IRVING, Texas – East Carolina junior Dwayne Harris, who set a school record with his third kickoff return for a touchdown in East Carolina’s 37-21 win over UAB, was named Conference USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Week according to an announcement by the league office Monday afternoon. The honor is Harris’ second Special Teams Player-of-the-Week award this season.
Harris established a new East Carolina single-season and career record for most kickoff returns for touchdowns with his third of the 2009 campaign, a 99-yarder against UAB in the fourth quarter. In all, he racked up 146 kickoff return yards on three attempts – an average of 48.7 ypr. The 99-yard return was the second-longest kickoff return in program history and was his third return for a score this season. Harris compiled 254 all-purpose yards and accounted for three touchdowns with two scoring receptions, including a 59-yarder that was ECU’s longest pass play and longest touchdown (rushing or passing) of the season. With his eight-catch, 108-yard performance against the Blazers, Harris moved into second place on ECU’s career reception list with 146.
Houston junior quarterback Case Keenum and Southern Miss quarterback Martevious Young share the Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors this week as after both signal-callers put up big numbers in conference wins this past Saturday.
Keenum threw for 405 yards and five touchdowns, while completing 29-of-39 of his attempts with no interceptions in leading Houston to a 55-14 win over Memphis on Saturday. On his third touchdown pass of the game, a four-yard strike to Chaz Rodriguez, Keenum became the school's all-time leader in touchdown passes, eclipsing the previous mark of 91 set by David Klingler from 1989-91. He now has 94 career touchdown passes.
Young recorded 276 passing yards (12-of-21) and added 59 rushing yards in leading the Golden Eagles to their fourth win in his six starts, 44-34 over Tulsa. He threw a career-best four touchdown passes, including a 95-yard strike to DeAndre Brown, which is listed as the second-longest pass play in school history. He also hit Johdrick Morris for a 60-yard TD strike on the Golden Eagles’ first play of the contest and added 12-yard and 34-yard TD passes. It was the fourth-straight game that he has not thrown an interception and he has not thrown a pick in his last 112 attempts.
Rice cornerback Travis Bradshaw was named Defensive Player-of-the-Week. Bradshaw was credited with 13 tackles, including one for a loss, and caused a pair of key fumbles in the fourth quarter of Rice’s 30-29 win over UTEP. He made nine of his 13 tackles in the second half as the Owls held Donald Buckram, the leading rusher in the conference, to just 32 yards on 16 carries in addition to a pair of fumbles in the fourth quarter. After Rice closed the gap to 29-24 with 9:05 left in the game, Bradshaw knocked the ball loose on the ensuing kickoff return to set up the Owls at the UTEP 26. Four plays later, Rice took the lead for good. With 2:03 left in the game and the ball at the Rice 39, he caused Buckram to fumble and allow the Owls to run out the clock. The 13 tackles were Bradshaw’s fifth consecutive game in double-figures, his sixth this year and his 11th in 17 career starts. He leads the country with 84 unassisted tackles.