MAC East Division honorees are Joe Licata (Buffalo), Brison Burris (Miami) and Tyler Grassman (Buffalo).
MAC West Division honorees are Zach Terrell (Western Michigan), Blake Serpa (Central Michigan) and Darian Green (Ball State).
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Offensive Player of the Week: Buffalo QB Joe Licata
Buffalo senior quarterback Joe Licata (Williamsville, N.Y.) was 22-for-29 for 289 yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception in Buffalo’s 29-24 win at Miami on Thursday night. The senior signal caller connected with a season-high 10 different receivers in the game. He threw a season-long 78-yard touchdown pass to Ron Willoughby to give the Bulls a 10-7 lead in the first quarter. He later hit Willoughby on a 9-yard touchdown strike to give the Bulls a 29-17 lead in the third quarter. Licata’s 76 percent completion percentage was the second best effort in his career.
Defensive Player of the Week: Miami DB Brison Burris
Miami senior defensive back Brison Burris (Humble, Texas) had a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown last Thursday in a 29-24 loss to Buffalo. The interception return was the longest defensive touchdown in Yager Stadium history. He added seven tackles from his safety position.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Buffalo P Tyler Grassman
Buffalo senior punter Tyler Grassman (Columbus, Ohio) had another strong performance in a 29-24 win at Miami on Thursday. He had six punts for 261 yards for a 43.5-yard average. His first punt of the game carried a career-best 68 yards. Grassman also handled kick off duties and three of his six kickoffs went for touchbacks.
Offensive Player of the Week: Western Michigan QB Zach Terrell
Western Michigan junior quarterback Zach Terrell (Fort Wayne, Ind.) had 324 total yards in a 58-28 win over Eastern Michigan on Thursday. Terrell was 17-of-23 for 252 yards passing and ran for a career-high 71 yards. Included in Terrell’s 71 rushing yards was a career-best 31-yard scamper for a touchdown, helping the Broncos pull away in the second half. Terrell is second in the MAC and 13th in the country in passing efficiency with a rating of 161.3.
Defensive Player of the Week: Central Michigan DL Blake Serpa
Central Michigan senior defensive lineman Blake Serpa (Sugar Grove, Ill.) collected six tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles in a 14-6 win at Akron. Serpa was part of a Chippewas defense that held Akron to just six points and 25 yards rushing. The senior made a game-changing play midway through the first quarter as his sack and forced fumble for a loss of 18 yards stopped an Akron drive deep into Central Michigan territory and the Zips missed a long field goal on the next play.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Ball State KR Darian Green
Ball State sophomore Darian Green (Lafayette, Ind.) made another key play in the Cardinals 20-10 win over UMass. Green returned the opening kick of the second half 85 yards to the UMass 15-yard line. Ball State would score a touchdown three plays later to go ahead, 17-3.