The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly football honors for the eighth week of the college football season.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Storm Johnson • Jr. • RB • UCF • Loganville, Ga.
Johnson led UCF to a 38-35 win at No. 8/6 Louisville, marking the first win for the Knights against a top-10 opponent in school history. He amassed 188 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns against a Cardinal defense that had surrendered just five touchdowns combined in its first six games. Johnson rushed for 109 yards and two TDs and had four receptions for a team-high 79 yards and another score. Johnson leads the American Athletic Conference in scoring (10.0 points per game) and is second in the league in rushing (94.0 yards per game)..
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Derrick Mathews • Jr. • LB • Houston • Houston, Texas
Mathews enjoyed a career day in Houston’s 47-46 loss to Brigham Young. He finished the game with 12 tackles, four tackles for loss and three sacks and scored eight points for the Cougars. He had a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown that gave Houston a 21-17 lead and he registered a safety in the third quarter to give the Cougars a 40-34 advantage.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Paul Layton • Sr. • P • Temple • Burnt Hills, N.Y.
Layton helped Temple win the field position battle that played a key part in the Owls’ 33-14 win against Army. He averaged 45.3 yards on seven punts, resulting in an average starting field position of the 18-yard line for Army on the ensuing drives. Layton ranks second in the American Athletic Conference in punting average at 45.1 yards per punt.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Brendon Kay • Sr. • QB • Cincinnati • Marine City, Mich.
Completed 17 of 24 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns and added a rushing TD in a 41-16 win against UConn.
Ryan Coleman • Jr. • LB • Memphis • Rialto, Calif.
Tied an NCAA record with two fumble returns for touchdowns in a 34-29 loss to SMU. Had a forced fumble and a 15-yard return for a score and added a 19-yard return for a touchdown on special teams.
Beau Barnes • Jr. • DE • SMU • Friendswood, Texas
Had seven tackles and two sacks to go with 3.5 tackles for loss and a key interception in a 34-29 win at Memphis.
Garrett Gilbert • Sr. • QB • SMU • Austin, Texas
Completed 27 of 43 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 49 yards on nine carries in a 34-29 win at Memphis.
Nate D. Smith • So. • LB • Temple • Highland Park, N.J.
Had nine tackles, one tackle for loss and a 19-yard fumble return for a touchdown in a 33-14 win against Army.