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Monday, November 5, 2012
Big East announces players of the week

By Andrea Adelson

Here are the Big East players of the week, as announced by the league office.

Offense: George Winn, RB, Cincinnati. Winn rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns and added a 37-yard touchdown pass to key Cincinnati’s 35-24 win against Syracuse. Three of Winn’s four scoring plays gave Cincinnati the lead, while his 2-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter accounted for the final margin of victory. Winn, who finished with 202 yards of total offense, enters this week’s game against Temple as the Big East's rushing leader, averaging 112.1 yards per game.

Defense: Keith Brown, LB, Louisville. Brown had eight tackles with one tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the Cardinals’ 45-17 win against Temple, keeping the Cardinals unbeaten at 9-0. Brown led a Louisville defense that allowed just one offensive touchdown and kept Temple off the scoreboard in the second half. And by the way, he is a true freshman.

Special teams: Matt Brown, RB, Temple. Brown returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and finished with a school-record 227 yards on seven kickoff returns (32.4 ypr) in a 45-17 loss at Louisville. Brown, who also had 39 yards on two punt returns (19.5 ypr), finished the game with 266 all-purpose yards.

Weekly Honor Roll

Greg Blair, LB, Cincinnati. Had 10 tackles, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry in a 35-24 win against Syracuse.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. Completed 19 of 28 passes for 328 yards and a career-high five touchdowns in a 45-17 win against Temple.

Ray Graham, RB, Pittsburgh. Rushed for a season-high 172 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in a 29-26 triple-overtime loss at Notre Dame.

Tashon Whitehurst, LB, USF. Had eight tackles with a sack, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry in a 13-6 win against Connecticut.

Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse. Had a career-high 14 tackles with a forced fumble in a 35-24 loss at Cincinnati.