The first major honor of Zach Edward's UC career was handed down today. He was named the American Defensive Player of the Week after his standout performance against Memphis on Wednesday. Edwards made 11 tackles and had a huge fumble recovery that set up a score. He's been incredible all season long. Glad to see that he got noticed by the league. He deserves all the attention that he receives. I have a feeling that this is going to be the first of many honors for Zach Edwards during his UC career.
Anthony McClung found his way to the league honor roll after 9 catches for 98 yards against Memphis. Congrats to him as well.
I'll post the full press release from the American in a second, but first the league also announced the kick time and TV for the Rutgers game on November 16. You obviously guessed it was a noon game. What you might not have guessed is that it's going to be on ESPNews.
I have a feeling the only conference games that won't start at noon are all the ones that aren't played on Saturday. And USF because there were like 3 noon TV games for the league on that day. That game wasn't even on TV either. At least this one is. That's all that matters. Especially since not everyone will be able to see the SMU game since it's the American game of the week.
Speaking of SMU, Tom Groeschen reports UC expects more than 30,000 for the game this Saturday. UC has been very aggressive moving tickets this year. I'm not surprised by this. Not being surprised UC will put in 30,000 for a noon football game is a new feeling.
He also reports that UC is celebrating Senior Day on Saturday. That seems odd to me. The final game isn't until December. They are celebrating it the second weekend of November. I understand it's easier for families to make it to a Saturday game, but they do it differently for basketball. I guess there are less family members for hoops. Either way, that's just weird.
Getting back to what we started with, Zach Edwards as the defensive player of the week. Here is the American release:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league's weekly football honors for the 10th week of the college football season.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Gary Nova • Jr. • QB • Rutgers • Elmwood Park, N.J.
Nova led Rutgers on a 72-yard drive, capped by a 33-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds left, to help the Scarlet Knights rally past Temple 23-20. Nova finished the day 27-for-38 for 371 yards and three touchdowns, including two fourth-quarter TD passes that gave Rutgers the lead. Nova was 5-for-7 for 72 yards on the game-winning drive as the Scarlet Knights took over on their own 28-yard line with 1:50 left in regulation.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Zach Edwards • Fr. • S • Cincinnati • Middletown, Ohio
Edwards helped Cincinnati improve to 3-1 in the American Athletic Conference as he led a Bearcat defense that limited Memphis to 232 yards of offense in a 34-21 win. Edwards had a game-high 11 tackles, including one tackle for loss, and had a fumble recovery that led to a Cincinnati touchdown on the following play. Edwards has 38 tackles with two interceptions in his freshman season.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Marvin Kloss • Jr. • K • USF • Naples, Fla.
Kloss scored 11 points and extended his streak of consecutive field goals made to 13 in the Bulls' 35-23 loss to Houston. Kloss connected on field goals of 50, 49 and 39 yards and was 2-for-2 on PATs to account for nearly half of USF's scoring against the Cougars. Kloss leads the American Athletic Conference with 13 field goals and he has not missed a kick since the first game of the season.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Anthony McClung • Sr. • WR • Cincinnati • Indianapolis, Ind.
Had nine receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown in a 34-21 win at Memphis.
Kenneth Farrow • So. • RB • Houston • Hurst, Texas
Had six carries for 51 yards and a touchdown and five receptions for 24 yards and another score in a 35-23 win against USF.
Trevon Stewart • So. • S • Houston • Patterson, La.
Had 10 tackles and an interception in a 35-23 win against USF.
Leonte Carroo • So. • WR • Rutgers • Edison, N.J.
Had seven receptions for 147 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 23-20 win against Temple.
Mike White • Fr. • QB • USF • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Completed 26 of 41 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-23 loss at Houston in his first career start.