- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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Joe Lefeged had an outstanding game for Rutgers on Saturday. Turns out it was historically good.
The senior was named both the Big East's defensive and special teams player of the week on Monday. Lefeged had two forced fumbles and an interception on defense and blocked two punts on special teams.
Lefeged becomes the first player in Big East history to win defensive and special teams honors in the same week. Syracuse’s Diamond Ferri was the last double award-winner, taking home offensive and defensive player of the week honors on Nov. 29, 2004.
The Scarlet Knights needed Lefeged's heroics in a 19-14 nail-biter.
"On a night when things maybe aren't going your way, you need guys to come up with plays like that," coach Greg Schiano said. "The thing was he created those plays. They weren't just sitting on the table for him. He went out and created those plays."
In other Rutgers news, Schiano said he's "not so sure" that running back Joe Martinek would be ready for the team's next game on Sept. 25 against North Carolina. Martinek injured his ankle in the second half Saturday at Florida International. Schiano told reporters on Sunday that the injury wasn't serious but said Monday that it may be worse than he thought.
Martinek leads Rutgers with 137 rushing yards in two games.