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Daniels, Joyce earn Big East honors

Posted Sep 12, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Sep 12, 2011 at 01:16 PM

The regular season is just two weeks old, but USF already has had players pick up all three weekly player of the week honors from the Big East Conference.

Junior quarterback B.J. Daniels was named the Big East’s offensive player of the week on Monday following a career-best game in a 37-7 win over Ball State, and sophomore safety Mark Joyce earned the league’s special teams player of the week honor after returning a fumble on the opening kickoff 17 yards for a touchdown.

Last week, senior safety Jerrell Young was named the conference’s defensive player of the week for his performance in a win at Notre Dame.

Daniels set new career highs for completions (28), attempts (39) and passing yards (359) while playing less than three quarters. He also had one touchdown pass, a 20-yard strike to Victor Marc, and threw one interception.

Joyce produced USF’s first score against Ball State, scampering into the end zone just eight seconds into the game after picking up a loose ball caused on a hit from linebacker Mike Jeune and safety Spencer Boyd. It was tied for the quickest score in USF program history. USF also scored eight seconds into a 2007 matchup with Louisville, which also came on a fumble returned for a touchdown on the game’s opening kick.

USF, which rose to No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 and jumped into the USA Today coaches poll at No. 22 this week after improving to 2-0, hosts Florida A&M on Saturday at Raymond James Stadium.

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