Bull's junior quarterback B.J Daniels was named to the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll for his performance against Syracuse on Monday.
The Bulls sophomore quarterback did it on the ground and through the air, accounting for 371 yards of total offense in a 37-17 win at Syracuse. Daniels completed 23 of 34 passes for 254 yards (.676) and was not sacked as he easily evaded Syracuse's swarming defense. On the ground Daniels made the Orange pay as he rushed for 117 yards on 21 carries with a rushing score. Daniels who accounted for 75.7 percent of the Bulls offense led the Bulls on seven scoring drives and would have had another passing score if not for a goaline fumble that went out the back of the end zone resulting in a touchback.
Daniels' once again showed the ability to move around the pocket, find open receivers downfield, and many times turn would be sacks into a completion or chain-moving scramble. Bulls' offensive coordinator Todd Fitch found ways to exploit the interior of the Orange defense for Daniels through zone reads, quarterback draws, or through QB sweeps keeping Cuse seconding guessing the entire game.
This is the fourth time this season that Daniels has earned a Conference weekly honor.
Daniels made the honor roll when he finished throwing for a school-record 409 yards with three touchdowns in a 37-34 loss to Cincinnati. Daniels completed 31 of 48 passes for 409 yards, setting career highs in yards, attempts, and completions. On the Bulls first scoring drive, Daniels hit 7-of-9 passes for 72 yards capping it off with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Griffin. Later he hit Andreas Shields for a 17-yard scoring play for a 27-17 lead. With the Bulls trailing late in the game, the redshirt junior threw for 71 yards with three passes of 19 yards or more and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Andre Davis to give the Bulls a four-point lead with 1:27 remaining.
Daniels was tabbed the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Ball State after he put up career highs in completions (28), attempts (39) and passing yards (359) to lead USF to a 37-7 home win. 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.
The Bulls junior also made the Big East's weekly honor roll Monday after his performance in the Bulls' 52-24 victory over UTEP. Daniels passed for 202 yards and two touchdowns and added another 130 yards on the ground, including a 71-yard run for the game's first score.
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.
Here are the Big East weekly awards winners:
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Offense Player of the week: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Syracuse. Sanu had 13 receptions for 129 yards in a 27-12 win against USF, setting school and conference records in the process. Sanu now has 94 catches, breaking the league single-season record of 92 catches, set by Pittsburgs Larry Fitzgerald in 2003. He also broke Kenny Britt's school record of 87 catches, set in 2008.
Defense Player of the Week: Julian Miller, DT, West Virginia. Miller had seven tackles, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown in a 24-21 win at Cincinnati.
Special teams Player of the week: Erin Smith, S, West Virginia. Smith blocked Tony Miliano's game-tying field goal as time expired to seal the Mountaineers' win and bring West Virginia with a half-game of the Bearcats in the Big East standings.
Weekly honor roll
Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville. Had a career-high 13 tackles, including 10 solo stops, in a 21-14 loss to Pittsburgh.
Tino Sunseri, QB, Pitt. Completed 16 of 22 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown and ran for the game-winning touchdown in a 21-14 win at Louisville.
Khaseem, LB, Rutgers. Had a team-high 13 tackles in a 27-12 win against Army.
B.J. Daniels, QB, USF. Had 371 yards of total offense in a 37-17 win at Syracuse. Completed 23 of 34 passes for 254 yards and rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
Steadman Bailey, WR, West Virginia. Had six receptions for 104 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown catch, in a 24-21 win at Cincinnati. It was his seventh 100-yard game of the season.