For the second time in Big South Conference history, a player has repeated as Big South Offensive Player of the Year. Liberty's Mike Brown had one of the most prolific season in Big South history and was honored today with the league's top offensive award. Last year, Brown became the first sophomore in league history to be named Big South Offensive Player of the Year. The versatile athlete finished the year with 698 receiving yards, 442 rushing yards and 427 passing yards, while scoring 13 times and passing for another four. This season, Brown took over as Liberty's full-time quarterback and turned in one of the most impressive seasons in program history. The junior finished the year ranked No. 1 in the country in total offense, averaging 346.36 total offensive yards per game. He was Liberty's leading rusher and passer, as he ran for 854 yards and passed for another 2,956 yards. He was responsible for 32 of the team's 47 touchdowns (68.1 percent) and finished his season ranked No. 5 nationally in points responsible for (17.45 per game). His 3,810 total offensive yards shattered Liberty's previous record of 3,127 yards set by Phil Basso on 1984. The Walter Payton Award finalist also finished the year ranked No. 9 in passing yards per game (268.73) and No. 8 in total passing yards and passing efficiency (149.63). Brown was named Big South Offensive Player of the Week five times during the season, setting a new conference record. He received 18 first-place votes and 37 points, ahead of runner-up Zach MacDowall (Coastal Carolina), who received one first-place vote and 12 points. Coastal Carolina's linebacker Andrae Jacobs was named Big South Defensive Player of the Year, while the Chanticleers' David Bennett was tabbed the league's Coach of the Year. Gardner-Webb's defensive lineman Preston Pemasa was named Freshman of the Year and Stony Brook quarterback Michael Coulter rounded out the major award winners by being named Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Liberty also dominated the all-conference teams, posting more all-conference selections than any other program in the league for the fifth year in a row. The Flames garnered 13 all-conference selections this year, including nine first-team honorees. Coastal Carolina and Stony Brook finished next with five first-team all-conference selections.
2010 Big South All-Conference Teams First-Team All-Conference OFFENSE QB - Mike Brown, R-Jr., Liberty RB - Miguel Maysonet, So., Stony Brook RB - Brock Jackolski, Jr., Stony Brook WR - Chris Summers, R-Jr., Liberty WR - Gerald Stevenson, Sr., Charleston Southern WR - James Perry III, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb TE - David Duran, R-Jr., Coastal Carolina OL - Paul Fenaroli, Sr., Stony Brook OL - Alex Stadler, R-Sr., Liberty OL - Corey O'Daniel, Sr., Gardner-Webb OL - Justin Vargas, R-Sr., Liberty OL - Brian Crew, Sr., Stony Brook DEFENSE DL - Preston Pemasa, Fr., Gardner-Webb DL - Terry Adams, R-Sr., Liberty DL - Josh Wine, Sr., VMI DL - Asa Chapman, Jr., Liberty LB - Andrae Jacobs, So., Coastal Carolina LB - A.J. Gross, R-Jr., VMI LB - Kyle O'Donnell, R-Sr., Liberty LB - Chris Patrick, R-Sr., Charleston Southern DB - Arin West, Sr., Stony Brook DB - Josh Norman, Jr., Coastal Carolina DB - Charles James, R-So., Charleston Southern DB - Dominique Davenport, R-Sr., Coastal Carolina SPECIAL TEAMS PK - Matt Bevins, Jr., Liberty P - Mike Larsson, Jr., Liberty LS - Daniel Bonifas, R-Sr., Coastal Carolina KR - Gerald Stevenson, Sr., Charleston Southern PR - Michael Rainey-Wiles, Sr., VMI Second-Team All-Conference OFFENSE QB - Zach MacDowall, R-Sr., Coastal Carolina RB - Eric O'Neal, Sr., Coastal Carolina RB - Patrick Hall, Sr., Gardner-Webb (tie) RB - Trandon Dendy, R-Sr., Presbyterian College (tie) WR - Matt Brevi, Jr., Stony Brook WR - Brandon Whitley, R-Sr., Coastal Carolina WR - B.J. Hayes, R-Jr., Liberty TE - Josh Miller, Sr., Gardner-Webb OL - Seth Smalls, Sr., Coastal Carolina OL - Jordan Lancaster, R-Sr., Charleston Southern OL - Soeren Wendland, R-Sr., Liberty OL - Jamey Cheatwood, R-Fr., Coastal Carolina OL - Jamie Dunaway, Soph., Gardner-Webb DEFENSE DL - Damiso Alexander, R-Sr., VMI DL - Kent Harper, Sr., Coastal Carolina DL - Patrick Bannon, Sr., Liberty DL - Joel Walton, Sr., Charleston Southern LB - Craig Richardson, So., Stony Brook LB - Jeffery Williams, Sr., Gardner-Webb LB - Derek Brown, Sr., Presbyterian College LB - Doncel Bolt, Sr., Liberty DB - Cedric McDowan, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb DB - Justin Bethel, Jr., Presbyterian College DB - Byron Allen, R-Jr., VMI DB - Bryce Nixon, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb SPECIAL TEAMS PK - Wesley Skiffington, R-So., Stony Brook P - Patrick Morgano, So., Presbyterian College LS - Hudson Smith, Fr., Gardner-Webb KR - Brock Jackolski, Jr., Stony Brook PR - Niccolo Mastromatteo, Fr., Coastal Carolina ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM Brad Sweatt, So., LB, Charleston Southern Marcus Lott, Jr., DB, Coastal Carolina Dami Teniola, Sr., LB, Gardner-Webb Matt Bevins, Jr., K, Liberty Myron Gary, Sr., QB, Presbyterian College Michael Coulter, Jr., QB, Stony Brook Chaz Jones, Jr., RB, VMI
Offensive Player of the Year Mike Brown, R-Jr., QB, Liberty Defensive Player of the Year Andrae Jacobs, So., LB, Coastal Carolina Freshman of the Year Preston Pemasa, DL, Gardner-Webb Coach of the Year David Bennett, Coastal Carolina Scholar-Athlete of the Year Michael Coulter, Jr., QB, Stony Brook
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