Virginia Tech Sweeps Big East Awards
Hokies become first leauge school to win all five individual honors.
December 1, 1999

Providence, R.I. - After completing an 11-0 regular season, Virginia Tech has won all five BIG EAST individual awards, the league announced. The Hokies' Michael Vick (Offense, Rookie), Corey Moore (Defense) and Shayne Graham (Special Teams) were honored as Players of the Year. Tech head coach Frank Beamer was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year. It is the first time in conference history that one team has won all the major awards in the same season.

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.

Vick becomes the first player in college football history to win a league's Player of the Year award (offense, defense or special teams) in the same season he won Rookie of the Year. The redshirt freshman quarterback set an NCAA freshmen record for passing efficiency with a 180.4 rating. The mark was the second-best performance in college football since 1979 and also established a BIG EAST record. Vick led the league in total offense (242.0 yards per game) and was second in passing yards (184.0), throwing only five interceptions. He was 10th in the BIG EAST in rushing with 580 yards, while scoring eight running touchdowns. He is the second unanimous Offensive Player of the Year pick (Gino Torretta, Miami, 1992) and second freshman quarterback (Donovan McNabb, Syracuse, 1995) to earn All-BIG EAST First Team honors.

Moore becomes the first BIG EAST player to win back-to-back defensive accolades. The senior defensive end set a league record with 17 sacks, recording 150 yards in losses. It was the second straight year he led the league in sacks, as he has totaled 31 over the last two seasons. Moore was the leader of a Hokie defense that ranked first in the BIG EAST and in the top 10 nationally in every defensive category. He was sixth on the team in tackles with 60, including 45 solo. He is the first unanimous BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year selection and was a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team choice.

Graham is the first Tech player to win the special teams award. The senior placekicker established a BIG EAST kick scoring record with 107 points, breaking the mark (103) he set in 1998. He averaged 9.7 points overall, leading the league by more than two points per game. Graham converted on 17-of-22 field goals, including 8-of-12 from beyond 40 yards. He added 56 PATs en route to becoming the BIG EAST's all-time career scoring leader with 372 points. Graham, the only unanimous offensive pick on the first team, is the second player in league history (McNabb) to earn All-BIG EAST First Team four times. Graham holds seven different BIG EAST game, season or career records.

Beamer guided Virginia Tech to the first 11-0 season in school history. The Hokies, No. 2 in both national polls, captured their third BIG EAST Championship with a 7-0 league record, tying Beamer for the most titles by a head coach in conference history (Dennis Erickson, Paul Pasqualoni). Tech leads the BIG EAST in 15 different team statistical categories. The Hokies are also among the national leaders, ranking first in scoring (41.4), second in scoring defense (10.5) and third in total defense (247.3) and rushing defense (75.9). Tech is in the top 10 in the nation in seven different categories. It is the third time (1996, 1995) Beamer has been named BIG EAST Coach of the Year.

The All-BIG EAST selections included nine players who repeated on the first team from last season. Five players moved up from second team to first team, while three were repeat honorees on the second team. Five players were unanimous picks on the first team - Graham, Moore, Virginia Tech running back Shyrone Stith, defensive lineman Chris Hovan of Boston College and West Virginia linebacker Barrett Green. Hovan and Tech punter Jimmy Kibble are three-time first team choices, the eighth and ninth players in BIG EAST history to accomplish the feat. The Hokies had 15 players on the first and second teams, the most selections in league history.

1999 BIG EAST FOOTBALL AWARDS

BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
**MICHAEL VICK, VIRGINIA TECH, Freshman, QB, 6-1, 211, Newport News, Va./Warwick
BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
**COREY MOORE, VIRGINIA TECH, Senior, DE, 6-0, 212, Brownsville, Tenn./Haywood
BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
SHAYNE GRAHAM, VIRGINIA TECH, Senior, PK, 6-0, 194, Dublin, Va./Pulaski County
BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
MICHAEL VICK, VIRGINIA TECH, Freshman, QB, 6-1, 211, Newport News, Va./Warwick
BIG EAST COACH OF THE YEAR
FRANK BEAMER, VIRGINIA TECH - 130-82-4 (.611), 19th season

** - unanimous selection
1999 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE
Pos. Player School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown/High School/Junior College
WR Latef Grim Pittsburgh 6-0 185 Jr. Stockton, Calif./Franklin/San Joaquin Delta
WR Santana Moss Miami 5-10 175 Jr. Miami, Fla./Carol City
OT Mark Baniewicz Syracuse 6-6 282 Sr. Penfield, N.Y./Fairport
OG Richard Mercier Miami 6-3 290 Sr. Montreal, Quebec, Canada/Vanier College
C Ty Wise Miami 6-3 280 Sr. Pensacola, Fla./Booker T. Washington
OG Shaun O'Hara Rutgers 6-4 280 Sr. Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough
OT Darnell Alford Boston College 6-4 339 Sr. Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor
TE Daniel Franks Miami 6-6 260 Jr. Big Springs, Texas/Big Springs
QB Michael Vick Virginia Tech 6-1 211 Fr. Newport News, Va./Warwick
RB Shyrone Stith** Virginia Tech 5-8 203 Jr. Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch
RB Avon Cobourne West Virginia 5-8 190 Fr. Cherry Hill, N.J./Holy Cross
RB Cedric Washington Boston College 5-10 201 Jr. Holyoke, Mass./Holyoke
PK Shayne Graham** Virginia Tech 6-0 194 Sr. Dublin, Va./Pulaski County
KR/PR Ricky Hall Virginia Tech 6-3 201 Sr. Chester, Va./Thomas Dale
 
DEFENSE
DL Corey Moore** Virginia Tech 6-0 212 Sr. Brownsville, Tenn./Haywood
DL Chris Hovan ** Boston College 6-3 290 Sr. Rocky River, Ohio/St. Ignatius
DL John Engelberger Virginia Tech 6-4 269 Sr. Springfield, Va./Robert E. Lee
DL Duke Pettijohn Syracuse 6-1 244 Jr. Mattapan, Mass./West Roxbury
LB Barrett Green** West Virginia 6-1 225 Sr. West Palm Beach, Fla./Suncoast
LB Keith Bulluck Syracuse 6-3 230 Sr. New City, N.Y./Clarkstown North
LB Nate Webster Miami 6-0 225 Jr. Miami, Fla./Northwestern
CB Hank Poteat Pittsburgh 6-0 190 Sr. Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg
CB Anthony Midget Virginia Tech 5-11 183 Sr. Clewiston, Fla./Clewiston
S Ramon Walker Pittsburgh 5-11 190 Fr. Akron, Ohio/John R. Buchtel
S Pedro Cirino Boston College 5-11 201 Sr. Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep
P Jimmy Kibble Virginia Tech 5-10 189 Sr. Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park

** - unanimous selection
1999 ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE
Pos. Player School Ht. Wt. Class Hometown/High School/Junior College
WR André Davis Virginia Tech 6-1 199 So. Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna
WR Khori Ivy West Virginia 6-2 190 Sr. Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton Community
OT Tim Leach Temple 6-8 320 Sr. Philadelphia, Pa./Lincoln
OG Paul Zukauskas Boston College 6-6 318 Jr. Weymouth, Mass./Boston College HS
C Keith Short Virginia Tech 6-3 268 Sr. Glen Allen, Va./Patrick Henry
OG Matt Lehr Virginia Tech 6-2 275 Jr. Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge
OT Dave Kadela Virginia Tech 6-6 272 Jr. Dublin, Ohio/Coffman
TE Anthony Becht West Virginia 6-6 265 Sr. Drexel Hill, Pa./Monsignor Bonner
QB Marc Bulger West Virginia 6-3 210 Sr. Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic
RB James Jackson Miami 5-11 210 Jr. Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central/Fork Union MA
RB Kevan Barlow Pittsburgh 6-1 235 Jr. Pittsburgh, Pa./Peabody
PK Jay Taylor West Virginia 6-2 195 Sr. Hershey, Pa./Hershey
KR/PR Santana Moss Miami 5-10 175 Jr. Miami, Fla./Carol City
 
DEFENSE
DL Damione Lewis Miami 6-3 285 Jr. Sulphur Springs, Texas/Sulphur Springs
DL Demond Gibson Pittsburgh 6-4 300 Sr. Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills
DL Wayne Hampton Rutgers 6-5 250 Sr. Paulsboro, N.J./Paulsboro
LB Michael Hawkes Virginia Tech 6-0 231 Sr. Blackstone, Va./Nottoway
LB Dan Morgan Miami 6-3 225 Jr. Coral Springs, Fla./Taravella
LB Jamel Smith Virginia Tech 6-2 233 Sr. Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley
LB Frank Chamberlin Boston College 6-1 250 Sr. Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah
CB Mike Rumph Miami 6-2 195 So. Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic
CB Ike Charlton Virginia Tech 6-0 198 Jr. Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips
S Edward Reed Miami 6-0 190 So. St. Rose, La./Destrehan
S Al Blades Miami 6-2 200 Jr. Plantation, Fla./Plantation
P Mark Fazzolari West Virginia 6-0 185 Fr. Washington, Pa./Chartiers Houston
P Greg DeBolt Pittsburgh 6-0 185 Sr. Auburn, Wash./Auburn/West Los Angeles

Ties in the voting created additional positions at running back (first team) and punter (second team).