PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The BIG EAST Conference has named Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri, Connecticut linebacker Yawin Smallwood and Connecticut wide receiver Nick Williams the winners of its weekly football honors for games through Sept. 15.
Sunseri was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he keyed a Pittsburgh offense that reeled off 537 yards on its way to a 35-17 win against No. 13 Virginia Tech, giving the Panthers their first win of the season. He completed 19 of 28 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns, including two second-half TDs that answered Virginia Tech scores. He helped clinch the win in the fourth quarter, when he engineered a 15-play, 88-yard scoring drive that took nearly eight minutes off the clock.
Smallwood earns BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks following his effort in the Huskies’ 24-21 win at previously unbeaten Maryland. He had a game-high 14 tackles — five more than any other player in the game — to go with 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble that led to a Connecticut field goal. Smallwood leads all FBS players in tackles for loss (3.0 per game) and is eighth nationally in sacks (1.3 per game).
Williams was chosen as BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week after he accounted for 112 all-purpose yards, including a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown, in Connecticut’s 24-21 win at Maryland. On a day in which the Huskies’ offense was held to just 223 yards, Williams helped Connecticut’s cause with 52 yards on two kickoff returns and 60 yards on two punt returns.
BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tino Sunseri • Sr. • QB • Pittsburgh • Pittsburgh, Pa.
BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yawin Smallwood • So. • LB • Connecticut • Worcester, Mass.
BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nick Williams • Sr. • WR • Connecticut • East Windsor, N.J.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Teddy Bridgewater • So. • QB • Louisville • Miami, Fla.
Completed 23 of 28 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns in a 39-34 win against North Carolina.
Khaseem Greene • Sr. • LB • Rutgers • Elizabeth, N.J.Had 10 tackles, leading a defense that allowed just 95 rushing yards in a 23-13 win at USF. Had his fifth straight game with at least 10 tackles.
Jawan Jamison • So. • RB • Rutgers • Starke, Fla.
Had a school-record 41 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown in a 23-13 win at USF.
Jason Hendricks • Jr. • S • Pittsburgh • Brooklyn, N.Y.Had four tackles, two interceptions and one pass breakup in a 35-17 win against No. 13 Virginia Tech.
Ryan Nassib • Sr. • QB • Syracuse • West Chester, Pa.
Completed 22 of 35 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-17 win against Stony Brook.