Big East awards race update, Week 11

Not too many changes in the player races after just two games last week.

Player of the year race: Offense

1. Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville: Powell didn't play last week because of injury after a subpar performance at Pitt. But no one did anything to overtake him, either.

2. Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut: Todman should go over 1,000 yards for the season Thursday night against Pitt. A big game -- and a UConn win -- could push him back to the top of this race.

3. Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati: Collaros should be back this week at West Virginia after missing the Syracuse game. He'll be facing the league's best defense in Morgantown.

4. Tino Sunseri, QB, Pittsburgh: Sunseri will take his excellent conference-only stats into a big showdown Thursday night in East Hartford.

Player of the year race: Defense

1. Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh: Sheard is tied for third nationally in sacks and 13th in tackles for loss.

2. Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville: Leads league in passes defended and is fourth in interceptions. The senior has anchored the Cardinals' secondary.

3. Derrell Smith, LB, Syracuse: Smith still leads Syracuse in tackles, but Orange 'D' took a hit against Louisville over the weekend.

4. Dom DeCicco, LB/S, Pittsburgh: Has 50 tackles and three interceptions.

Coach of the year race

1. Charlie Strong, Louisville: I was ready to call this for Doug Marrone last week, but Strong led his team to victory at the Carrier Dome and has delivered more than anyone could have asked for.

2. Doug Marrone, Syracuse

3. Skip Holtz, South Florida

Rookie of the year

1. Chas Dodd, QB, Rutgers Will likely start his fifth straight game this week, though he'll need to pick up some wins soon to keep the job.

2. Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville: Redshirt freshman leads team with 60 tackles.

3. Jeremy Deering, WR, Rutgers: My preseason pick has rushed for 213 yards and caught 12 passes for 149 yards.

4. Josh Bellamy, WR, Louisville: Junior-college import has 20 catches for 304 yards and four touchdowns.

5. DeDe Lattimore, LB, South Florida: Has 40 tackles as a starter for the Bulls.