PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly football honors for Week 1 of the college football season.
OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
McKenzie Milton • So. • QB • UCF • Kapolei, Hawaii
Milton threw for a career-high 360 yards with four touchdowns in UCF’s 61-17 win against Florida International. Playing only three quarters, Milton completed 16 of 21 attempts and threw touchdown passes of 22, 50, 10 and 3 yards.
Zach Abey • Jr. • QB • Navy • Pasadena, Md.
Abey rushed for 235 yards — an American Athletic Conference record for a quarterback — and two touchdowns and threw for 110 yards and a TD in Navy’s 42-19 win at Florida Atlantic. His rushing total was the best of any NCAA FBS player in Week 1, and he became the first player in Navy history to rush for 200 yards and throw for 100 in the same game.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jordan Wyatt • Jr. • DB • SMU • Wylie, Texas
Wyatt became the sixth player in NCAA FBS history to score touchdowns on an interception return and a fumble recovery in the same game as he led the Mustangs to a 58-14 win against Stephen F. Austin. Wyatt had an 85-yard interception return for a TD in the first quarter and recovered a fumble in the end zone in the second quarter. He also had five tackles, a forced fumble, a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tony Pollard • So. • WR • Memphis • Memphis, Tenn.
Pollard, the 2016 American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year, had his third career kickoff return for a touchdown as he took the opening kickoff of the second half 99 yards for a score in a 37-29 win against Louisiana-Monroe. Pollard had 144 yards on two kickoff returns and sits as the national leader with an average of 72.0 yards per return.
Nate Hopkins • Fr. • RB • UConn • Flower Mound, Texas
Rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in a 27-20 win against Holy Cross.
Perry Young • So. • LB • Cincinnati • Birmingham, Ala.
Had 17 tackles (10 solo) with 3.0 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery in a 26-14 win against Austin Peay.
Curtis Akins • Jr. • LB • Memphis • Byhalia, Miss.
Had nine tackles, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups in a 37-29 win against Louisana-Monroe.
Darrell Henderson • So. • RB • Memphis • Batesville, Miss.
Rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in a 37-29 win against Louisana-Monroe.
Jonathan Banks • Jr. • QB • Tulane • Humble, Texas
Completed 10 of 15 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns and had 69 rushing yards and a TD in a 43-14 win against Grambling State.