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McKillop named Big East defensive player of year

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Pitt fifth-year senior middle linebacker Scott McKillop, who led the Big East in tackles for the second consecutive year, was named the conference’s defensive player of the year today.

McKillop is one of seven Panthers named to the All-Big East team, where he was joined as an unaninmous selection by sophomore tailback LeSean McCoy. Senior offensive lineman C.J. Davis, junior tight end Nate Byham and fifth-year senior kicker Conor Lee also were first-team selections, while redshirt sophomore defensive end Greg Romeus and junior cornerback Aaron Berry were second-team picks.

West Virginia quarterback Pat White, offensive tackle Ryan Stanchek and linebacker Mortty Ivy were first-team picks, and receiver Jock Sanders, center Mike Dent, running back Noel Devine, kicker Pat McAfee, defensive lineman Scooter Berry and cornerback Ellis Lankster were second-team picks for the Mountaineers.

Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly, who led the Bearcats to their first league title, earned Big East coach of the year honors for the second consecutive season. Connecticut running back Donald Brown, who led the nation in rushing at 151.8 yards a game, was the offensive player of the year. Cincinnati return specialist Mardy Gilyard, who returned two kickoffs for touchdowns this season, was the special teams player of the year.

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