Dec. 8, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - University of Connecticut junior running back Jordan Todman (North Dartmouth, Mass.) was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year for 2010 and UConn head coach Randy Edsall was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year as announced by the BIG EAST on Wednesday (Dec. 8). Todman joins five other Huskies on the All-BIG EAST First Team, marking the first time since the Huskies joined the BIG EAST in 2004 that UConn has had six players earn first-team honors. In addition, two Huskies were named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team.
Todman was unanimously chosen as the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the second Connecticut running back in the last three years to earn the conference's top offensive honor. Todman joins 2008 winner Donald Brown as the only UConn players to be named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. Todman is the first unanimous offensive player of the year since Miami's Gino Torretta during the 1992 season.
Todman finished the regular season ranked second nationally in rushing, averaging 143.1 yards per game. He ran for 1,574 yards and 14 touchdowns, leading the BIG EAST in both categories, and went for at least 100 yards nine times over the season. He had at least one rushing touchdown in eight games and had two games with three rushing touchdowns. Todman ran for a season-high 222 yards on 37 carries in a 30-28 victory over Pittsburgh, went for 190 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-21 win against Vanderbilt and had 175 yards and three TDs in a 38-17 win over Cincinnati.
Edsall, who shares BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors with Louisville's Charlie Strong, led the Huskies on a five-game win streak to end the regular season, claiming a share of the BIG EAST Championship. Edsall and the Huskies earned their second BIG EAST title in four years and were awarded the conference's BCS bid.
Joining Todman on the All-BIG EAST First Team were redshirt junior offensive tackle Mike Ryan (Tamaqua, Pa.), redshirt senior offensive guard Zach Hurd (Waterford, Conn.), redshirt junior kicker Dave Teggart (Northborough, Mass.), redshirt junior defensive tackle Kendall Reyes (Nashua, N.H.) and redshirt senior linebacker Lawrence Wilson (Tuscaloosa, Ala.).
Hurd and Ryan have started 23 combined games this season on the offensive line for the Huskies, allowing UConn to gain 1,741 yards of passing offense and 2,159 yards of rushing offense. The award is Hurd's second of his career while Ryan earns his first post season BIG EAST honor.
Teggart, who was a perfect 34-for-34 on extra point attempts this season, converted 23 of his 29 field goals, including both attempts from 50-yards or more - both of which came in UConn's 16-13 win over USF last Saturday night. Through the end of the regular season he leads the BIG EAST in field goals made, averaging 1.92 per game.
Reyes earns his first BIG EAST post-season award after recording 38 tackles on the season, including 25 solo tackles and 10 for a loss. He posted 2.5 sacks during the season, along with a pair of interceptions for 81 combined yards.
Wilson, a two-time first team selection, led the Huskies with 115 tackles on the year including 64 solo and 10 for a loss. During conference games only, Wilson had 67 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception.
Redshirt junior center Moe Petrus (St. Laurent, Que.) and sophomore wide receiver Nick Williams (East Windsor, N.J.) were both named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team, earning their first post-season awards. Petrus started all 12 games for the Huskies as part of the offensive line, while Williams led UConn with 463 yards on 11 kick returns and was second on the team with 94 yards on seven punt returns.