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Bridgewater top AAC offensive player

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league's weekly football honors for the first week of the college football season. AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Teddy Bridgewater • Jr. • QB • Louisville • Miami, Fla. Bridgewater, the 2012 Big East Offensive Player of the Year, picked up where he left off last season in Louisville's 49-7 win against Ohio Sunday. He completed his first nine passes on his way to a 23-for-28, 355-yard day that included five touchdown passes and one interception. Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes in the first half, helping the Cardinals take a 28-0 lead into the break and giving him 13 consecutive games with at least one TD pass. AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Terrance Plummer • Jr. • LB • UCF • Orange Park, Fla. Plummer had a game-high 10 tackles with three tackles for loss and a pass breakup in the Knights' 38-7 win against Akron last Thursday. He led a UCF defense that kept Akron off the scoreboard until the Zips' final possession as Akron finished with 250 yards of offense, crossed midfield just three times and made just one trip to the red zone. AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK Richie Leone • Sr. • P/K • Houston • Roswell, Ga. Already considered one of the nation's top punters, Leone added placekicking and kickoff duties in the Cougars' 62-13 win against Southern. He scored 11 points – the first points of his career – by converting field goals of 30 and 38 yards and going 5-for-5 on PATs. Leone also averaged 47.0 yards on four punts, dropping three inside the 20-yard line. WEEKLY HONOR ROLL Blake Bortles • Jr. • QB • UCF • Oviedo, Fla. Completed 18 of 24 passes for a career-high 314 yards with three touchdowns in a 38-7 win against Akron. Nick Temple • Jr. • LB • Cincinnati • Indianapolis, Ind. Had with two tackles, both for losses, an interception and a pass breakup in a 42-7 win against Purdue. Helped limit the Boilermakers to 65 rushing yards and 226 yards of offense. Daniel Spencer • Jr. • WR • Houston • Grandview, Texas Had nine receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns and added a 45-yard rushing touchdown in a 62-13 win against Southern. Preston Brown • Sr. • LB • Louisville • Cincinnati, Ohio Had a team-high nine tackles in a 49-7 win against Ohio, helping to limit the Bobcats to just 81 rushing yards. Gary Nova • Jr. • QB • Rutgers • Elmwood Park, N.J. Completed 26 of 41 passes for 348 yards and five touchdowns with one interception in a 52-51 overtime loss at Fresno State.

Bridgewater top AAC offensive player

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater fires a pass in the second quarter of a NCAA college football game against Ohio University in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Bridgewater, playing three quarters, threw for 355 yards, including five touchdowns as Louisville won 49-7. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater fires a pass in the second quarter of a NCAA college football game against Ohio University in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Bridgewater, playing three quarters, threw for 355 yards, including five touchdowns as Louisville won 49-7. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league's weekly football honors for the first week of the college football season.

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Teddy Bridgewater • Jr. • QB • Louisville • Miami, Fla.
Bridgewater, the 2012 Big East Offensive Player of the Year, picked up where he left off last season in Louisville's 49-7 win against Ohio Sunday. He completed his first nine passes on his way to a 23-for-28, 355-yard day that included five touchdown passes and one interception. Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes in the first half, helping the Cardinals take a 28-0 lead into the break and giving him 13 consecutive games with at least one TD pass.

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Terrance Plummer • Jr. • LB • UCF • Orange Park, Fla.
Plummer had a game-high 10 tackles with three tackles for loss and a pass breakup in the Knights' 38-7 win against Akron last Thursday. He led a UCF defense that kept Akron off the scoreboard until the Zips' final possession as Akron finished with 250 yards of offense, crossed midfield just three times and made just one trip to the red zone.

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Richie Leone • Sr. • P/K • Houston • Roswell, Ga.
Already considered one of the nation's top punters, Leone added placekicking and kickoff duties in the Cougars' 62-13 win against Southern. He scored 11 points – the first points of his career – by converting field goals of 30 and 38 yards and going 5-for-5 on PATs. Leone also averaged 47.0 yards on four punts, dropping three inside the 20-yard line.

WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Blake Bortles • Jr. • QB • UCF • Oviedo, Fla.
Completed 18 of 24 passes for a career-high 314 yards with three touchdowns in a 38-7 win against Akron.

Nick Temple • Jr. • LB • Cincinnati • Indianapolis, Ind.
Had with two tackles, both for losses, an interception and a pass breakup in a 42-7 win against Purdue. Helped limit the Boilermakers to 65 rushing yards and 226 yards of offense.

Daniel Spencer • Jr. • WR • Houston • Grandview, Texas
Had nine receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns and added a 45-yard rushing touchdown in a 62-13 win against Southern.

Preston Brown • Sr. • LB • Louisville • Cincinnati, Ohio
Had a team-high nine tackles in a 49-7 win against Ohio, helping to limit the Bobcats to just 81 rushing yards.

Gary Nova • Jr. • QB • Rutgers • Elmwood Park, N.J.
Completed 26 of 41 passes for 348 yards and five touchdowns with one interception in a 52-51 overtime loss at Fresno State.

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