Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene — who led their respective teams to shares of the Big East championship – have been named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, by the league’s eight head coaches.
Temple had two individual award winners as running back Matt Brown was chosen Big East Special Teams Player of the Year and linebacker Tyler Matakevich was named Big East Rookie of the Year.
Matakevich, a Stratford native and three-time All-State performer at St. Joseph High in Trumbull, became the first Temple player to be named Big East Rookie of the Year.
Matakevich tweeted: Big East Rookie of the Year…Truly blessed…Gotta keep working getting better everday…hard work and determination is all you need.
The true freshman did not make his first start until Temple’s fourth game of the season, yet he finished fourth in the Big East in tackles, registering 101 stops. He had at least 10 tackles in six games, including in each of his first five career starts.
Matakevich also had two fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and three tackles for loss during the 2012 season.