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USF Bulls put Selvie, McKenzie on Big East first team

Defensive end George Selvie and linebacker Tyrone McKenzie represented USF as first-team selections to the All-Big East team, with four teammates earning second-team honors Wednesday.

Selvie, last year's Big East defensive player of the year, saw that honor go to Pittsburgh linebacker Scott McKillop, with Connecticut running back Donald Brown getting the offensive nod and Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard honored as the top special-teams player. Cincinnati's Brian Kelly repeated as coach of the year.

Guard Matt Huners, tackle Marc Dile, tight end Cedric Hill and safety Carlton Williams, all seniors, made the second team. McKenzie was one of six unanimous first-team selections.

SEC AWARDS: Conference coaches named Florida quarterback Tim Tebow the offensive player of the year and the top scholar-athlete. UF's Brandon James was named best special-teams player. Tennessee safety Eric Berry was top defensive player, Georgia receiver A.J. Green was freshman of the year, Mississippi offensive tackle Michael Oher was top blocker, and Alabama's Nick Saban, Mississippi's Houston Nutt and Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson tied for coach of the year.

LOMBARDI AWARD: Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo won the award given to the nation's top lineman or linebacker, the first Longhorn to take home the trophy in 24 years. He's the third Texas player to win it, and the first since offensive tackle Tony Degrate in 1984. Texas defensive tackle Kenneth Sims won it in 1981. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Orakpo already won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the top defensive player, and was the Big 12's defensive player of the year. He has 10.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.

UCF PLAYER RECOVERS: The family of Brandon Davis, who collapsed during training, says he's "fully recovered" and was given a clean bill of health by doctors. The freshman remains hospitalized after kidney failure.

Alabama State: The football program was placed on five years' probation by the NCAA and must forfeit all games won in the 2000 and 2001 seasons, including the 2001 Southwestern Athletic Conference championship. The NCAA found 17 rules violations from 1999-2003.

Arkansas: Tight end Andrew Davie won't be back for a fifth year in 2009. Davie, who will turn 26 in January, came to Arkansas after spending four years playing minor-league baseball for the Cardinals.

BUFFALO: The school granted permission to Auburn and Syracuse to interview coach Turner Gill for their openings.

PENN STATE: Pat Devlin plans to transfer, leaving the Nittany Lions short a backup quarterback for the Rose Bowl. It's not clear where the sophomore plans to go. He lost a preseason competition for the job to Daryll Clark.

Rutgers: The school said athletic director Robert E. Mulcahy will step down Dec. 31, though he said: "I was asked to resign. I have not offered my resignation." An independent committee appointed to review of the athletic program criticized Mulcahy and other officials for failing to exercise proper oversight.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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