Following the Bulls home opening win, the BIG EAST Conference has named USF quarterback B.J. Daniels, and USF safety Mark Joyce the winners of the conference's weekly football honors for the week-ending Sept. 10. Syracuse safety Phillip Thomas also earned the top defensive player spot.
USF's B.J. Daniels earned the spot as the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he put up career highs in completions (28), attempts (39) and passing yards (359) to lead USF to a 37-7 home win against Ball State. Daniels only played in two series in the second half, but was 24-of-31 for 289 yards and a touchdown in the first half, and helped lead the Bulls to a 30-0 halftime lead and an impressive 519 offensive yards in the win.
This isn't the first time Daniels had been honored by the conference. Daniels was also named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week twice in 2010, after his four-touchdown performance in a win over Cincinnati and was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Bulls 34-22 win over Louisville last year as well 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
Mark Joyce, a true sophomore was named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week, after setting an early tone in the Bulls USF's 37-7 win against Ball State as he recovered a fumble for a 17-yard touchdown on the game's opening kickoff just eight seconds in, and in doing so tied the USF record as the fastest scoring play in school history. Joyce also had two tackles as part of a defense that limited Ball State to 225 yards of offense.
Joyce also scored in the first game of his career in 2010 as a freshman, when took a 33-yard interception return for a score.
Thomas was tabbed as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after he had four tackles (all solo stops), two interceptions and a pass breakup to help Syracuse hold off upset-minded Rhode Island in a 21-14 win, lifting the Orange to a 2-0 start. He had a 10-yard interception return in the first half, while his second pick came in the fourth quarter on Rhode Island's final possession to clinch the win.
Last week the BIG EAST Conference named safety Jerrel Young as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and kicker Maikon Bonani earned a spot to the weekly honor roll for their performance in the Bulls thrilling 23-20 season opening win over Notre Dame
BIG EAST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
B.J. Daniels • Jr. • QB • USF • Tallahassee, Fla.
BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Phillip Thomas • Jr. • S • Syracuse • Miami, Fla.
BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mark Joyce • So. • S • USF • Deland, Fla.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Isaiah Pead • Sr. • RB • Cincinnati • Columbus, Ohio
Rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, averaging 11.1 yards per attempt, in a 45-23 loss at Tennessee.
Will Stein • Jr. • QB • Louisville • Louisville, Ky.
Completed 30 of 43 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns — all career highs — in a 24-17 loss to Florida International.
Ray Graham • Jr. • RB • Pittsburgh • Elizabeth, N.J.
Rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries in a 35-29 win against Maine. Leads the nation in rushing (161.0 ypg) through two weeks of the season.
Ryan Nassib • Jr. • QB • Syracuse • West Chester, Pa.
Tied a school record with 29 completions and threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-14 win against Rhode Island.
Geno Smith • Jr. • QB • West Virginia • Miami, Fla.
Completed 20 of 34 passes for 371 yards and matched his career high with four touchdowns in a 55-12 win against Norfolk State.
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