The Monday after the Bulls 24-12 win over Western Kentucky, USF true freshman Terrence Mitchell was named the BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week and RB Demetris Murray was named to the weekly honor roll for his performance. Syracuse running back Delone Carter, and Connecticut linebacker Sio Moore were also winners of the conference's weekly football honors for the week.
Terrence Mitchell racked up 94 yards on just two punt returns during USF’s 24-12 win against WKU, averaging 47 yards per punt. The true freshman’s returns both led to scoring opportunities for the Bulls, including his 67-yard return in the third quarter that led to a touchdown and sparked the Bulls offense. Mitchell fielded the punt at the USF 20-yard line, cruising and cutting past defenders all the way down to the Western Kentucky 13-yard line, leading to a 1-yard B.J. Daniels touchdown. The 67 yard return was the longest for USF since Theo Wilson had a 67 yard return of in the 2008 opener. Mitchell also had a 27-yard punt return in the first that gave the Bulls possession deep in Western Kentucky territory which led to a missed field goal.
Mitchell is the second current bull to be tabbed Special Teams Player of the Week by the conference. In 2008 USF wide receiver Dontavia Bogan earned Big East Special Teams Player of the Week after racking up 135 yards on two returns, setting the USF single game record for return average of 67.5.
USF sophomore running back Demetris Murray was named to the BIG EAST Honor roll after leading the Bulls with a career-high 115 yards on 15 carries in a 24-12 win against Western Kentucky.
Carter was chosen as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he ran for a career-high 172 yards on 14 carries and matched his career high with four rushing touchdowns in Syracuse’s 42-7 win against Colgate. Carter, who has helped the Orange to their best start since 2003, scored on touchdown runs of 24, 9, 12 and 18 yards and registered his eighth career game with at least 100 rushing yards. Carter ranks third in the BIG EAST in rushing with 104.8 yards per game this season and leads the conference with five rushing touchdowns.
Moore was tabbed as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after he had a game- and career-high 16 tackles with an interception in his first career start to lead Connecticut to a 45-21 win against Buffalo. Moore led a Connecticut defense that limited Buffalo to seven second-half points, allowing the Huskies to break open a game that was tied 14-14 at halftime.
BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Delone Carter • Sr. • RB • Syracuse • Copley, Ohio
BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sio Moore • So. • LB • Connecticut • Apex, N.C.
BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Terrence Mitchell • RFr. • DB • USF • Tampa, Fla.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati — Completed 23 of 38 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in a 31-29 loss to No. 8 Oklahoma.
JK Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati — Had 13 tackles and an interception in a 31-29 loss to No. 8 Oklahoma.
Robbie Frey, RB, Connecticut — Came off the bench at halftime to rush for 112 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in a 45-21 win against Buffalo.
Demetris Murray, RB, USF — Rushed for a career-high 115 yards on 15 carries in a 24-12 win against Western Kentucky.
Scott Vallone, DT, Rutgers — Had seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in a 17-13 loss to North Carolina.