Dumervil earn's BIG EAST Player of the Week honors

Senior defensive end recorded a Louisville and BIG EAST Conference record six sacks in Sunday's 31-24 win at Kentucky.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Cincinnati quarterback Dustin Grutza was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week it was announced on Monday. Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil is the league's Defensive Player of the Week. Connecticut's Larry Taylor received conference Special Teams Player of the Week accolades.

Defensive end Elvis Dumervil set a BIG EAST record and school record for sacks in a game with six, leading Louisville to a 31-24 win at Kentucky in the Cardinals' first game as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. Dumervil had a career-best 12 tackles versus the Wildcats, including seven for a loss. Five of his career-best six sacks came in the first half. Dumervil also forced a pair of fumbles and had a fumble recovery.

In his first career start, quarterback Dustin Grutza rallied the Bearcats from a 20-14 halftime deficit to defeat Eastern Michigan, 28-26. Grutza accounted for three of the team's four touchdowns. His 21-yard touchdown run in the third quarter put Cincinnati ahead for good, as the Bearcats went on to victory in their first game as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. Grutza finished the game 17-of-26 for 176 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for 49 yards and a touchdown.

Larry Taylor registered 161 total return yards for the Huskies in Connecticut's 38-0 win over Buffalo. Taylor had five punt returns for 118 yards and one kickoff return for 43 yards. His 118 punt return yards marked the eighth-best performance in BIG EAST history.

The BIG EAST will also name a weekly five-player honor roll in 2005. The honor roll for week one includes Louisville running back Michael Bush (128 yards rushing and two touchdowns), Rutgers' fullback Brian Leonard (193 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns), West Virginia cornerback Eric Wicks (four tackles, including two tackles for loss, one sack and a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown), USF punter Brandon Baker (45.3 yard average, including a career-long 68-yard punt), and Connecticut defensive tackle Deon McPhee (five tackles and one sack in a shutout win over Buffalo).

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