Bull’s sophomore defensive end Ryne Giddins was named to the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll for his performance against UCONN on Monday.
This was the sophomore defensive end’s best game of his USF career finishing with 11 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks, all career highs. Giddins made a huge impact in the first half where he had nine tackles two sacks, forced a fumble and broke up a pass that was almost intercepted.
The USF defense bounced back in a big way against UCONN and was one of the only bright spots in the 16-10 loss. The defense put constant pressure on the Huskies and Giddins led the charge as the Bulls recorded a school record seven sacks.
Giddins, who was one of the most heralded recruits in USF history only had one sack in the first five games, but came through Saturday in a fashion that Bulls fans have been waiting for. Hopefully this is just a glimpse of things to come for Giddins and the Bulls defense
BIG EAST Weekly Honors
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati junior RB - Ohio earned the honor afterhe rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in a 25-16 win against Louisville. Pead keyed Cincinnati’s comeback from a 16-7 halftime deficit by breaking free for a 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that gave the Bearcats the lead for good. Pead has rushed for 624 yards and eight touchdowns this season and ranks second in the BIG EAST in rushing at 104.0 yards per game.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Byron Jones Connecticut freshman CB - On a day when Connecticut was held without an offensive touchdown, Byron Jones made the difference on the defensive end with a 10-yard fumble recovery in the fourth quarter to lift the Huskies to a 16-10 win against USF. Jones also had seven tackles as part of a defensive effort that held the Bulls’ offense, which had averaged better than 500 yards per game, to 339 yards and four turnovers.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brandon Jones Rutgers junior CB - Jones earned the honor after he helped seal Rutgers’ 21-20 win against Navy when he blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt with 4:43 left in the fourth quarter that would have given the Midshipmen the lead. It was the first blocked kick of the season for Jones and the fourth for Rutgers. Jones also had two tackles and an interception as the Scarlet Knights held Navy to season lows of 20 points and 303 yards.
Derek Wolfe • Sr. • DT • Cincinnati • Lisbon, Ohio
Had a career-high 11 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and two quarterback hurries in a 25-16 win against Louisville.
Lyle McCombs • Fr. • RB • Connecticut • Staten Island, N.Y. Rushed for 130 yards on 32 carries in a 16-10 win against USF.
Khaseem Greene • Jr. • LB • Rutgers • Elizabeth, N.J.Had a career-high 14 tackles in a 21-20 win against Navy. Helped hold the nation’s leading rushing offense to 204 yards below its average.
Mohamed Sanu • Jr. • WR • Rutgers • South Brunswick, N.J. Had 10 receptions for 100 yards in a 21-20 win against Navy. Moved into sixth place on the school’s career receptions chart (150).
Ryne Giddins • So. • DE • USF • Seffner, Fla. Had career highs of 11 tackles, two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss with a forced fumble and a pass breakup in a 16-10 loss at Connecticut.