Senior defensive lineman Dan Klecko was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year yesterday.
Klecko, 6 foot 1 and 276 pounds, led the conference in sacks (10) and is the first Temple player to win the award.
The head coaches across the league who voted were Larry Coker of Miami, Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech, Paul Pasqualoni of Syracuse, Pittsburgh’s Walt Harris and Boston College’s Tom O’Brien.
In the Owls 4-8 campaign, Klecko registered 22.5 tackles for a loss, 68 tackles, 21 quarterback hurries and four forced fumbles and helped the Temple defense to 17th in total defense across the country.
With the award, Klecko put a seal on an illustrious career and will next try his luck in the NFL Draft, where many believe he is a sure pick.