Khaseem Greene

Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene (20) plays in the NCAA football game between Rutgers and Pittsburgh on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 in Pittsburgh.

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Rutgers senior linebacker Khaseem Greene was named the 2012 Big East Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday for the second straight season, while Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood shared the conference's Coach of the Year award with Louisville's Charlie Strong.

Greene is the second player in Big East history to win the Defensive Player of the Year award in consecutive seasons, joining Corey Moore of Virginia Tech (1998, 1999).

Flood directed Rutgers to its first Big East championship in 2012 as the Scarlet Knights finished the regular season 9-3 overall and 5-2 in the conference. Flood's nine victories are the most in school history by a first-year head coach.

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Greene was a unanimous All-Big East selection on defense as the conference defensive player of the year. Greene finished the regular season with 125 tackles and six forced fumbles to lead the nation's No. 4 ranked scoring defense.

Joining Greene on the conference first team are junior offensive lineman Antwan Lowery, senior defensive lineman Scott Vallone, junior cornerback Logan Ryan and senior safety Duron Harmon.

Lowery blocked for an offensive line that produced just the third 1,000-yard Scarlet Knight rusher since 1976. In his final season, Vallone set a career best with 12.5 tackles-for-loss among 50 total tackles.

Ryan is second on the team with 87 tackles. Harmon set a career high with five pass breakups this season.

For the first time, Rutgers had three players named to the conference second team - sophomore running back Jawan Jamison, sophomore offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson and sophomore wide receiver Brandon Coleman.

Johnson helped block for Jamison, who rushed for 1,054 yards and four touchdowns on 242 attempts.

Coleman's 10 receiving touchdowns in 2012 tied the single-season school record.

Rutgers finishes the 2012 season with its seventh bowl appearance in the last eight years at the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando on Dec. 28 against Virginia Tech.

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