By Matt Sugam
While eight Rutgers players were on the All-Big East first and second teams, there was one glaring omission. Middle linebacker Steve Beauharnais.
It’s something that shocked his fellow linebacker Khaseem Greene.
“I’m very surprised. This is a guy who was a semifinalist for the [Chuck] Bednarik Award,” Greene said. “Just to see his production – not even this year because he had a great year this year, but his production over the four years that he’s been here it was very shocking to me that he didn’t make first or second team.”
And if you ask Greene feels he shouldn’t be on the second team.
“Not even second team. He didn’t make first team. I’m surprised he didn’t make first team,” Greene said. “I’m not being biased when I say this, but he’s a great football player and outside of football he’s a great person and a great leader. So I’m very shocked and surprised to see that he did not make the cut on either one of those teams.”
Either way, Beauharnais’ own teammates know his value to their defense.
“I know what he is,” Greene said. “Whether the papers say he’s a first team Big East guy we know what we got in our quarterback of the defense and he’s a leader.”
And to Greene, Beauharnais – who had 75 tackles, six tackles for a loss, a sack and an interception – isn’t just one of the best linebackers in the Big East. He’s one of the best linebackers in the country.
“If you ask me he’s an All-American and I’m not speaking biased. I’m speaking that from truth and the the heart. That’s just what I believe,” Greene said. “So it’s a shame to see him left off that list.”