixth in scoring defense (15.5). It is the first BIG EAST Coach of the Year award for Davis.

The All-BIG EAST selections included just one player (Moss) who repeated on the first team from last season. Eight players moved up from second team to first team, with four repeat honorees on the second team. Four players were unanimous picks on the first team - Suggs, Morgan and defensive linemen Damione Lewis (Miami) and Dwight Freeney (Syracuse). The Hurricanes had 15 players on the first and second teams, tying (Virginia Tech, 1999) for the most selections in league history. The BIG EAST became the fourth Division I conference (Big West '98, WAC '96, Big Ten '90) to have three players earn Offensive Player of the Year in the same season.

2000 BIG EAST FOOTBALL AWARDS
BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Antonio Bryant, Pittsburgh, Sophomore, Wr, 6-2, 180, Miami, Fla./Miami Northwestern
Santana Moss, Miami, Senior, Wr, 5-10, 180, Miami, Fla./Carol City
Lee Suggs, Virginia Tech, Sophomore, Rb, 6-0, 201, Roanoke, Va./William Fleming

BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
**Dan Morgan, Miami, Senior, Lb, 6-3, 245, Coral Springs, Fla./Taravella

BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
**Santana Moss, Miami, Senior, Pr, 5-10, 180, Miami, Fla./Carol City

BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Grant Wiley, West Virginia, Freshman, Lb, 6-1, 230, Trappe, Pa./Perkiomen Valley

BIG EAST COACH OF THE YEAR
Butch Davis, Miami - 50-20 (.714) - Sixth Season

2000 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
Pos.PlayerSchoolHt.Wt.Cl.Hometown/High School/Junior College
WRSantana MossMiami5-10180Sr.Miami, Fla./Carol City
WRAntonio BryantPittsburgh6-2185So.Miami, Fla./Miami Northwestern
OTDave KadelaVirginia Tech6-6287Sr.Dublin, Ohio/Coffman/Fork Union MA
OGJoaquin GonzalezMiami6-5290Jr.Miami, Fla./Columbus
CJeff McCurleyPittsburgh6-5290Sr.Enon Valley, Pa./Mohawk
OGPaul ZukauskasBoston College6-6306Sr.Weymouth, Mass./Boston College HS
OTBryant McKinnieMiami6-9330Jr.Woodbury, N.J./Woodbury/Lackawanna JC
TEJeremy ShockeyMiami6-5240So.Ada, Okla./Ada/NE Oklahoma JC
QBKen DorseyMiami6-5195So.Orinda, Calif./Miramonte
RBLee Suggs**Virginia Tech6-0207So.Roanoke, Va./William Fleming
RBWilliam GreenBoston College6-1215So.Atlantic City, N.J./Holy Spirit
PKMike SutphinBoston College6-2197Sr.Ellicott City, Md./Loyola Academy
KR/PRSantana MossMiami5-10180Sr.Miami, Fla./Carol City

DEFENSE
Pos.PlayerSchoolHt.Wt.Cl.Hometown/High School/Junior College
DLDamione Lewis**Miami6-3295Sr.Sulphur Springs, Texas/Sulphur Springs
DLDwight Freeney**Syracuse6-1245Jr.Bloomfield, Conn./Bloomfield
DLDavid PughVirginia Tech6-3271Jr.Madison Heights, Va./Amherst County
DLBryan KnightPittsburgh6-2230Jr.Buffalo, N.Y./St. Joseph's
LBDan Morgan**Miami6-3245Sr.Coral Springs, Fla./Taravella
LBMorlon GreenwoodSyracuse6-1234Sr.Freeport, N.Y./Freeport
LBClifton SmithSyracuse6-2254So.Freeport, N.Y./Freeport
LBBen TaylorVirginia Tech6-2226Jr.Bellaire, Ohio/Bellaire
CBWill AllenSyracuse5-10190Sr.Syracuse, N.Y./Corcoran
CBMike RumphMiami6-2200Jr.DeFla./Atlantic
SEdward ReedMiami6-0190Jr.Destrehan, La./Destrehan
SAl BladesMiami6-2205Sr.Plantation, Fla./Plantation
PFreddie CapshawMiami5-11180So.Rock Springs, Wyo./Rock Springs
** - unanimous selection

2000 ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
Pos.PlayerSchoolHt.Wt.Cl.Hometown/High School/Junior College
WRReggie WayneMiami6-1195Sr.Marrero, La./John Ehret
WRKhori IvyWest Virginia6-3195Sr.Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton Community
OTMatt LehrVirginia Tech6-2285Sr.Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge
OGPaul LaQuerreBoston College6-3292Sr.West Barnstable, Mass./West Barnstable
CDan KoppenBoston College6-3288So.Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall
OGRich MazzaRutgers6-3280Sr.Bethlehem, Pa./Notre Dame
OTMichael CookBoston College6-5325Sr.Walpole, Mass./Walpole
TEBrowning WynnVirginia Tech6-3230Jr.Jonesville, Va./Lee
TERobert EllisBoston College6-5253Sr.Baytown, Texas/Robert E. Lee
QBMichael VickVirginia Tech6-1214So.Newport News, Va./Warwick
RBJames JacksonMiami5-11215Sr.Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central/Fork Union MA
RBAvon CobourneWest Virginia5-9195So.Cherry Hill, N.J./Holy Cross
PKCarter WarleyVirginia Tech5-11184Fr.Richmond, Va./Fork Union
KR/PRAndré DavisVirginia Tech6-1199Jr.Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna

DEFENSE
Pos.PlayerSchoolHt.Wt.Cl.Hometown/High School/Junior College
DLDuke PettijohnSyracuse6-2251Sr.Mattapan, Mass./West Roxbury
DLRussell NewmanTemple6-2253Jr.Philadelphia, Pa./Northeast
DLChad BeasleyVirginia Tech6-5277Jr.Gate City, Va./Gate City
DLEric DowningSyracuse6-4306Sr.Paterson, N.J./Coffeyville CC
DLRickie SimpkinsSyracuse6-3302Sr.Middle Village, N.Y./Christ the King
LBGerald HayesPittsburgh6-3235So.Paterson, N.J./Passaic County Tech
LBLeVar TalleyTemple5-11223Sr.Philadelphia, Pa./Bishop McDevitt
LBWesley RobertsonRutgers6-2225Sr.Camden, N.J./Woodrow Wilson
CBLeonard MyersMiami6-0200Sr.Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Dillard
CBRonyell WhitakerVirginia Tech5-9193So.Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor
SRamon WalkerPittsburgh6-0195So.Akron, Ohio/John R. Buchtel
SCory BirdVirginia Tech5-10219Sr.Mays Landing, N.J./Oakcrest
PMark FazzolariWest Virginia6-0190So.Washington, Pa./Chartiers Houston


Ties in the voting created additional positions for Offensive Player of the Year, linebacker (first team), defensive line (second team) and tight end (second team).