Coming off a 277-yard performance against Florida International, it should serve as no surprise that Pitt running back Ray Graham was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week. He is joined by teammate Dan Hutchins, who was named Big East Special Teams Player of the Week. This is the first time a Pitt player has been honored by the conference this season.
Graham rushed for 277 yards on 29 carries, for an average of 9.6 yards per carry, en route to a 44-17 win over Florida International. He scored on touchdown runs of 34, 79 and 19 in the win.
For the season, Graham not only leads Pitt, but leads the conference with 164 rushing yards a game, which is also good for third nationally. He is averaging and astounding 9.5 yards per carry for the season.
Entering the game this past week, Hutchins was leading the nation in net punting. He only punted once Saturday, and still leads in that category, with a 44.75 net punting average. It was his field goals--three of them, while remaining perfect on five extra points, that got him the Big East honor this week. Hutchins had field goals of 30, 38 and 38 in the win over Florida International.
It’s the second time of Hutchins’ career that he has been named Big East Special Teams Player of the Week. He earned the honor last October 12, after his performance against UConn, which included the game-winning 18-yard field goal.
Graham is the fourth Pitt running back over the last six seasons to be named Big East Offensive Player of the Week. Dion Lewis and LaRod Stephens Howling earned the honor once, while LeSean McCoy earned the honor three times in his two seasons at Pitt. Prior to 2005--Dave Wannstedt’s first year at Pitt--a Pitt running back earned the award eight times between 1991 and 2004. In addition to McCoy, Curtis Martin also earned the weekly honor three times in his career.