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Big East Top Performers: Week One

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OFFENSE

10. Ben Mauk, QB, Cincinnati

The Wake Forest transfer began his first and last season as the Bearcat signal caller by hitting on 18 of 27 passes for 244 yards and two scores.

9. Mike Ford, RB, South Florida

Ford made the most of limited opportunities in his collegiate debut, rushing for 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just six carries. He also caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Matt Grothe.

8. Harry Douglas, WR, Louisville

Douglas scored on Louisville's first offensive plays of the game and the second half on his way to racking up 151 yards on five catches. It was the fourth consecutive game Douglas has gone over the 100-yard mark.

7. Mike Teel, QB, Rutgers

Teel opened a season in which there's a great deal of pressure on him by throwing for a career-best 328 yards and two touchdowns.

6. Tyler Lorenzen, QB, Connecticut

Lorenzen woke up the echoes of the Dan Orlovsky era in Storrs by going 22 of 30 for 298 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his Husky debut.

5. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville

Brohm broke his own school record for passing efficiency by connecting on 16 of 21 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns. He found the endzone once more on the ground.

4. Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia

Slaton began his Heisman campaign by scampering for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. He also garnered 61 yards and another touchdown through the air.

3. Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers

Rice picked up right where he left on 2006, rushing for 187 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries as the Scarlet Knights ripped Buffalo.

2. Pat White, QB, West Virginia

White was sensational on the ground and through the air, accounting for 290 total yards and four touchdowns.

Offensive Player of the Week: Tiquan Underwood, WR, Rutgers

The junior made ten total catches - including two for touchdowns - and his 248 yards of receiving set a school record. Underwood totaled just 290 yards all of last season.

DEFENSE

10. A.J. Brown, S, Syracuse

The old football adage is (we need some new football adages) that when a defensive back is your leading tackler, it's usually not a good sign. Such was the case on Friday when Brown led the blown-out Orange with eight.

9. Haruki Nakamura, S, Cincinnati

The word this preseason was that Nakamura was going to have an increased role in the new Cincinnati defense, and after one game it appears that wasn't a lie. The senior strong safety notched eight tackles and recorded half a sack.

8. Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh

The middle linebacker took the first step towards filling the enormous shoes of H.B. Blades by recording a team-best eight tackles, a sack, and a deflected pass.

7. Mortty Ivy, LB, West Virginia

Making his first start at weakside linebacker, Ivy led the team in tackles with ten, and recorded one sack and two tackles for loss.

6. Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut

Filling in for the injured Ryan Henegan, the redshirt freshman racked up ten tackles from his weakside linebacker position.

5. Cody Brown, DE, Connecticut

The junior defensive end earned a game ball for recording six tackles, two sacks, and a blocked punt.

4. Kevin Malast, LB, Rutgers

Playing on the opposite side of the more heralded Brandon Renkart, Malast led the team in tackles on opening day with ten.

3. Danny Lansanah, LB, Connecticut

Uconn's leading tackler two years running, Lansanah equaled Wilson's total of ten tackles, and recorded 1.5 behind the line of scrimmage for good measure.  

2. Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati

The highly-talented Mickens picked off two passes in the Bearcats' Thursday night opener, returning the second 45-yards for a touchdown. He recorded six tackles, and was the main reason Southeast Missouri State could only net 87 yards through the air.

Defensive Player of the Week: George Selvie, DE, South Florida

Big George set a school record with six tackles for loss, and tied the school record for sacks by racking up four. He finished the game with ten total tackles, and also forced a fumble.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Dave Brytus, P, Pittsburgh

The Big East is a conference sorely lacking quality punters, and Brytus took a big step towards establishing himself as the league's best by averaging 45.4 yards on five punts. He finished the day with a long of 56.

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

Probably not the last time he'll see his name in this spot.

Team of the Week: Connecticut

Sure beating Duke is nothing to write home (and ask for money) about, but raise your hand if you beat a BCS conference team last week. That's right, shut up...bitch.

I've only seen the brief highlights of Saturday's game, but it sure seems like Tyler Lorenzen is the real deal. With their non-conference schedule being the way it is (shitty), the Huskies may only have to win one or two conference games to get themselves bowl eligible, and that's looking more and more like a feat this squad is capable of achieving.