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2010 Season Superlatives Part III - Unsung Heroes, FR & Coach of the Year

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2010 Season Superlatives Part III - Unsung Heroes, FR & Coach of the Year

Unsung Hero

For a guy who often bailed the offense out in many situations and won the game of field position, punter Mickey Groody hasn't been given enough credit. Groody led the conference with his 45.80 yard average and finished sixth nationally with that mark. His 73-yard boot against FIU was a school-record and his 72-yard kick versus Troy almost broke it. Without the junior, the defense would have been put in a lot more difficult scenarios, and FAU’s special teams would have been even more of a sore spot.

Unsung Hero Part II

Instead of listing others considered for the “Unsung Hero” category, safety Ed Alexander is going to get just as much recognition. FAU’s pass defense went from a disaster in 2009 to a respectable area in 2010, and Alexander was a key contributor. Many people didn’t value the experience the senior had brought to the table with 34 career starts until he was injured in the Texas game and missed the following week as well. In the contests he was held out, opponents passed for 421-yards and four touchdowns, which was one of the worst spans all season long. Alexander isn’t a player who will get a lot of credit but he proved to be vital to the secondary.

Unsung Hero Part III

The Marching Owls. Is there a group that promotes more Esprit De Corp during a game day? Enough said.

Freshman of the Year

Not often do freshmen have a chance to play and make an impact in their first season with FAU, but defensive end Cory Henry did. The spring-enrollee climbed his way up the depth chart throughout the season and by the end of it had notched four starts. Finishing with a team-leading five sacks and three quarterback hurries, Henry became the defense’s primary pass rusher in his true freshman campaign.

Others considered: Linebacker Randell Johnson (41 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, 1 sack), Corner Keith Reaser (26 tackles 1 INT)

Assistant Coach of the Year

It was Kurt Van Valkenburgh’s first year in his new role as the defensive coordinator, and for a man who was asked to fix one of the conferences worst defenses, he fared well enough. FAU’s defense showed signs of life throughout the season, and improved its passing defense which had plagued all of last year. Although he did surrender a lot of yards and points to some opponents, it was often the defense that kept the team in games.

Others considered: Wide receivers coach Jarred Allen, Secondary coach Dick Hopkins

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Re: 2010 Season Superlatives Part III - Unsung Heroes, FR & Coach of the Year

Guess Mr Steele saw it the same way…….

Cory Henry, a Florida Atlantic University defensive lineman, has been named to Phil Steele’s Magazine’s Postseason All-Freshman Team.

Henry played in every game during the 2010 season for the Owls and drew four starts as a true freshman. The Miami Gardens product had a team-leading five sacks. His eight tackles for a loss lists in a tie for No. 16 among Sun Belt Conference (SBC) members and he is the only freshman to be listed. He is also tied for eighth in sacks and is the only freshman in the SBC’s top-10 in sacks.

Henry, a member of Steele’s fourth team, is the only SBC defensive player and was one of two on either offense or defense.

Henry is projected to help anchor a defensive line in 2011 that will return only two out of nine seniors who consistently rotated during the 2010 season.

Source: www.fausports.com
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Re: 2010 Season Superlatives Part III - Unsung Heroes, FR & Coach of the Year

The DL has been underperforming for years, hopefully that trend can change.  Its hard for smaller schools to recruit the good DT's.

Teambeer is the most knowledgeable FAU sports fan I know, way smarter than me.
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