Louisville defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin has been named the Big East's Defensive Player of the Week following his six tackle, two sack, three tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery performance against South Florida.
Mauldin's honor means the Cards have now had one player take home each league's POY awards (offensive, defensive, special teams).
The BIG EAST Conference has named Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova, Louisville defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin and Syracuse kicker Ross Krautman the winners of the league's weekly football honors for the week-ending Oct. 20.
Nova was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he led Rutgers to its eighth consecutive win and helped the Scarlet Knights improve to 4-0 in BIG EAST play with four second-half touchdown passes in a 35-10 win at Temple. Trailing 10-0 at halftime, Nova led a Scarlet Knight offense that scored 35 unanswered points to close the game. He completed 17 of 27 passes for 232 yards, helping Rutgers to just its third 7-0 start in program history and its second 4-0 start in BIG EAST play.
Mauldin was chosen as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after he helped Louisville remain unbeaten at 7-0 as the Cardinals scored a 27-25 win against USF to improve to 2-0 in BIG EAST play for just the second time. Mauldin had six tackles, including two sacks and three tackles for loss, to go with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry. His strip sack and fumble recovery came late in the first half and allowed Louisville to take a 14-3 lead into halftime.
Krautman, the BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week, scored 16 points - the most by a BIG EAST kicker in a game this season - to help Syracuse to a 40-10 win against Connecticut, improving the Orange to 2-1 in BIG EAST play. Krautman hit field goals of 22, 33, 42 and 47 yards and was 4-for-4 on PATs. He finished the game with 203 career points, tying Don McAulay for eighth on Syracuse's career chart.
Teddy "Honor Roll" Bridgewater and Preston Brown made appearances on the league's weekly honor roll.
In a related story, I was recently informed that Mauldin's nickname in high school was "Big Purp." I'm now completely on the fence as far as the whole "Quit Purpin'" debate is considered.