Offensive Player of the Year: Mardy Gilyard; Cincy WR- Mardy was simply dynamite all season whether it be on a reception, kick return, or punt return. He's a big reason why the Bearcats completed a perfect 12-0 regular season and Tony Pike had the fantastic year that he had.
Defensive Player of the Year: Devin McCourty; Rutgers CB- McCourty was all over the field all year for the Scarlet Knights. He was a shut down corner, one prime example being Jonathan Baldwin's one catch for 17 yards vs Rutgers. He definitely helped the special teams, blocking three kicks, one punt, and forcing a muffed punt.
Breakout Player of the Year: Tony Pike; Cincy QB- At the beginning of the 2008 season, Pike was fighting for the third string spot. Eventually, he became the starter and was rock solid with 19 TD's and 11 picks. This year, in just nine games, he threw for 26 touchdowns and just six INT's. If not for a mid-season injury, he would have been a major Heisman candidate.
Freshman of the Year: Dion Lewis; Pitt RB- This award was no doubt going to Lewis. There aren't too many freshman who can say that they rushed for 1,640 yards (third most nationally) and 16 touchdowns (tied for 10th nationally). He is by far the best freshman in the conference and probably in the country.