Top Performers in the Big East: Week 10

OFFENSE

10. Carlton Mitchell, WR, South Florida

Mitchell hauled in seven passes for 110 yards as USF dropped its third straight since being ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings.

9. Tyler Lorenzen, QB, Connecticut

Lorenzen again did enough to get the job done for the Big East front-runners, completing 10-of-21 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns, and carrying five times for 67 yards.

8. Mike Williams, WR, Syracuse

Williams played a major role in the 'Cuse's second half offensive mini-renaissance, making eight catches for 81 yards with a touchdown.

7. Tiquan Underwood, WR, Rutgers

Underwood continued his stellar sophomore season by catching 11 balls for 114 yards in Rutgers' bizarre 511-yard, one-turnover, 19-point loss to Connecticut.

6. Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers

Though his touches were limited as the Scarlet Knights tried to play catch-up for much of the second half, Rice still finished the game with 117 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

5. Taj Smith, WR, Syracuse

Smith acted like he was playing Louisville, catching six passes for 109 yards and a touchdown as Syracuse fell to Pitt 20-17.

4. Cameron Dantley, QB, Syracuse

Came off the bench and went 15-of-27 for 189 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the second half.

3. Ben Mauk, QB, Cincinnati

Mauk completed only 13-of-31 passes for 162 yards, but threw for three touchdowns and also carried the ball seven times for 75 yards.

2. LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh

Became the first Pitt freshman to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in a season by rushing for 140 yards and a TD in the Panthers' 20-17 win over Syracuse. McCoy leads all D-I freshmen in rushing at 118.3 yards per game.

Offensive Player of the Week: Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut

Brown finally broke out of his season-long sophomore slump, carrying 24 times for 154 yards and one touchdown as the Huskies rolled to 8-1.

DEFENSE

10. Dahna Deleston, S, Connecticut

Tied for the team lead in tackles, making 13 for the second consecutive week.

9. Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh

Once again led Pitt in tackles with 12, and also notched half-a-sack.

8. Tyvon Branch, CB, Connecticut

The senior had a big day on special teams, but also got the job done on D where he tied for the team-high in tackles with 13 and broke up a pass.

7. Kevin Malast, LB, Rutgers

Led the Scarlet Knights in tackles with 12, including two behind the line of scrimmage.

6. Jake Flaherty, LB, Syracuse

Made a team-high 11 tackles, two tackles for loss, and one sack as the Orange fell to Pitt.

5. Trae Williams, CB, South Florida

Didn't record a tackle, but did intercept a Ben Mauk pass and return it 73 yards for a touchdown.

4. Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinanti

Made two tackles, but did most of his damage on a 77-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter.

3. Joe Clermond, DE, Pittsburgh

The Panther standout made seven tackles, 2.5 sacks and forced a fumble.

2. George Selvie, DE, South Florida

Selvie made seven tackles, forced a fumble, and broke the Big East single-season record for tackles for loss by making four.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Haruki Nakamura, S, Cincinnati

Led UC to victory by making 11 tackles, intercepting a pass, and forcing two fumbles.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Tyvon Branch, KR, Connecticut

Branch set a Uconn record with 184 yards on four kickoff returns, including a 97-yard return for a touchdown as the Huskies thumped Rutgers 38-19.

Freshman of the Week: LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh

Yet again.

Team of the Week: Connecticut

Just about everyone is waiting for this madness to end, but the Huskies refuse to adhere to conventional wisdom.


And now an updated look at your top overall performers through ten weeks. The tiebreaker, as always, is total number of appearances on the list.

OFFENSE

  1. Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers (48 points)
  2. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville (48 points)
  3. LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh (41 points)
  4. Matt Grothe, QB, South Florida (35 points)
  5. Pat White, QB, West Virginia (34 points)
  6. Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia (33 points)
  7. Tiquan Underwood, WR, Rutgers (32 points)
  8. Andre Dixon, RB, Connecticut (31 points)
  9. Harry Douglas, WR, Louisville (25 points)
  10. Ben Mauk, QB, Cincinnati (23 points)
DEFENSE
  1. George Selvie, DE, South Florida (50 points)
  2. Danny Lansanah, LB, Connecticut (35 points)
  3. Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh (34 points)
  4. Haruki Nakamura, S, Cincinnati (29 points)
  5. Lamar Myles, LB, Louisville (26 points)
  6. Ben Moffitt, LB, South Florida (23 points)
  7. Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati (23 points)
  8. Scott Lutrus, LB, Connecticut (22 points)
  9. Mortty Ivy, LB, West Virginia (19 points)
  10. Nate Allen, S, South Florida (19 points)
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