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Top Performers in the Big East: Week 13

OFFENSE

10. Matt Grothe, QB, South Florida

Accounted for 226 total yards and scored on an 80-yard touchdown run as South Florida topped Pitt.

9. Taj Smith, WR, Syracuse

Appears on the list for the third time after catching five passes for 126 yards and finding the endzone once.

8. Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut

The sophomore was one of the few bright spot for the Huskies, rushing for 129 yards and a score on 22 carries in a blowout loss to West Virginia.

7. Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia

The dazzling freshman went off for 118 yards and one touchdown on just 11 carries as the Mountaineers clinched a BCS birth.

6. LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh

Set the Pitt single-season freshman records for rushing touchdowns and scoring by finding the endzone three times on a day where he accounted for 138 all-purpose yards.

5. Andrew Robinson, QB, Syracuse

Threw for 419 yards and three touchdowns in a shootout loss to Cincinnati.

4. Mike Williams, WR, Syracuse

Williams continued his sensational sophomore season by making nine catches for 160 yards and a score against Cincinnati.

3. Pat White, QB, West Virginia

White continued his push towards conference POY honors by rushing for 186 yards, throwing for 107 more, and accounting for three total touchdowns.

2. Marcus Barnett, WR, Cincinnati

Barnett had a career day, making 11 catches for 127 yards with three touchdowns.

Offensive Player of the Week: Ben Mauk, QB, Cincinnati

Mauk went 29-of-42 and threw for a career-high 431 yards, threw four touchdown passes and rushed for another as UC topped Syracuse 52-31.

DEFENSE

10. Haruki Nakamura, S, Cincinnati

Nakamura led UC in tackles with nine, and notched one of 11 Bearcat sacks.

9.Danny Lansanah, LB, Connecticut

Uconn's senior defensive captain made seven tackles, two tackles for loss, and intercepted a Pat White pass.

8. Ben Moffitt, LB, South Florida

Made ten tackles and returned an interception 60-yards in USF's wild win over Pitt.

7. Joe Clermond, DE, Pittsburgh

Made four tackles, two sacks, recovered a fumble, and was credited with three hits on USF QB Matt Grothe.

6. Tyrone McKenzie, LB, South Florida

Made a team-best 18 tackles, one TFL, and .5 sack in the Bulls' win over Pitt.

5. Lamonte Nelms, DE, Cincinnati

Was credited with six tackles and three sacks in Cincy's win over Syracuse.

4. Anthony Hoke, DE, Cincinnati

Refusing to be one-upped by his fellow defensive end, Hoke made an identical six tackles and three sacks against Syracuse.

3. Trae Williams, CB, South Florida

Made six tackles, .5 sack, and returned an interception 21-yards for his third touchdown of the season.

2. Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh

Again led Pitt in tackles with 18, and made three tackles for loss and forced a fumble.

Defensive Player of the Week: Mortty Ivy, LB, West Virginia

Ivy made 11 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks, and forced a fumble that led to a West Virginia touchdown as the Mountaineers humiliated Connecticut and moved one step closer to a birth in the national title game.

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

McAfee snags the honor once again after going 8-for-8 on extra points, connecting on a 46-yard field goal, and averaging 52.7 yards on three punts.

Freshman of the Week: LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh

The safe bet to take home just about everyone's Big East Freshman of the Year award gets the nod once more.

Team of the Week: West Virginia

Easiest pick of the season.


And now an updated look at your top overall performers through 13 weeks. The tiebreaker, as always, is total number of appearances on the list.

Just two games left to be played, so the moving and shaking from here on out will be limited, but still highly important as far as the final standings go.

OFFENSE

  1. Pat White, QB, West Virginia (61 points)
  2. Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers (59 points)
  3. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville (50 points)
  4. Matt Grothe, QB, South Florida (48 points)
  5. Ben Mauk, QB, Cincinnati (48 points)
  6. LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh (46 points)
  7. Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia (35 points)
  8. Tiquan Underwood, WR, Rutgers (32 points)
  9. Marcus Barnett, WR, Cincinnati (31 points)
  10. Andre Dixon, RB, Connecticut (31 points)
DEFENSE
  1. George Selvie, DE, South Florida (57 points)
  2. Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh (53 points)
  3. Danny Lansanah, LB, Connecticut (49 points)
  4. Lamar Myles, LB, Louisville (34 points)
  5. Haruki Nakamura, S, Cincinnati (31 points)
  6. Mortty Ivy, LB, West Virginia (29 points)
  7. Ben Moffitt, LB, South Florida (26 points)
  8. Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati (23 points)
  9. Scott Lutrus, LB, Connecticut (22 points)
  10. Anthony Hoke, DE, Cincinnati (21 points)