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Schiano Hopeful Savage Will Play Saturday; Big East Weekly Honor Roll
***Undefeated Big East powers Cincinnati and South Florida are preparing for an Oct. 15 battle on ESPN. Read about it here.***Greg Schiano says he’s “hoping” that true freshman QB Tom Savage will start Saturday against Texas Southern in the Homecoming game.
“I hope he does. He has been practicing for two days now. I guess the only way that would preclude him from playing is if something took a turn in the other direction. Right now, he is on the way up, Schiano said Monday.
Savage suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of the win against Florida International Sept. 19.
He sat out the Sept. 26 victory over Maryland, with fifth-year redshirt senior Dom Natale starting in his stead.Read this post for more on Schiano’s weekend recruiting visits.BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEKBill Stull • Sr. • QB • Pittsburgh • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Stull completed 16 of 23 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 35-10 win at Louisville. He threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter to help Pitt erase a 10-7 halftime deficit and directed scoring drives on four of the Panthers’ five second-half possessions. Stull has thrown 11 touchdown passes and just one interception this season and is ranked fifth nationally in pass efficiency (167.49).
BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEKNate Allen • Sr. • S • USF • Cape Coral, Fla.
Allen led a USF defense that forced a school record seven turnovers in the Bulls’ 34-20 win at Syracuse. He had a team-high eight tackles and two interceptions. Allen leads the Bulls in tackles (29), interceptions (2) and passes defended (5) this season.
BIG EAST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEKScott Kozlowski • Sr. • P • West Virginia • West Palm Beach, Fla.
Kozlowski helped protect the Mountaineers’ 35-24 win against Colorado by averaging 48 yards on four punts with a long of 56 yards. He hit two third-quarter punts from inside the West Virginia 20 that tipped the field position battle to Colorado’s side of the field and pinned the Buffaloes on their own 8-yard line on a fourth-quarter kick.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLLAlex Daniels, DE, Cincinnati — Had eight tackles and four sacks as part of Cincinnati’s 10-sack performance in a 37-13 win at Miami (Ohio).
Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh — Had five tackles with 3.5 sacks in a 35-10 win at Louisville.
Carlton Mitchell, WR, USF — Had six receptions for career-highs of 139 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-20 win at Syracuse.
Mike Williams, WR, Syracuse — Had 186 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 13 receptions in a 34-20 loss to USF.
Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia — Ran for a career-high 220 yards with a touchdown on 22 carries in a 35-24 win against Colorado.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.