Player Of The Week: ECU's "Mr. Excitement"

IRVING, Texas – Junior wide receiver and return specialist Dwayne Harris, who brought back a kickoff for a touchdown and led East Carolina in all-purpose yardage for the fifth time this season during the Pirates' 49-13 win over Rice Saturday, was named Conference USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Week according to an announcement by the league Monday afternoon.

For the second time in as many games, Harris returned a kickoff for a touchdown to spark the Pirates' special teams play. After bringing one back 77 yards vs. SMU a week earlier, he returned a Rice boot 92 yards for a score Saturday. The return ranked as the 10th-longest in ECU history and was the longest since Chris Johnson had a pair of 96-yarders in 2006 and 2007. Harris’ back-to-back return scores also tied a school single-season record for most KO scoring returns, last set in 1983 by Henry Williams. He accounted for a career-high 264 all-purpose yards and a personal-best three total touchdowns, which also included two scoring receptions.

Houston junior quarterback Case Keenum earned his third offensive accolade after leading No. 17 Houston to a league win at Tulane, while the defensive player of the Week honor went to Tulsa sophomore defensive back DeAundre Brown.

Keenum passed for over 300 yards for the 19th time in his career, completing 33-of-46 passes for 371 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. After holding a slim 9-6 halftime lead, Keenum led Houston to 35 second-half points to give the 5-1 Cougars their best start since opening 5-1 in 2003.

Brown had a career-high 18 tackles in a 28-21 loss against No. 5 Boise State on Oct. 14. He tallied nine solo stops and nine assisted tackles, while also recovering a fumble that led to Tulsa’s first touchdown.


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