Ray Graham was named Big East Offensive Player if the Week on Monday. It marks the second time already this season that Pitt's star running back has earned the weekly honor. Graham picked up the award after his Week One performance against Buffalo, where he rushed for 201 yards in a 35-16 win over the Bulls.
This time, Graham set the national stage on fire with a 226-yard performance against previousaly unbeaten South Florida on Thursday night; helping lead the Panthers to a 44-17 win over the previously unbeaten Bulls. Graham averaged 8.7 yards a carry, rushed for two scores and also had four catches for 42 yards. He has already been named Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week for his performance on Thursday.
Through five games, Graham has rushed for 734 yards on 126 carries (5.8 avg) with eight rushing touchdowns. He also leads the team with 25 receptions. His rushing total leads the Big East, and ranks third nationally. His five-game total also represents the best five-game start to a season in school history. The previous best was Tony Dorsett, who started the 1973 season with 717 yards in the first five games.-