Sunday, September 16, 2012
Big East helmet stickers: Week 3
By Andrea Adelson
Time to give out a few helmet stickers for a job well done.
Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers. Jamison set a school record with 41 rushing attempts in a 23-13 victory over USF on Thursday night, breaking the previous record of 40 carries, set by J.J. Jennings in 1972 against Colgate. Jamison finished with 151 yards, for his third consecutive 100-yard game of the season and his fourth straight dating back to last season. He is the first Rutgers running back since Ray Rice to record four straight 100-yard games. Included in all those yards was a 41-yard touchdown run -- featuring one of the niftiest spin moves you will see -- with 54 seconds left to seal the win.
Tino Sunseri, QB, Pitt. You know what? Sunseri played perhaps one of the best games of his career, so I am giving out two Pitt helmet stickers. There is no player in the Big East -- not even USF quarterback B.J. Daniels -- who has taken as much heat as Sunseri in his three years as a starter. But he delivered in a big way in the 35-17 upset of No. 13 Virginia Tech, throwing beautiful touch passes and a few deep balls and returning to the game late on a bad ankle to close out the win. Sunseri finished 19-of-28 for 283 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.
Rushel Shell, RB, Pitt. Shell ran with power and determination in the victory. He finished with 157 yards, becoming the first Pitt true freshman to rush for 100 yards in a game since Dion Lewis had 159 against North Carolina in the 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl. Lewis had 10 100-yard games as a true freshman in 2009.
Yawin Smallwood, LB, UConn. Smallwood has been on a tear to start the season. In a 24-21 win over Maryland on Saturday, Smallwood had a team-high 14 tackles, including four for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble. That fumble came following a sack of quarterback Perry Hills. On the season, Smallwood has 35 total tackles, including nine for loss. Teammate Sio Moore was just as active with seven tackles, three sacks and two pass breakups.