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Top Performers in the Big East: Week 8

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OFFENSE

10. Ben Mauk, QB, Cincinnati

Mauk completed 21 passes for 237 yards and rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown as Cincinnati lost for the second straight week.

9. Pat White, QB, West Virginia

White accumulated just 61 yards through the air, but passed for two TD's and rushed for 94 yards and another.

8. LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Pittsburgh

Plagued by injuries and overshadowed by freshman sensation LeSean McCoy for much of the season, Stephens-Howling busted out for 100 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries as Pitt upended Cincinnati.

7. LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh

McCoy continued his tremendous debut season by rushing 25 times for 137 yards.

6. Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia

Slaton rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries as West Virginia rolled over Mississippi State.

5. Mike Williams, WR, Syracuse

The exciting sophomore hauled in seven passes for 113 yards and a score as the Orange toppled Buffalo to pick up win number two.

4. Andre Dixon, RB, Connecticut

Dixon carried 22 times for 118 yards and a score, and also caught three balls for 55 yards as Connecticut improved to 2-0 in the Big East by knocking off Louisville.

3. Tiquan Underwood, WR, Rutgers

Underwood continued his march towards all-conference honors by making five catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns on Thursday night.

2. Matt Grothe, QB, South Florida

Grothe did all he could to keep his team unbeaten, accounting for 365 yards of total offense and two touchdowns.

Offensive Player of the Week: Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers

Though his consecutive games with a touchdown streak was snapped, and he did fumble fairly late in the game, Rice kept his team alive in the Big East title race by carrying 39 times for 181 yards as Rutgers became the first team to defeat South Florida in 2007.

DEFENSE

10. Ryan Manalac, LB, Cincinnati

Notched 11 tackles and one TFL in UC's 24-17 loss to Pitt.

9. Earl Heyman, DT, Lousiville

Heyman becomes the first Cardinal defender not named Lamar Myles to make the list after recording .5 TFL and returning a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown against Uconn.

8. Jamaal Westerman, DE, Rutgers

Westerman continued to be a pass rushing machine, recording four tackles and two sacks in his team's win over South Florida.

7. Courtney Greene, S, Rutgers

Greene led the Scarlet Knights with ten tackles, including one sack. He also broke up a Grothe pass.

6. Arthur Jones, DT, Syracuse

The sophomore defensive tackle made eight tackles and four tackles for loss in Syracuse's 20-12 victory over Buffalo.

5. Ben Moffitt, LB, South Florida

Moffitt made ten tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, recovered a fumble and broke up a pass as USF fell to Rutgers.

4. Tyrone McKenzie, LB, South Florida

McKenzie led the Bulls with 11 tackles, including 1.5 TFL, and a sack.

3. Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh

McKillop again led the Panthers with 16 tackles, and .5 TFL.

2. Danny Lansanah, LB, Connecticut

Lansanah recorded 11 tackles, .5 TFL, a pass breakup, and intercepted a Brian Brohm pass as the Huskies upset Louisville.

Defensive Player of the Week: Scott Lutrus, LB, Connecticut

Lutrus led the most impressive defensive effort of the week by making a team-best 18 tackles, one TFL and intercepting a pass as Connecticut moved to 6-1.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Connor Lee, K, Pittsburgh

Lee connected on field goals of 41, 37 and 25 yards to help Pitt pick up its first conference win. If you thought for a second that I was going to give this to Larry Taylor then you were sadly mistaken.  

Freshman of the Week: Scott Lutrus, LB, Connecticut

With Lutrus and Lawrence Wilson, it certainly looks like Uconn is set at the linebacker position for the next three years.

Team of the Week: Rutgers

Likely ruined the best chance for a Big East team to play for the national title, but kept themselves in the hunt for the conference title.


And now an updated look at your top overall performers through eight weeks. Again, the tiebreaker is overall number of appearances on the list.

Keep in mind that Brian Brohm still has a bye week left, while Rice, White, Slaton, etc. do not.

OFFENSE

  1. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville (43 points)
  2. Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers (37 points)
  3. Matt Grothe, QB, South Florida (31 points)
  4. Tiquan Underwood, WR, Rutgers (27 points)
  5. Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia (26 points)
  6. Pat White, QB, West Virginia (25 points)
  7. LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh (24 points)
  8. Harry Douglas, WR, Louisville (22 points)
  9. Andre Dixon, RB, Connecticut (21 points)
  10. Dominick Goodman, WR, Cincinnati (16 points)
DEFENSE
  1. George Selvie, DE, South Florida (37 points)
  2. Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh (32 points)
  3. Danny Lansanah, LB, Connecticut (27 points)
  4. Ben Moffitt, LB, South Florida (23 points)
  5. Lamar Myles, LB, Louisville (23 points)
  6. Haruki Nakamura, S, Cincinnati (19 points)
  7. Nate Allen, S, South Florida (19 points)
  8. Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut (18 points)
  9. Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati (16 points)
  10. Johnny Dingle, DE, West Virginia (15 points)