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Top Performers in the Big East: Week 6


10. Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers

Rice had his second Mike Hart-esque game in as many weeks, carrying 34 times for 106 yards and a score in Rutgers' 28-23 loss to Cincinnati.

9. Gary Barnidge, TE, Louisville

One of many Cardinal receivers who stepped up with Harry Douglas and Mario Urrutia out, Barnidge caught eight passes for 93 yards and scored one touchdown.

8. Ben Mauk, QB, Cincinnati

Led UC to a huge win at Rutgers by tossing for 257 yards and three touchdowns, and adding 39 yards on the ground.

7. Trent Guy, WR, Louisville

Got the start and added snaps with Douglas out and Spillman suspended, and responded by finding the endzone twice and catching six balls for 69 yards.

6. Tim Brown, WR, Rutgers

Outperformed the more heralded Tiquan Underwood and Kenny Britt by hauling in seven catches and racking up 127 yards.

5. Matt Grothe, QB, South Florida

Had a below average day through the air going 17-of-27 for 122 yards, but added 121 yards and a touchdown on the ground as USF snuck by (or sneaked by, grammar Nazis) Florida Atlantic.

4. Pat Carter, WR, Louisville

Made nine catches for 154 yards and scored once in a losing effort.

3. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville

Continued to put up Colt Brennan numbers while playing for a team that envies Hawaii's defense. The senior went 39-of-58 for 467 yards with four touchdowns as his Louisville lost at home in back-to-back games for the first time since 1999.

2. Pat White, QB, West Virginia

Played just three and-a-half quarters against Syracuse, but still managed to account for 257 total yards and two touchdowns.

Offensive Player of the Week: Benjamin Williams, RB, South Florida

Williams established himself as the Bulls' go-to-back for the moment, carrying 25 times for 186 yards and a school-record tying four touchdowns as USF stayed unbeaten.


10. Tyrone McKenzie, LB, South Florida

Made nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and broke up a pass in South Florida's 35-23 win over Howard Schnellenberger U.

9. Keilen Dykes, DT, West Virginia

The big man intercepted a pass and rumbled 19 yards for a score as WVU rolled over hapless Syracuse.

8. Jamaal Westerman, DE, Rutgers

Westerman pressured Cincy QB Ben Mauk all night, and finished the game with six tackles, 1.5 TFL, one sack and one pass breakup.

7. Mike Holmes, CB, Syracuse

Holmes was the brightest spot in a nearly pitch black performance by the Orange defense, recording a team-high 13 tackles including eight solo.

6. Anthony Hoke, DE, Cincinnati

The senior notched ten tackles, two TFL, one sack and one pass breakup.

5. Johnny Dingle, DE, West Virginia

Dingle continued his stellar season by forcing two fumbles, making a tackle behind the line of scrimmage, and breaking up a pair of passes.

4. Ben Moffitt, LB, South Florida

USF's married man in the middle led the defense once again with ten tackles, 1.5 TFL and two pass breakups.

3. Lamar Myles, LB, Louisville

Myles continued to be the only saving grace of the U of L defense (like Jeremy Piven in Two for the Money) by making 16 tackles and forcing a fumble as the Cards fell to Utah.

2. Haruki Nakamura, S, Cincinnati

Nakamura was sensational against Rutgers, making nine tackles, one tackle for loss, and intercepting one Mike Teel pass.

Defensive Player of the Week: Ryan Manalac, LB, Cincinnati

Manalac led the league's most impressive defensive performance by making 11 tackles and snagging the game-sealing interception.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Kevin Huber, P, Cincinnati

Huber snatches the honor for the second time this season by averaging 51.5 yards on four punts, and sticking two inside the 20, including one at the Rutgers one-yard line.

Freshman of the Week: Mike Holmes, CB, Syracuse

Holmes led the team in tackles with 13 in his first career start, but also returned three kicks for 118 yards, including one for a career-long 64 yards.

Team of the Week: Cincinnati

Still a long way to go, but how screwed up would your mind get while watching the Bearcats play Oklahoma or USC on Jan. 2 or Jan. 3?

And now an updated look at your top overall performers through six weeks. The only change this week is that the tiebreaker has become the overall number of appearances on the list.


  1. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville (34 points)
  2. Pat White, QB, West Virginia (23 points)
  3. Harry Douglas, WR, Louisville (22 points)
  4. Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia (21 points)
  5. Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers (20 points)
  6. Tiquan Underwood, WR, Rutgers (19 points)
  7. LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh (15 points)
  8. Ben Mauk, QB, Cincinnati (14 points)
  9. Andre Dixon, RB, Connecticut (14 points)
  10. Matt Grothe, QB, South Florida (12 points)
  1. George Selvie, DE, South Florida (28 points)
  2. Lamar Myles, LB, Louisville (22 points)
  3. Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh (20 points)
  4. Haruki Nakamura, S, Cincinnati (19 points)
  5. Nate Allen, S, South Florida (19 points)
  6. Danny Lansanah, LB, Connecticut (18 points)
  7. Ben Moffitt, LB, South Florida (17 points)
  8. Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati (16 points)
  9. Johnny Dingle, DE, West Virginia (15 points)
  10. DeAngleo Smith, CB, Cincinnati (13 points)