Joining the senior defensive end on the first team are senior outside linebacker Sio Moore and middle linebacker Yawin Smallwood, who will be a junior next season.
Two UConn offensive players made the second team: tight end Ryan Griffin and guard Adam Masters, both seniors. They were joined on the second team by cornerbacks Dwayne Gratz and Blidi Wreh-Wilson, both seniors. Senior Nick Williams was named to the second team as a return specialist.
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene — who led their teams to shares of the Big East championship — were offensive player of the year and defensive player of the year. Louisville coach Charlie Strong and Rutgers coach Kyle Flood were co-coaches of the year.
Trevardo Williams played sparingly in the season finale against Cincinnati because of an ankle injury, but he gave the Huskies all he had this season. He had 11.6 sacks to lead the team. His 0.96 sacks a game led the Big East and he will leave UConn as its all-time leader in sacks (30.5). He was a second team All-Conference pick last season.
Moore was second in the league in sacks per game with 0.67 and was also second on the team in sacks with eight. Moore, one of the Huskies' emotional leaders, was second in the league with an average of 1.29 tackles for loss a game, most on the Huskies.
Smallwood led the team in tackles with 120, third in the Big East. He had 15 tackles for loss, which was second on the team and third in the league per game, at 1.25. He will be counted on to lead the UConn defense in 2013.
Masters missed the final four games of the season with an ankle injury but he played three positions on the line for the Huskies, starting in 30 of 37 games. The Huskies sorely missed him down the stretch.
Griffin was a second-team pick last year, too, although his yards and touchdowns (29 catches, 484 yards, six touchdowns) were better this season. Griffin was consistently the Huskies' legitimate big-play threat and he turned one on in his final game at Rentschler Field Saturday, a 74-yard catch and run for a touchdown. Griffin's 116 career receptions ranks 10th all-time at Connecticut and are the second-most among tight ends, while his 1,500 yards are 12th overall and second for a tight end. For his career, Griffin caught 10 touchdown passes, which ties him for second among tight ends and his six this season also tie him for second in a season.
Gratz made the second team for the second consecutive year. He led the team with three interceptions, including a 37-yarder returned for a touchdown in the win over UMass.
Wreh-Wilson had one interception this season, but it was big, coming in the third overtime of the win at Louisville and setting up UConn's winning field goal. He had eight career interceptions.
On 21 punt returns, Nick Williams averaged 12 yards and scored two touchdowns this year, including an 80-yarder against Pitt and a 58-yarder at Maryland, both UConn victories. On kick returns, Williams ran back 24 for an average of 20.4, fourth in the league. In his career, he ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns.