The BIG EAST Conference has named USF quarterback B.J. Daniels this week's BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after his four-touchdown performance in the Bulls' 38-30 win at Cincinnati Friday. The conference also named Syracuse linebacker Doug Hogue and Louisville kicker Chris Philpott the winners of the conference's weekly football honors for the week-ending Oct. 23.
Daniels was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he accounted for 321 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to help USF to a 38-30 win at Cincinnati, snapping the Bearcats' 13-game winning streak against BIG EAST opponents and their 14-game winning streak at Nippert Stadium. Daniels completed 13 of 16 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 35 yards and two TDs on nine carries.
The Bulls sophomore QB Daniels went 13-of-16 (81.3%) for 286 yards and two TDs, while rushing for 35 yards and two TDs. Daniels' four total TDs were a career high and his 286 yards passing were the second most in his career. He threw TD passes of 70 and 31 yards, and also had completions of 64 and 39 yards on the day. Overall, he finished with a 272.7 QB rating, the most efficient day of his career.
This isn't the first time Daniels had been honored by the conference. Daniels also was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Bulls 34-22 win over Louisville last year, when he accounted for 445 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. Daniels also earned honorable mention for his performance in the Bulls 30-19 win over the Mountaineers in 2009, and B.J. was also tabbed for honorable mention after leading the Bulls to a 17-7 stunning win over FSU in his first career start.
Hogue, who was named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week Sunday, added BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors to his ledger after he led Syracuse to a 19-14 win at No. 20 West Virginia, giving the Orange their first win against the Mountaineers since 2001. Hogue had 10 tackles, two interceptions, 1.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry in the win, which put Syracuse in sole possession of second place in the BIG EAST standings.
Philpott, who was named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week, tied a school record by making four field goals in as many attempts and scored 14 points to provide most of the scoring in Louisville's 26-0 win against Connecticut. Philpott hit from 39, 42, 26 and 24 yards, tying Nate Smith and Art Carmody for the most field goals in a game by a Cardinal player.
BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
B.J. Daniels • So. • QB • USF • Tallahassee, Fla.
BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Doug Hogue • Sr. • LB • Syracuse • Yonkers, N.Y.
BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Chris Philpott • Jr. • K • Louisville • Atlanta, Ga.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Armon Binns, WR, Cincinnati — Had 12 receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-30 loss to USF.
Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville — Had eight tackles and a forced fumble in a 26-0 win against Connecticut, Louisville's second shutout in the last three games.
Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh — Had five receptions for 139 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown catch, in a 41-21 win against Rutgers. Averaged 27.8 yards per reception.
Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh — Had four tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and a pass breakup in a 41-21 victory against Rutgers.
Ross Krautman, K, Syracuse — Kicked four field goals (28, 19, 33, 22) and scored 13 points in a 19-14 win at No. 20 West Virginia.