The BIG EAST Conference, earlier this week, named Rutgers wide receiver Tiquan Underwood as the Player of The Week for his performance in the Rutgers Football season opener versus the University of Buffalo. Additionally, Cincinnati cornerback Mike Mickens and Pittsburgh punter Dave Brytus were also awarded football awards by the conference.
Underwood's performance stole the offensive show for Rutgers and the Big East, after he enjoyed the second-best day by a receiver in league history. Underwood caught 10 passes for 248 yards including touchdowns of 65 and 66 yards in the Scarlet Knights' 38-3 win against Buffalo. The gifted athlete also showed his superior athleticism as both touchdown passes exemplified his ability to run after the catch.
Underwood's performance during the opening week of the 2007 college football campaign stands only behind Ernest Wilford's 279-yard effort for Virginia Tech in the 2002 season on the conference's single-game chart.
The Big East Conference also named Mike Mickens (CB - Cincinnati) as Defensive Player of the Week after his two-interception, six-tackle effort in the Bearcats' 59-3 win against Southeast Missouri State. Lastly, Pittsburgh punter Dave Brytus was tabbed as the conference's Special teams Player of The Week after netting a 45.4 yards per punt average - on 5 punts - in the Panthers season opening victory against Eastern Michigan.
Cincinnati is next in action this upcoming Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in a nationally televised ESPN game against Oregon State this Thursday. #16/#15 Rutgers will host Navy on Friday evening with kickoff set for 7 p.m., while Pittsburgh will do battle against Grambling State on Saturday.
Tiquan Underwood reels in a Mike Teel pass versus Navy in 2006.