Dustin Grutza Named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week

Sept. 2, 2008

CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati quarterback Dustin Grutza (Maysville, Ky./Mason County) was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 1, the league office announced Tuesday.

Grutza completed 21-of-28 passes for career highs of 296 yards and three touchdowns without an interception while finishing with a rushing touchdown and 33 yards on the ground in Cincinnati's 40-7 win against Eastern Kentucky. Grutza amassed a BIG EAST-leading 329 yards of offense and became the eighth quarterback in Cincinnati history to surpass 4,000 career passing yards (4,159).

This is his fourth-career weekly BIG EAST honor. He also earned league honors on Sept. 17, 2007, Oct. 30, 2006 and Sept. 3, 2005.

Defensive end Connor Barwin (Hazel Park, Mich./U of Detroit Jesuit) earned a spot on the weekly honor roll after tallying a team-high tying five tackles along with two sacks in his first start on the defensive side of the ball. Barwin spent the previous three seasons at tight end.

West Virginia linebacker Mortty Ivy and placekicker Pat McAfee earned the conference's defensive and special teams Player of the Week honors, respectively.

Cincinnati returns to action this weekend against No. 4/4 Oklahoma. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EST from Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. The game will be televised by ABC.