American Athletic Conference weekly honors





Gary Nova • Jr. • QB • Rutgers • Elmwood Park, N.J.

Nova engineered Rutgers’ second-half comeback from a 24-7 deficit to help the Scarlet Knights top

Arkansas 28-24. He completed 22 of 43 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair

of fourth-quarter touchdown passes as the Scarlet Knights scored 21 unanswered points to close the

game. Nova, who threw for 147 yards in the fourth quarter against Arkansas, has thrown for 542 yards

and six touchdowns this season.




Martin Ifedi • Jr. • DE • Memphis • Houston, Texas

Ifedi was the leader of a Memphis defense that limited Arkansas State to just seven points and 255

yards of offense in the Tigers’ 31-7 win. Arkansas State had averaged 37 points and 544 yards entering

the game. Ifedi had a game- and career-high 10 tackles to go with 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss

against the Red Wolves, giving him at least one sack in each of Memphis’ first three games. Ifedi enters

this week as the national leader in sacks (1.8 per game) and tackles for loss (3.0 per game).




Janarion Grant • Fr. • WR • Rutgers • Trilby, Fla.

Grant had four punt returns for 106 yards and made the key play to turn Rutgers’ game against Arkansas

in the Scarlet Knights’ favor with a 58-yard punt return in the third quarter. That play sparked Rutgers’

comeback from a 17-point deficit as the Scarlet Knights went on to win 28-24. It was the second special

teams touchdown of the season for Grant, who had a 100-yard kickoff return for a score in the season opener

against Fresno State.




Yawin Smallwood • Jr. • LB • UConn • Worcester, Mass.

Had 13 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in a 24-21 loss to Michigan.


Teddy Bridgewater • Jr. • QB • Louisville • Miami, Fla.

Completed 17 of 22 passes for 212 yards and four touchdowns in a 72-0 win against Florida International. Extended

his streak to 16 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.


Tyus Boswer • Fr. • DE • Houston • Tyler, Texas

Had seven tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and an interception in a 31-26 win against Rice.


Deontay Greenberry • So. • WR • Houston • Fresno, Calif.

Had six receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown in a 31-26 win against Rice.


Marquis Warford • Fr. • RB • Memphis • San Antonio, Texas

Rushed for 173 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in a 31-7 win against Arkansas State.