Seven Hokies Earn All-BIG EAST Honors
The Beat
December 10, 2002

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Seven Virginia Tech football players earned All-BIG EAST honors, as released Tuesday by the conference office.

On offense, Ernest Wilford, Lee Suggs and Anthony Davis all earned second-team honors. Wilford led the Hokies with a school-record tying 46 receptions for 875 yards and seven touchdowns. Suggs, who has scored in an NCAA Division I-A record 26 consecutive games played, has rushed for 1,255 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. He also has 11 receptions for 126 yards and two scores. Anthony Davis made the team as an offensive lineman. He started all 13 games for the Hokies this year at left tackle. For Suggs, it's his second all-conference honor, while it's a first-time honor for both Wilford and Davis.

On defense, Nathaniel Adibi, DeAngelo Hall and Willie Pile all made the second team. Adibi recorded nine sacks this year and was a semifinalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. Pile made the team as a free safety, where he recorded 98 tackles and four interceptions this year. Hall recorded 54 tackles, four interceptions and 10 pass breakups despite missing time due to lower back pain. The honor is a first-time one for all three.

On special teams, Vinnie Burns made the second team as a punter while Hall made the second team as the return man. Burns, a Ray Guy Award semifinalist, averaged 40.5 yards per punt with 22 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line. Hall is eighth in the nation in punt returns, averaging 16.0 yards per return. He returned two punts for touchdowns this year.

Miami's Ken Dorsey and Willis McGahee shared Offensive Player of the Year honors while Temple's Dan Klecko was voted the top defensive player. Pittsburgh punter Andy Lee and Rutgers kick returner Nate Jones shared Special Teams Player of the Year honors while Pitt's Larry Fitzgerald garnered the Rookie of the Year award. Miami's Larry Coker earned his second Coach of the Year award in as many season as the Hurricanes' top man.