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PROVIDENCE, R.I. --
The BIG EAST Conference has named Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, West Virginia defensive tackle Julian Miller and West Virginia punter Corey Smith the winners of the conference's weekly football honors for the week-ending Nov. 26.
Bridgewater was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he engineered a comeback from a 17-3 second-quarter deficit to lead the Cardinals to a 34-24 win at USF, giving Louisville at least a share of the BIG EAST championship. He completed 19 of 28 passes for 241 yards and three second-half touchdowns, helping the Cardinals outscore the Bulls 31-7 in the final 31 minutes. Bridgewater has helped Louisville to five wins in its last six games as the Cardinals claimed their second BIG EAST title.
Miller earns BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks after helping West Virginia to a 21-20 win against Pittsburgh. He had 12 tackles and tied a school record with four sacks against the Panthers, including two sacks on Pittsburgh’s final drive. Miller leads all active Bowl Subdivision players with 27.5 career sacks.
Smith was named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week after he entered West Virginia’s game against Pittsburgh in the second quarter and made an immediate impact in the field position battle, helping the Mountaineers to a 21-20 win. Smith averaged 57.2 yards on four punts, hitting kicks of 57, 50, 62 and 60 yards, dropping two punts inside the Panther 20-yard line and one on the 2-yard line. Smith’s 60-yard punt from the West Virginia 14 in the final two minutes, helped the Mountaineers seal the win on defense.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Teddy Bridgewater • Fr. • QB • Louisville • Miami, Fla.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Julian Miller • Sr. • DE • West Virginia • Columbus, Ohio
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Corey Smith • Jr. • P • West Virginia • Inwood, W.Va.
Pat O’Donnell • Jr. • P • Cincinnati • Lakeworth, Fla.
Averaged 54.0 yards on four punts with three inside the 20-yard line in a 30-13 win at Syracuse.
Isaiah Pead • Jr. • RB • Cincinnati • Columbus, Ohio
Had nine receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 80 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown in a 30-13 win at Syracuse.
Nick Williams • Jr. • WR • Connecticut • East Windsor, N.J.
Had 158 return yards, averaging 42.7 yards on three kickoff returns with a 30-yard punt return in a 40-22 win against Rutgers.
Trevardo Williams • Jr. • DE • Connecticut • Bridgeport, Conn.
Had six tackles with four sacks and a forced fumble in a 40-22 win against Rutgers.
Tavon Austin • Sr. • WR • West Virginia • Baltimore, Md.
Had 10 catches for 102 yards and had 122 all-purpose yards in a 21-20 win against Pittsburgh.