Aug. 22, 2000
Five former Boston College football players have been named to the BIG EAST Conference 10th Anniversary team. Named to the squad from Boston College were offensive lineman Doug Brzezinski (1995-98), offensive lineman Pete Kendall (1992-95), tight end Pete Mitchell (1991-94), defensive lineman Chris Hovan (1996-99) and defensive lineman Mike Mamula (1993-94).
The five selections from Boston College were tied for second among league schools behind Miami with seven. West Virginia and Syracuse also had five each while Virginia Tech had four and Pittsburgh three.
Brzezinski was an anchor on the Boston College offensive line for four seasons as he started 46-straight games in his career. He earned first team all-BIG EAST in both his senior and junior years. He was a first team all-East pick after his senior year.
Kendall was a four-year starter for the Eagles on the offensive line and earned all-BIG EAST honors twice on the first team - in 1994 as a tackle and in 1995 as a guard. He was a two-time all-East pick.
Hovan was named first team all-BIG EAST for three consecutive years at Boston College and was a first team All-America pick in 1999 by the American Football Coaches Association and second team the Football Writers Association of America. He made a total of 245 tackles in his career and registered 20.5 sacks.
Mitchell earned all-BIG EAST first team honors as a tight end in his junior and senior seasons. He led Boston College in receptions for three seasons with 40 in 1992, 66 in 1993 and 55 in 1994. He was a consensus first team All-America pick in '94.
Mamula registered 13 sacks for Boston College in his final year of 1994 and was fourth on the team in tackles with 73. He was a first team all-BIG EAST pick in 1994.
Former Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb, the only three-time offensive player of the year in conference history, was picked the BIG EAST offensive player of the decade. Former Miami defensive tackle Warren Sapp was selected BIG EAST defensive player of the decade, while Kevin Johnson of Syracuse and Tremain Mack of Miami share the special teams honor. Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer was been picked as BIG EAST coach of the decade.
Voting was conducted among BIG EAST media members in anticipation of the 2000 season, the league's 10th year of football action.
BIG EAST FOOTBALL 10TH ANNIVERSARY HONORS
(as selected by BIG EAST media)
BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE DECADE
DONOVAN McNABB, SYRACUSE, Quarterback, 1995-98, Dolton, Ill./Mt. Carmel
BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE DECADE
WARREN SAPP, MIAMI, DT, 1992-94, Plymouth, Fla./Apopka
BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE DECADE
KEVIN JOHNSON, SYRACUSE, Kick Returner, 1995-98, Trenton, N.J./Hamilton West
TREMAIN MACK, MIAMI, Defensive Back/Punt Returner, 1994-96, Tyler, Texas/Chapel Hill
BIG EAST COACH OF THE DECADE
FRANK BEAMER, VIRGINIA TECH - Career Record: 130-83-4 (.608), 19 seasons
Record at Virginia Tech: 88-60-2, 13 seasons, Since '91: 71-34-1/40-15 BIG EAST
BIG EAST 10TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM
OFFENSE Years In
Pos. Player School BIG EASTHometown/High School/Junior College
WR Dietrich Jells Pittsburgh 1991-95 Erie, Pa./Tech Memorial
WR Marvin Harrison Syracuse 1992-95 Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic
WR Antonio Freeman Virginia Tech 1991-94 Baltimore, Md./Polytechnic
OL Doug Brzezinski Boston College 1995-98 Livonia, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central
OL Pete Kendall Boston College 1992-95 Weymouth, Mass./Archbishop Williams
OL Leon Searcy Miami 1991 Orlando, Fla./Maynard Evans
OL Reuben Brown Pittsburgh 1991-94 Lynchburg, Va./E.C. Glass
OL Jim Pyne Virginia Tech 1991-93 Milford, Mass./Milford/Choate-Rosemary Hall
TE Pete Mitchell Boston College 1991-94 Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice
QB Donovan McNabb Syracuse 1995-98 Dolton, Ill./Mt. Carmel
RB Edgerrin James Miami 1996-98 Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee
RB Amos Zereoue West Virginia 1996-98 Hempstead, N.Y./W.C. Mepham
PK Shayne Graham Virginia Tech 1996-99 Dublin, Va./Pulaski County
KR/PR Kevin Johnson Syracuse 1995-98 Trenton, N.J./Hamilton West
DL Chris Hovan Boston College 1996-99 Rocky River, Ohio/St. Ignatius
DL Mike Mamula Boston College 1993-94 Lackawanna, N.Y./Lackawanna Secondary
DL Warren Sapp** Miami 1992-94 Plymouth, Fla./Apopka
DL Corey Moore Virginia Tech 1997-99 Brownsville, Tenn./Haywood
DL Canute Curtis West Virginia 1993-96 Amityville, N.Y./Farmingdale
LB Micheal Barrow Miami 1991-92 Homestead, Fla./Homestead
LB Ray Lewis Miami 1993-95 Lakeland, Fla./Kathleen
LB Tom Tumulty Pittsburgh 1991, 93-95 Penn Hills, Pa./Penn Hills
LB Gary Stills West Virginia 1996-98 Trenton, N.J./Valley Forge Military Academy
CB Ryan McNeil Miami 1991-92 Fort Pierce, Fla./Westwood
CB Kevin Abrams Syracuse 1994-96 Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough
CB Aaron Beasley West Virginia 1992-95 Pottstown, Pa./Valley Forge
S Tremain Mack Miami 1994-96 Tyler, Texas/Chapel Hill
S Donovin Darius Syracuse 1994-97 Camden, N.J./Woodrow Wilson
P Todd Sauerbrun West Virginia 1991-94 Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville
** - unanimous selection
ties created an additional position at wide receiver, linebacker, defensive line and cornerback.