Greene Named Defensive Player of the Year

Khaseem Greene

Rutgers fifth-year senior linebacker Khaseem Greene highlighted a day full of honors for the program by taking home Big East Defensive Player of the Year along with his first-team selection. Greene led the Rutgers defense to nine wins and is one of four first-team players defensively.

There will be no sharing for Khaseem Greene this year. A year after being named a co-player of the year in the Big East, Greene took home solo honors as the 2012 Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

Greene put up dominant statistics after deciding to return to Rutgers for his senior year instead of testing NFL waters. Leading the Big East in tackles, Greene made 125, including 10.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, two interceptions and a defensive touchdown.

Earlier in the year, Greene mentioned that sharing the honor as a junior was "horrible." This year, Greene stands alone as the best in the conference.

"Sharing the Big East player of the year, it was horrible," Greene said. "It was almost sickening."

Greene's top performances came in victories over Army and Syracuse.

Greene set a career high in tackles with 22 against the Black Knights and dominated the Orange defense with 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles.

Greene has 376 career tackles in his four seasons at Rutgers, with most coming after moving from safety to linebacker as a junior. He sits fifth on the all-time list at Rutgers but could climb as high as third – passing Courtney Greene and Brian Sheridan – with 14 tackles against Virginia Tech.

Greene received First Team All-Big East honors for the second straight year. He joins cornerback Logan Ryan, defensive tackle Scott Vallone, safety Duron Harmon and guard Antwan Lowery on the first team.

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