Khaseem Greene named Defensive Player of the Year, Kyle Flood named Coach of the Year

By Matt Sugam

For the second straight year, Khaseem Greene is the Big East’s Defensive Player of the Year. However this time, Greene isn’t sharing the award with anyone like he did with Cincinnati defensive tackle Derrick Wolfe last year.

He becomes just the second player in Big East history to win the award back-to-back years. The first was Virginia Tech defensive end Corey Moore in 1998 and 1999.

Greene recorded 125 tackles this year, including a career-high 22 against Army.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder racked up 256 tackles since his move from free safety to weak side linebacker in 2011. His 376 career tackles is fifth all-time at Rutgers.

Greene also recorded 5.5 sacks and two interceptions this season.

The Elizabeth, NJ native did so under the direction of a first time head coach Kyle Flood, who was also honored by the conference. Flood was named the Big East Coach of the Year along with Louisville head coach Charlie Strong.

In his first year as head coach, Flood led Rutgers to a 9-3 record and a share of the Big East Title for the first time in school history. The Scarlet Knights are in to their best bowl game in program history as they take part in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Rutgers also had several players on the All-Big East first and second teams. Here’s the list:

All-Big East first team: left guard Antwan Lowery, defensive tackle Scott Vallone, weakside linebacker Khaseem Greene, cornerback Logan Ryan and safety Duron Harmon.

All-Big East second team: wide receiver Brandon Coleman, running back Jawan Jamison and left tackle Kaleb Johnson.

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