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Top Performers in the Big East: Week 12

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Lots of big names doin' lots of big thangs.

Again, I just found out about the changing "i" to "a" fad, so I'm trying to play catch-up.

OFFENSE

10. Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut

The sophomore carried 22 times for 99 yards and a touchdown as Uconn blew past Syracuse.

9. Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia

Slaton continued his relatively quiet season by carrying 23 times for 103 yards and a score as WVU kept its national title hopes alive.

8. Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers

Rice rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries as Rutgers locked up a Big East bowl bid by beating Pitt.

7. Harry Douglas, WR, Louisville

Douglas caught eight balls for 136 yards and a score in a humiliating loss to South Florida.

6. Tyler Lorenzen, QB, Connecticut

Lorenzen was solid once again, completing 16-of-24 passes for 213 yards with a touchdown as Connecticut improved to 9-2.

5. Ben Mauk, QB, Cincinnati

Mauk threw for 323 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and also led UC in rushing yards with 52.

4. Matt Grothe, QB, South Florida

Grothe went 17-of-23 through the air for 194 yards and two touchdowns, and carried 12 times for 67 yards and another score.

3. Mike Ford, RB, South Florida

Ford became the first USF freshman to rush for 100 yards in back-to-back weeks by carrying 24 times for 140 yards and two scores as the Bulls rolled over Louisville.

2. Pat White, QB, West Virginia

Led the Mountaineers in rushing once again with 155 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries, and threw for another 140 yards.

Offensive Player of the Week: Marcus Barnett, WR, Cincinnati

Barnett had a career day, catching ten passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns as Cincinnati fell to West Virginia.

DEFENSE

10. Haruki Nakaumura, S, Cincinnati

Haruki "Hiro" Nakamura led Cincinnati in tackles with 10, and also broke up a Pat White pass.

9. Kevin Malast, LB, Rutgers

Malast led the Scarlet Knights in tackles with 11, and recorded one sack.

8. Lamar Myles, LB, Louisville

His 14 tackles again led the Cards, and he also recorded two tackles for loss.

7. Johnny Dingle, DE, West Virginia

Dingle made five tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack and broke up a pass.

6. Deon Palmer, S, Louisville

Palmer did his best to slow down South Florida, making nine tackles, three TFL, and two sacks.

5. Jake Flaherty, LB, Syracuse

Flaherty continued his solid season for the lowly Orange, notching a team-best 15 tackles and one TFL.

4. Jerome Murphy, DB, South Florida

Murphy made four tackles, broke up a pass, forced a fumble and intercepted a Brian Brohm pass as USF won its eighth game of the season.

3. Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

McCourty finds the list for the second time after making four tackles, recovering a fumble, and intercepting the game-sealing pass in his own endzone late in the fourth quarter against Pittsburgh.

2. Danny Lansanah, LB, Connecticut

Uconn's man in the middle made seven tackles, broke up a pass, and returned an interception 49-yards for a touchdown as the Huskies rolled.

Defensive Player of the Week: Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh

McKillop did just about everything a linebacker can do in his team's loss to Rutgers, making a game-high 16 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, forcing a fumble, recovering two fumbles, braking up two passes, and intercepting another pass.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Pat McAfee, K/P, West Virginia

McAfee earns the honor for the second time this season after making four extra points and averaging 49 yards on three punts with a long of 71.

Freshman of the Week: Mike Ford, RB, South Florida

Ford earns the honor for the second time in as many weeks and for the third time this season.

Team of the Week: Rutgers

It wasn't pretty, but their win over Pitt coupled with Louisville's loss to South Florida ensures that the Scarlet Knights will claim one of the Big East's five bowl bids.


And now an updated look at your top overall performers through 12 weeks. The tiebreaker, as always, is total number of appearances on the list.

Just one game left for all but two teams in the league. If you're going to make a move it's now or never.

OFFENSE

  1. Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers (59 points)
  2. Pat White, QB, West Virginia (53 points)
  3. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville (50 points)
  4. Matt Grothe, QB, South Florida (47 points)
  5. LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh (41 points)
  6. Ben Mauk, QB, Cincinnati (38 points)
  7. Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia (35 points)
  8. Tiquan Underwood, WR, Rutgers (32 points)
  9. Andre Dixon, RB, Connecticut (31 points)
  10. Harry Douglas, WR, Louisville (29 points)
DEFENSE
  1. George Selvie, DE, South Florida (57 points)
  2. Danny Lansanah, LB, Connecticut (47 points)
  3. Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh (44 points)
  4. Lamar Myles, LB, Louisville (34 points)
  5. Haruki Nakamura, S, Cincinnati (30 points)
  6. Ben Moffitt, LB, South Florida (23 points)
  7. Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati (23 points)
  8. Scott Lutrus, LB, Connecticut (22 points)
  9. Johnny Dingle, DE, West Virginia (19 points)
  10. Mortty Ivy, LB, West Virginia (19 points)