PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The BIG EAST Conference has named Temple running back Montel Harris, Syracuse defensive end Brandon Sharpe and Cincinnati kicker Tony Miliano the winners of the league's weekly football honors for Oct. 8.
Harris was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he rushed for 133 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns and had three receptions for 15 yards to help Temple to a 38-27 win against USF in the Owls’ BIG EAST opener. A transfer from Boston College, Harris turned in his first 100-yard game in a Temple uniform and the 23rd 100-yard game of his career — the most of any active Football Bowl Subdivision player.
Sharpe was tabbed as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after he had seven tackles, including four sacks and six tackles for loss, totalling 45 yards, to key Syracuse’s 14-13 win against Pittsburgh in the Orange’s BIG EAST opener. He led a defensive line that limited the Panthers to just 27 rushing yards and came up with a sack and two tackles for loss on Pittsburgh’s final possession. The four sacks and six tackles for loss are both good for second on Syracuse’s single-game chart.
Miliano was named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week after he scored 10 points as part of the Bearcats’ BIG EAST-leading seventh straight win, a 52-14 decision against Miami (Ohio). He scored six points in the first half, with a field goal and three PATs, to help the Bearcats take a 24-6 lead into halftime.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEKMontel Harris • Sr. • RB • Temple • Jacksonville, Fla.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brandon Sharpe • Sr. • DE • Syracuse • Virginia Beach, Va.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEKTony Miliano • So. • K • Cincinnati • North Bend, Ohio
Camerron Cheatham • Sr. • CB • Cincinnati • Kalmazoo, Mich.
Scored a touchdown on a 68-yard interception return in a 52-14 win against Miami (Ohio).
George Winn • Sr. • RB • Cincinnati • Southfield, Mich.Rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in a 52-14 win against Miami (Ohio).
Jory Johnson • Sr. • LB • Connecticut • Mobile, Ala.
Had a game-high 10 tackles in a 19-3 loss to Rutgers.
Jawan Jamison • So. • RB • Rutgers • Stark, Fla.Rushed for 110 yards on 28 carries in a 19-3 win against Connecticut, turning in his sixth straight 100-yard game.
Tyler Matakevich • Fr. • LB • Temple • Stratford, Conn.
Made his first career start and had a game- and career-high 15 tackles, including 12 solo stops, in a 37-28 win against USF.