- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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Andrea was half-right. We can give her that much, right?
A Cincinnati running back made a big splash this past weekend in the Big East, it just wasn't Ralph David Abernathy IV.
George Winn earned Big East offensive player of the week honors for his performance in Saturday's win over Syracuse, and he is our player of the week as well.
Winn carried the ball 30 times for 165 yards and three touchdowns, and he added a passing touchdown as well. He finished the game with 202 yards of total offense, and he is now the Big East's leading rusher at 112.1 yards per game.
Not bad for a guy tasked with replacing the reigning conference offensive player of the year in Isaiah Pead.
"He's a complete running back, he's not a runner, he's a running back, in terms of pass-protection, being able to throw him the football, running the ball, but also just his special teams value," coach Butch Jones said Monday, adding, "I guess the greatest compliment I can give him is consistency. He's consistent day in and day out, every day is a good day. Doesn't say much but just comes to work every day, and I think about the last four week his practice habits have been phenomenal. In practice he finishes every single run and that shows.
"We have a lot of young players on our football team, and I think they see the work ethic that he brings each and every day and then they see the direct correlation on game day."
So far, so good for the fifth-year senior.