Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene has made various All-America teams this season, but one thing has eluded him: first-team status.
Greene made the AT&T ESPN.com All-America team, the only Big East player selected for inclusion. I pushed hard for Greene to get consideration because of what he has done not just for Rutgers but the Big East as well. He just became the second two-time winner of Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors, and he was even more valuable to his defense this season than last.
Here is what I wrote in describing the way Greene played this year:
Greene was a beast of a linebacker last season. He was even better this year. The Big East Defensive Player of the Year did more than just rack up tackle after tackle, to the tune of 125 on the season. He also ranks second in the nation with six forced fumbles, led his team with 5.5 sacks, broke up five passes and had two interceptions from his weakside spot. He essentially doubled his career sacks and forced fumbles in the span of 12 games. There is no defensive player in his league as consistent or as good.
It should also come as no surprise that Greene won the Homer Hazel Trophy as Rutgers’ most valuable player at the team's awards banquet on Sunday night.
Congratulations to Greene; both honors are well deserved.