Smallwood, Williams receive Big East weekly awards

Associated Press Published: September 17, 2012
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STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut linebacker Yawin Smallwood and kick returner Nick Williams have been named the Big East's players of the week on defense and special teams.

Smallwood, had 14 tackles, including 3½ behind the line of scrimmage, and 2½ sacks in the Huskies 24-21 win over Maryland on Saturday.

It's the second time in three weeks the sophomore has earned the honor.

Williams, a senior, had 112 all-purpose yards, including a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri, who led the Panthers to a 35-17 upset of Virginia Tech, was named the offensive player of the week.