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PSU, Pitt players both awarded for offense

From Mirror, wire reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State redshirt senior quarterback Sean Clifford was named the Big Ten’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week along with Northwestern’s Evan Hull on Monday.

Clifford completed 19 of 26 passes for 401 yards, four touchdowns and only one interception.

He earned the first Offensive Player of the Week accolade for his career. He is Penn State’s first Offensive Player of the Week since KJ Hamler on Oct. 21, 2019.

Freshman shines

PITTSBURGH — Pitt freshman running back Rodney Hammond Jr. was named the ACC Rookie of the Week for his performance against New Hampshire this past weekend.

Hammond rushed for 100 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries (5.9 avg.) in the Panthers’ 77-7 victory over the Wildcats.

His performance helped fuel Pitt to a school-record 707 total yards and its highest point total since 1926 (an 88-0 win over Westminster).

QBs hurting

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said quarterback Jack Coan’s availability for the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish’s showdown with No. 7 Cincinnati this weekend won’t be known until today.

Coan suffered a severe sprain to his left ankle in the third quarter of Saturday’s 41-13 victory over Wisconsin at Soldier Field in Chicago. He was replaced by redshirt freshman Drew Pyne because true freshman Tyler Buchner was unavailable because of hamstring issues.

“If Jack is healthy, Jack would be our starter,” Kelly said Monday. “Tyler felt really good (Sunday) at treatment so that’s good for us. I think (Tuesday) we’ll make a decision on how (Coan) feels and how he looks.”

If Coan can’t go, Pyne would be the starter and Buchner would be the backup against the Bearcats (3-0) who are coming off a bye week, Kelly said.

Pyne completed six of eight passes for 81 yards, including a 16-yard TD pass to Kevin Austin during a 31-point fourth quarter.

The Fighting Irish (4-0) roared back without Coan, who had thrown for 158 yards and was sacked five times by his former Badgers teammates.

In four games, Coan has thrown for 986 yards and nine touchdowns, but he has been sacked 19 times playing behind an inexperienced offensive line.

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