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PROVIDENCE, R.I. --
The BIG EAST Conference has named Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros, Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones and Syracuse wide receiver Dorian Graham the winners of the conference's weekly football honors for the week-ending Oct. 22.
Collaros was chosen as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he accounted for 410 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in a 37-34 win at USF, moving Cincinnati into sole possession of first place in the BIG EAST standings and making the Bearcats bowl eligible. He completed 26 of 41 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns (6, 21, 30) and rushed for 21 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Collaros engineered a 70-yard drive in the last 1:27 of the fourth quarter, capping it with a 2-yard touchdown run to give the Bearcats the come-from-behind win.
Jones was tabbed as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after he had six tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 19 yards, and one pass breakup in Syracuse’s 49-23 win against No. 11/14 West Virginia. Jones led a defensive front that limited the Mountaineers to 70 rushing yards and had four sacks as the Orange defeated their highest-ranked opponent since a 50-42, triple-overtime win against No. 8 Virginia Tech in 2002.
Graham, who was named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week, returned a second-quarter kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to help Syracuse to a 21-9 halftime lead on its way to a 49-23 win against No 11/14 West Virginia. Graham’s touchdown came after the Mountaineers had closed to within five midway through the second quarter. He finished with a game-high 181 all-purpose yards and had a team-high 66 receiving yards on five catches.
BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Zach Collaros • Sr. • QB • Cincinnati • Steubenville, Ohio
BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Chandler Jones • Sr. • DE • Syracuse • Endicott, N.Y.
BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dorian Graham • Sr. • WR • Syracuse • Plantation, Fla.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
JK Schaffer • Sr. • LB • Cincinnati • Cincinnati, Ohio
Had a team-high eight tackles and a fumble recovery in a 37-34 win at USF.
Jeremy Wright • So. • RB • Louisville • Clermont, Fla.
Rushed for 108 yards on 11 carries, averaging 9.8 yards per attempt, in a 16-14 win against Rutgers.
B.J. Daniels • Jr. • QB • USF • Tallahassee, Fla.
Completed 31 of 48 passes for a school-record 409 yards with three touchdowns in a 37-34 loss to Cincinnati.
Ryan Nassib • Sr. • QB • Syracuse • West Chester, Pa.
Completed 24 of 32 passes for 229 yards and four touchdowns with one rushing TD in a 49-23 win against No. 11/14 West Virginia.
Stedman Bailey • So. • WR • West Virginia • Miramar, Fla.
Had seven receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown in a 49-23 loss at Syracuse. Registered his fifth straight game with at least 100 receiving yards.