On Monday morning the BIG EAST announced that Bulls DE Jason Pierre-Paul was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, and QB B.J. Daniels earned honorable mention for their amazing performance in the Bulls 17-stunning win over FSU Saturday. Also earning this week's Conference football honors were Cincinnati wide receiver Mardy Gilyard, and Rutgers punter Teddy Dellaganna.
The BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, Jason Pierre-Paul, who was playing in just his fourth game for USF had four tackles, three tackles for loss and a pivotal fourth-quarter strip sack that helped USF secure a 17-7 win at No. 18/25 Florida State.
He led a USF defense that limited the Seminoles to 19 rushing yards and just 288 total yards, while registering five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 12 tackles for loss and five sacks to help the Bulls remain unbeaten.
Watch Video of Top Performer USF QB B.J. Daniels (Courtesy ESPN)
Watch video of Defensive POW: Jason Paul-Pierre (Courtesy ESPN)
USF QB B.J. Daniels, making his first career start in his hometown of Tally, accounted for 341 of the Bulls' 368 yards of total offense. He threw for 215 yards and two passing touchdowns, including two completions for 70-plus yards. Daniels also ran for 126 yards, becoming the first quarterback since 1986 to run for 100 yards against the Seminoles
Mardy Gilyard was chosen as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he had nine receptions for a career-high 177 yards and two touchdowns, in the Bearcats’ 28-20 win against Fresno State. Gilyard, who finished with 226 all-purpose yards, had touchdown receptions of 11 and 23 yards to lead a Bearcat offense that was on the field for just 16:18.
Teddy Dellaganna was chosen as BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 40.6 yards on five punts, forcing three Terrapin drives to start inside the 12-yard line and hitting a 51-yard punt from deep inside Rutgers territory to help protect a fourth-quarter lead and helped Rutgers win the field position battle in the Scarlet Knights’ 34-13 win at Maryland.
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week: Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, USF
BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week: Teddy Dellaganna, P, Rutgers
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut — Had 12 tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble in a 52-10 win against Rhode Island. Helped hold the Rams to five first downs and 148 yards.
Antonio Lowery, LB, Rutgers — Had eight tackles, one tackle for loss and a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown on Maryland’s first offensive play in a 34-13 road win.
Joe Martinek, RB, Rutgers — Had 19 carries for a career-high 147 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 34-13 win at Maryland. Had 130 rushing yards in the fourth quarter.
B.J. Daniels, QB, USF — Had 341 yards of total offense and two touchdown passes in 17-7 win at No. 18/25 Florida State. Had 23 carries for 126 yards in his first career start.
Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse — Scored four touchdowns in a 41-24 win against Maine. Ran for three TDs and 72 yards on 19 carries and had his first career touchdown reception.
Pierre-Paul & Daniels are the third & fourth USF football player to earn BIG EAST weekly honors so far this season.
In week two Bulls’ running back Moise Plancher earned a spot on the BIG EAST weekly honor roll for his performance against Western Kentucky after rushing for a career-high 115 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulls' 35-13 win at Western Kentucky.
In week one Safety Nate Allen made the honor roll after recording a team-high 10 tackles and forced a fumble in USF's 40-7 win against Wofford.