Congratulations to UConn junior linebacker Yawin Smallwood, who was just named the American Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brendon Kay • Sr. • QB • Cincinnati
Kay helped Cincinnati remain a half-game out of first place in the American Athletic Conference standings as the Bearcats were 24-17 winners at Houston. Kay completed 29 of 50 passes for 386 yards and two touchdowns and added a 14-yard rushing touchdown to stake Cincinnati to a 24-7 third-quarter lead. The performance was Kay’s fourth 300-yard game of the season and the fifth of his career. He has thrown for 2,799 yards and 22 touchdowns this season.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yawin Smallwood • Jr. • LB • UConn
Smallwood helped UConn pick up its first win of the season as the Huskies were 28-21 winners at Temple. He had a game-high eight tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss, and scored the game-winning points with a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown. Smallwood ranks third in the American Athletic Conference in tackles, averaging 10.2 stops per game, and has registered his second consecutive season with 100 tackles (102 this season).
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Richie Leone • Fr. • K • Memphis
A semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, Leone averaged 44.7 yards on 10 punts in Houston’s 24-17 loss to Cincinnati. He had three punts of 50 or more yards and saw five downed inside the 20-yard line, including three inside the 10 and two inside the 5. Only one of the 10 punts was returned. Leone ranks fourth in the American Athletic Conference in punting average (43.1 yards).
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Blake Bortles • Jr. • QB • UCF
Completed 21 of 30 passes for 335 yards and rushed for 32 yards and a TD in a 41-17 win at Rutgers.
Silverberry Mouhon • So. • DE • Cincinnati
Had six tackles, including two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss, with a forced fumble in a 24-17 win at Houston.
Preston Brown • Sr. • LB • Louisville
Had nine tackles and a 48-yard fumble return for a touchdown in a 24-17 win against Memphis
Andre Davis • Jr. • WR • USF
Had five receptions for 113 yards in a 16-6 loss to SMU, registering his third straight 100-yard game.
Jay Scott • Sr. • S • SMU
Had two fourth-quarter interceptions to go with four tackles and a pass breakup in a 16-6 win at USF.