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PROVIDENCE, R.I. --
The BIG EAST Conference has named Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati linebacker JK Schaffer and Cincinnati punter Pat O'Donnell the winners of the conference's weekly football honors for the week-ending Sept. 24.
Sanu was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he set BIG EAST and school records with 16 receptions in the Scarlet Knights’ 38-26 win against previously unbeaten Ohio, shattering the previous mark of 13 catches set in 1993 and held by six players. He finished with career highs of 176 receiving yards and two touchdown catches in the win, giving him 29 receptions in the last two games. Sanu ranks as the national leader in receptions (12.0 per game) and is eighth nationally in receiving yards (121.0 ypg).
Schaffer was tabbed as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after he had a team-high nine tackles with an interception to key Cincinnati’s defense in a 44-14 win against North Carolina State. Schaffer’s 16-yard interception return set up a Cincinnati scoring drive and helped the Bearcats take an early 21-0 lead against the Wolfpack. Schaffer is the BIG EAST leader in passes defended (6) on a defense that has 16 takeaways — the most in the nation this season.
O’Donnell, who was named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week, was pivotal in establishing field position in Cincinnati’s 44-14 win against North Carolina State as he averaged 59.7 yards on three punts, pinning the Wolfpack inside the 20-yard line twice. North Carolina State’s average starting field position in the first half was its own 17-yard line, which helped the Bearcats build a 24-7 halftime lead. O’Donnell is averaging 47.6 yards on nine punts this season.
BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mohamed Sanu • Jr. • WR • Rutgers • South Brunswick, N.J.
BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JK Schaffer • Sr. • LB • Cincinnati • Cincinnati, Ohio
BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Pat O’Donnell • Jr. • P • Cincinnati • Lake Worth, Fla.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Isaiah Pead • Sr. • RB • Cincinnati • Columbus, Ohio
Rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries and had three receptions for 24 yards and a TD in a 44-14 win against North Carolina State.
B.J. Daniels • Jr. • QB • USF • Tallahassee, Fla.
Completed 15 of 24 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 130 yards and a TD on 15 carries in a 52-24 win against UTEP.
Lindsey Lamar • Jr. • WR • USF • Tampa, Fla.
Had 215 all-purpose yards and two touchdown receptions in a 52-24 win against UTEP. Had four receptions for 85 yards and had 94 kickoff return yards on five attempts.
Ryan Nassib • Jr. • QB • Syracuse • West Chester, Pa.
Completed 16 of 24 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-30 overtime win against Toledo.
Geno Smith • Jr. • QB • West Virginia • Miami, Fla.
Completed 38 of 65 passes for 463 yards (all school records) and two touchdowns in a 47-21 loss to No. 2 LSU.