Here are the Big East players of the week, as selected by the conference:
Offense: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers. Sanu set league and school records with 16 receptions in the Scarlet Knights’ 38-26 win over Ohio, shattering the previous mark of 13 catches set in 1993 and held by six players. He finished with career highs of 176 receiving yards and two touchdown catches in the win, giving him 29 receptions in the last two games. Sanu ranks as the national leader in receptions (12.0 per game) and is eighth nationally in receiving yards (121.0 ypg).
Defense: JK Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati. Schaffer had a team-high nine tackles with an interception in a 44-14 win against NC State. Schaffer’s 16-yard interception return set up a Cincinnati scoring drive and helped the Bearcats take an early 21-0 lead against the Wolfpack. Schaffer is the league leader in passes defended (six).
Special teams: Pat O’Donnell, P, Cincinnati. O’Donnell was helped establish field position in a 44-14 win over NC State as he averaged 59.7 yards on three punts, pinning the Wolfpack inside the 20-yard line twice.
Weekly Honor Roll
Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati. Rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries and had three receptions for 24 yards and a TD in a 44-14 win over NC State.
B.J. Daniels, QB, USF. Completed 15 of 24 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 130 yards and a TD on 15 carries in a 52-24 win against UTEP.
Lindsey Lamar, WR, USF. Had 215 all-purpose yards and two touchdown receptions in a 52-24 win against UTEP. Had four receptions for 85 yards and had 94 kickoff return yards on five attempts.
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse. Completed 16 of 24 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-30 overtime win against Toledo.
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia. Completed 38 of 65 passes for 463 yards (all school records) and two touchdowns in a 47-21 loss to No. 2 LSU.